The first day of industrial action will be Tuesday 3 December 2019.
Following the news that nurses in Northern Ireland voted “overwhelmingly” to take industrial action, the Royal College of Nursing governing Council has approved dates on which the action is to take place.
This will be the first time in the colleges’ 101-year history that members have taken strike action.
Some 96% of those members who returned their ballot papers voted to take industrial action and 92% voted to take strike action.
Industrial action will commence on Tuesday the 3rd of December 2019 and will see nursing staff declining all non-patient-related tasks. Two further dates of industrial action will take place on 10 and 11 December 2019.
The first day of full strike action which will be Wednesday the 18th of December 2019.
‘We have been left with no choice’.
Pat Cullen, Director of the RCN in Northern Ireland, said: “Nurses are very disappointed that there has been no further meaningful engagement with the Department of Health regarding the safe staffing and pay crisis that we are facing in Northern Ireland.
“RCN Council has now approved a schedule of industrial action and strike action. Regrettably, this will begin before the Christmas period.
“The first two weeks of action will be industrial action followed by our first day of strike on 18 December. We are now putting plans in place to determine how this will be managed and delivered.
“While no nurse wants to take this action, unfortunately, we have been left with no choice and we are now carrying out the instructions that our members have clearly voted for.
“We will have further details on the impact this will have upon services closer to the time.”