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NHS radiographers vote for industrial action

03 October 2014

Diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy professionals who are members of the Society of Radiographers have voted to take industrial action.

  • 53.3 % said they were prepared to take part in strike action;

and

  • 78.9 % said they would take part in action short of strike action.

The turnout was 41% of SoR members eligible to participate in the ballot.

The ballot was held by the SoR because of a continuing pay freeze in the NHS, the fourth in the past five years. Other health service trades unions have also voted to strike over the issues, which include the government’s rejection of a recommended 1% pay rise for the current year.


“It is very unusual for radiographers to vote for industrial action and this vote shows the anger they feel,” said Richard Evans, the Society’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Working people in the NHS have had to accept decreasing standards of living for long enough. Pay has been eroded by inflation and the government year-after-year has refused even the smallest of increases,” he continued.

“In real terms, radiographers and many millions of others who work in the NHS, have taken a pay cut and there is no increase planned for next year either.”

The UK Council of the SoR meets on 8 October when they will discuss the ballot result and decide what action will follow.

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Notes for Editor

1. The SoR represents 28,000 people who work in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer. More than 19,000 radiographers work in the NHS. 2. 9 out of 10 patients see a radiographer during their time in hospital. 3. The SoR has joined other unions such as Unite, Unison, GMB, HCSA and the Royal College of Midwives in balloting members. 4. For further information please contact Richard Evans on 020 7740 7202, or on 0783 446 7723 or by email at richarde@sor.org. Or contact Dominic Deeson on 0795 784 5238 / 01227 469060

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