Nurses in Northern Ireland are set to opinion on either or not they will take industrial action, brief of walking out on strike, in a brawl over pay.
The list is being organized by a Royal College of Nursing (RCN), that described a pierce as “unprecedented”.
The RCN pronounced Northern Ireland was a usually partial of a UK where nurses have not perceived a compensate arise for 2015-2016.
But a orator for Stormont’s Health Minister Simon Hamilton claimed trade unions “refused” talks on a issue.
The list will ask nurses to opinion on a work-to-rule protest, that might outcome in them refusing to work delinquent hours or lift out non-nursing activities.
The RCN’s executive in Northern Ireland, Janice Smyth, said: “Not usually are a members now paid reduction than their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales, though many other open servants in Northern Ireland have perceived a compensate award, withdrawal nursing, a primarily womanlike profession, subjected to astray treatment.
“An gifted staff helper in Northern Ireland is now paid £279 a year reduction than in England and £561 a year reduction than in Scotland,” she added.
“The summary that a caring they yield to a people of Northern Ireland is not valued is being done shrill and clear.”
However, a health minister’s orator pronounced Mr Hamilton “values a essential purpose that nurses play in a continued sustenance of a high customary of caring in Northern Ireland”.
The orator combined that Department of Health officials had “repeatedly sought to rivet with trade unions who have refused to enter into discussions on a allotment for 2015-16″.
“The dialect stays carefree this will change and that unions will engage,” a orator said.
As good as refusing to work delinquent hours, a RCN pronounced a industrial movement could embody refusing to lift out activities “imposed on nurses” that the members trust are “not directly related” to nursing care.