I am sure you are all aware that the current impasse between the BMA and NHSEmployers has forced the hand of the junior doctors committee to ballot for strike action. The BMA press office has released a statement outlining the potential action days and types of action as below:
1st – 2nd of December emergency care only 08:00 – 08:00
8th of December total withdrawal of labour 08:00 – 17:00
16th of December total withdrawal of labour 08:00 – 17:00
Some will feel this does not go far enough, some that this is too heavy handed and others that it is about right. In order for industrial action to be effective it must be done by everyone. In this instance the situation will not be resolved by a small group of hardline doctors walking out indefinitely rather by the whole profession presenting a unified front to give the JDC the largest mandate and hence the most negotiating power.
Needless to say this has been a carefully considered decision and has not been taken lightly. We at BOTA appreciate the continued support of our membership we also encourage anyone whom is not a BMA member to become one. In order to be protected in the event of industrial action you MUST be a member of the BMA. Whilst it is legal to strike in sympathy there is no legal framework to stop you contract being terminated if you are not a member of the Union which has the trade dispute with the employer.
Lastly I encourage all those working within England on an international work visa to contact the BMA prior to engaging in industrial action as there is potential for it to affect your visa status and the BMA and BOTA we do not wish to see any of our membership deported for standing up for what is right.
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