Saturday, February 4, 2023

Nurses join general strike in Britain

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Thousands of male and female nurses walked out of their workplaces across England on Thursday, adding to widespread labor unrest this month in the United Kingdom, where ambulance and postal service workers, bus drivers and airport baggage dispatchers were on strike to demand Better pay amidst the crisis of survival.

The Royal College of Nursing Nurses Union reported that emergency services in hospitals would continue to operate as normal and nurses would continue to work in neonatal and pediatric chemotherapy and intensive care units. But many less essential hospital treatments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to be affected.

Although nurses were not planning to go on strike in Scotland, Thursday’s move by nurses was described as the most widespread since the UK’s National Health Service was founded in 1948.

The Royal College of Nursing is seeking a pay rise of 5% above inflation, although it has indicated it will accept a lower offer. The government considers this demand unmanageable and talks between the two sides broke down on Monday.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday that his government has “continually spoken to all unions involved in all pay disputes”.

Train travel across the country was also severely affected this week after members of the Rail, Shipping and Transport unions went on strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. They also plan to leave their workplace on Friday and Saturday.

The strike closed almost half of Britain’s rail lines. There will be no train service in parts of the country, including most of Scotland and Wales.

Postal service workers, who are part of the Communications Workers’ Union, also held a 48-hour nationwide strike this week and are scheduled for more days off work for Christmas.

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