Health workers on strike yesterday received tremendous support during their four-hour stoppage. Tens of thousands walked out in protest at the Government’s decision to deny a paltry 1% pay rise to all NHS staff.
were picket lines at every acute hospital, ambulance station and across many
community health services in the West Midlands and while on strike workers
provided life and limb cover and cared for anyone in need of emergency
Buonaguro, UNISON West Midlands Regional Head of Health said:
the anger is spreading, so is the public support for NHS workers’ fight for
fair pay. NHS workers don’t go on strike lightly but they do so carefully
and safely. Patient safety is paramount and this is why workers stopped for
just four hours. All we’re asking for is fair pay, and the public understand
The growing public support for health workers is overwhelming. They
understand health workers are being reasonable. We are
not talking big money or bonuses here, it’s simply the money that the
Independent NHS Pay Review Body said they should have.
services were affected in every major hospital and ambulance station.”
on to say:
irresponsible of the Government to not even try to resolve this dispute. Their
behaviour is in danger of putting patients and the public at risk.
NHS workers will now take part in action short of
strike action between Tuesday 25 November and Sunday 30
November, with members working to rule.”