UK health workers commence historic strike over pay

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo

The United Kingdom’s health workers have commenced their largest strike on Monday over pay.

Tens of thousands of nurses and ambulance workers have marched to experience their greiviances over low pay, putting pressure on the National Health Service run by the state government.

It was reported that the two categories of health workers, the nurses and ambulance workers have strikes separately on different occasions.

The marching out involving both the nurses and the ambulance workers is the largest since the 75-years existence of the NHS.

According to Reuters, the NHS Medical Director, Stephen Powis has said that Nurses will commence their strike on Tuesday, the physiotherapists will walk on Thursday, and ambulance workers will march out on Friday.

The government claims that health workers’ demands for salary increases reflecting the highest inflation in Britain in four decades are unaffordable and would lead to more price increases, which would then raise interest rates and mortgage payments.

Meanwhile, the issue of strike has been rampant since last holidays with about 500,000 workers, many from the public sector staging the movement.

This must have put pressure on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to resolve the issues while not having so much impact on the public services.

Reuters reported that, the Royal College of Nursing trade union wrote to Sunak over the weekend requesting that he resolves the nursing strike by bringing it “to a swift close” through “meaningful” pay.

The Minister for Mental Health and Women’s h
Health Strategy, Maria Caulfield, said to Sky News on Monday, “We’ve got one of the busiest winters we have ever had with record levels of funding going into the NHS to try and manage services.”

“So every percent of a pay increase takes money away.”

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