BMA to discuss industrial action over NHS pension changes

The BMA has promised to look at the possibility of industrial action to protest against the proposed changes to public sector pensions.

The BMA, along with 13 other unions, including Unison, RCN and Unite, has agreed to set up a Pension Campaign Group that will look at the options relating to pension negotiations.

The group said it has not ruled out industrial action, but that it will ensure patient safety remains paramount.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The unions remain committed to pension negotiations and expect the government to reciprocate and not set out unrealistic timetables or ultimatums.

‘The group will look at all issues relating to the pensions negotiations, including the possibility of industrial action in the event that the talks fail to make progress.’

The Guardian reports today that the unions are planning a series of ‘targeted strikes’ from the autumn if negotiations break down.

It said ‘smart’ strike action could be put in place that would disrupt ‘swathes’ of the health service.

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