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14 November 2011

Members of the Society of Radiographers have voted overwhelmingly to support the nationwide Day of Action due to be taken by unions on 30 November in opposition to government plans to reform the pensions of public sector workers.

The ballot of the 17,500 radiographers who work in the National Health Service and carry out crucial medical diagnostic and therapy procedures, was held by the Electoral Reform Society.

The ERS reported that 58.2% of eligible Society members voted and that industrial action was supported by 8504 votes to 1648 votes.

“It is sad that radiographers have to take industrial action to persuade the Government that the pension reforms are unfair, but they feel they have no choice,” said Sue Johnson, president of the Society of Radiographers.

“We and the other unions will keep negotiating right up until the last minute to stop the savage cuts to pension rights,” she continued.

“If we have to go ahead with industrial action, it is our intention to minimise the effect it will have on patients. Our argument is not with them but with the Government and withdrawing labour is one way we can show the depth of our anger at what the government is doing to people’s pensions.”

The form of industrial action by members of the Society of Radiographers will be decided at the local level and discussions will take place with individual employers in the NHS.

Further days of action are planned by the Trades Union Congress if no agreement can be reached with the Government.

For more information contact Warren Town, the Society of Radiographers' director of industrial relations on 020 7740 7209 or 07850 839442, or Dominic Deeson on 01227 469060 or 0795 784 5238.

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