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BMA staff members go on strike over pay

BMA staff members will strike against the trade union today over a 1.5% pay offer, the day before doctors themselves take industrial action.

The GMB union confirmed the action would take place today, backing away from holding any action that would disrupt the BMA's planned industrial action tomorrow.

The staff are holding their strike action in protest to their current pay offer, after a ballot, which finished on the same day as the BMA members' ballot, showed that 81.2% of GMB members voted to strike.

Tony Warr, GMB Organiser, said: ‘The BMA is aware that our door remains open in order to reopen negotiations to achieve a settlement.'

‘The BMA Council should practice what it preaches in terms of achieving a negotiated settlement. As the BMA prepares for the first industrial action by doctors in 40 years they should enter into talks to avert industrial action by its own staff.

‘The BMA rightly expects the Government to negotiate in good faith and they should do the same.'