RCN said that almost two-thirds of its members who had voted in a ballot had rejected the offer. The turnout though wasn’t great with just over 16% of members, (65,759) voting. RCN of course is the largest nursing union.
They join the union Unite in the health sector in rejecting the draft agreement proposed by the government in December.
What we think is interesting is that as yet, no major union has actually accepted the pension offer. Even Unison has not put the proposals to its members. Therefore there is a possibility that over a number of months that more and more unions re-join the pension fight. Of course for there to be such a fight we have to win the ballot for the 28 March strike.