In the Herald today:
NURSING leaders involved in a pay dispute with the Scottish Government are considering their next steps after a ballot of members found that almost six out of 10 could be prepared to go on strike.
An indicative ballot for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found that as well as the 58 per cent who would be prepared to go on strike, almost nine in 10 (89.5 per cent) were prepared to take industrial action short of a strike.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/19711768.six-10-scottish-nurses-strike-amid-pay-dispute/
When was the last time we had a laugh at an inept, deliberately misrepresented strike ballot in the MSM?
The Royal College of Nursing has, I’m sure, researchers who know they’ve had to beef up the disappointing results of another survey in an effort to make it seem like they can back up their threats and, perhaps, cheer Anas Sarwar up.
See, the 6 out of 10 is rubbish. Only 30% could be bothered to respond so really they have less that 2 out of 10, at best.
History tells us the other 8 are not even remotely likely to be in favour of strikes. Those angry and determined enough to follow through with such threats, responded and even the 20% contains quite a few who are all talk in an ‘indicative’ ballot.
They’ve just had an ‘inflation-busting’ 4%, ahead of the late-offer of 3% in England and 7 out of 9 unions involved in NHS Scotland accepted. The RCN has been in dispute with the Scottish Government since 23 June and they’re going to strike just before Christmas? Sure they will.
Go on RCN, try a ballot where agreeing leads to real action and see how many you get.