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Legal advice: Can nurses take strike action with junior doctors?

Junior doctors may strike as a result of proposed changes to their contracts. Can my colleagues and I take strike action with them?

Question: Junior doctors may strike as a result of proposed changes to their contracts. Can my colleagues and I take strike action with them?

Industrial action falls into two categories: going on strike or taking action short of a strike, such as refusing to do overtime.

For industrial action to be lawful it must follow a set of procedures. These require the relevant trade union to hold a ballot and the majority of those voting have to support industrial action in that ballot.

So if junior doctors take strike action, this will have been organised by their trade union, the British Medical Association. A strike organised by the BMA will only be lawful for its members, so if you and your colleagues are not members of the BMA, you cannot lawfully take part in the strike, or any other form of industrial action organised by the

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