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Nurses vote for strike ballot if seven-day NHS means pay cuts

Delegates at UNISON's annual health care conference yesterday gave an overwhelming 'yes' vote to an industrial action ballot if any government tried to remove unsocial hours payments.

The Conservatives have pledged to extend more NHS services across seven days, yet there are currently no explicit plans for funding.

Christina McAnea, head of health at UNISON, said: “Any move to a seven-day NHS must not cost staff a penny. Our members made their views clear today. Come after our unsocial hours payments and we will ballot for industrial action.

The Conservatives are centering their election campaign around having a strong economy which they say will enable them to protect the NHS.