NHS threatens legal action to BLOCK second day of May Day nurses’ strike: Health chiefs claim action is ‘unlawful’ because union’s mandate expires just HOURS before
The NHS is threatening legal action against striking nurses, claiming that the second day of their planned walkout next month would be ‘unlawful’.
NHS Employers wrote to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) yesterday, warning that they do not have a legal mandate to endorse industrial action in England on May 2.
It means that the health service and the nurses’ union could face a clash in the High Court over whether the walkouts can go ahead.
Pat Cullen, chief executive of the RCN, last week announced the 48-hour strike, which will run from 8pm on April 30 to 8pm on May 2.
Pat Cullen (pictured: centre), the Royal College of Nursing’s general secretary and chief executive
But NHS Employers claims this would be unlawful as the RCN’s strike mandate runs out by midnight on May 2.