Midwives in Blackpool are set to vote on whether to take part in industrial action over pay for the first time in history.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), which acts for midwives and maternity support workers working for the NHS in England, is balloting its 26,000 members after they were refused a one per cent pay increase by the Government which instead has proposed a two-year settlement.
RCN chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “Midwives are at the end of their tether.
“They have already accepted long-term pay restraint and changes to their pension and terms and conditions.
“Meanwhile they are working harder and harder to deliver high quality care with continuing shortages of midwives and daily pressures on services.
“Of course it goes without saying that if it is necessary to take action RCM members will not put the safety and care of women and babies at risk.”
The ballot will be held in September.