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BMA strike action averted

By Steve Nowottny

A strike by more than 200 members of the BMA's staff has been averted after last-minute negotiations with the GMB trade union.

More than 70% of the staff had voted to take industrial action over an imposed system of Performance Related Pay.

But organisers this week called off the strike at the eleventh hour after two days of intensive negotiations.

GMB organiser Dave Kent said: ‘The BMA and GMB have jointly agreed that the deadline for commencing strike action will be extended by 4 weeks to 20 June 2008 just in case.'

‘The BMA and GMB have jointly agreed ‘to enter into proper and meaningful negotiations, without prior commitment on either side, to ensure we have a modern remuneration system that is fair and to explore replacing or adapting the current system.'

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