Latest nurses strike ‘disrespectful’ to other health unions, states minister

Strike action by nurses in England is “premature and disrespectful” to other unions, health secretary Steve Barclay stated on Sunday as the disagreement in between the federal government and health employees over pay and working conditions magnified.

The walkout by members of the Royal College of Nursing starts at 8pm on Sunday night and will conclude at 11.59pm on May 1. It follows the union’s choice in April to turn down a federal government deal that consisted of a one-off payment and a 5 percent pay boost in the 2023-24 .

Barclay criticised the choice by the RCN to release additional strike action prior to the NHS personnel council, which has agents from 14 unions and supervises NHS pay, satisfies on Tuesday to consider what he stated was the federal government’s “fair and reasonable” pay deal.

“Here’s a deal that Pat Cullen herself recommended to her members that we reached after days of negotiation in a fair and reasonable settlement,” he stated, keeping in mind that other health unions such as GMB and the Royal College of Midwives had actually supported the federal government’s offer.

“The NHS Staff Council will meet to vote on whether it accepts the agreement that we negotiated with them. I think it’s right to wait for the NHS Staff Council to come to that decision. And I think this strike is premature and disrespectful to those trade unions that will be meeting on Tuesday.”

The newest action by the RCN comes as other public sector unions are speeding up strike action after turning down federal government handle a push for much better pay and working conditions.

Pat Cullen, basic secretary of the RCN © REUTERS

Teachers represented by the National Education Union are because of abandon May 2, while all 4 of the UK’s significant mentor unions — the NEU, the National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of School and College Leaders and the NASUWT — recently threatened co-ordinated strike action that might see upwards of 300,000 instructors down tools.

Meanwhile, civil servants represented by the Prospect union will abandon May 10 and June 7.

Health leaders and ministers have actually voiced issue at the possible effect of the 28-hour strike action by nurses on client security. The walkout will impact 125 NHS trusts and will for the very first time consist of nurses operating in extensive care systems, cancer care and emergency situation departments.

Pat Cullen, basic secretary of the RCN, on Sunday firmly insisted that the union would never ever leave “patients unsafe or create more risk”.

“There are national exemptions in place for a range of services, for emergency departments, for intensive care units, for neonatal units, paediatric intensive care units, those really acute urgent services,” Cullen informed Sky News.

Transport secretary Mark Harper has actually implicated striking rail employees of targeting the Eurovision Song Contest © Getty Images

Despite the mitigations, Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, alerted that the health service was most likely to be badly interfered with over the bank vacation.

“The industrial action will still have a very significant impact on services during the strike period and patients can expect to see longer waits for care,” she stated.

Meanwhile, the basic secretary of the train chauffeurs’ union, Aslef, on Sunday criticised the transportation secretary, after he implicated striking rail employees — who are because of abandon May 12, May 31 and June 3 — of intentionally targeting the Eurovision Song Contest and other occasions.

“Ukrainian Railways have been specifically targeted by Vladimir Putin, rail workers have been killed in their hundreds and I would have thought frankly rail workers would have wanted to stand in solidarity with them rather than targeting the Eurovision Song Contest,” Harper informed Sky News.

Aslef basic secretary Mick Whelan explained the minister’s remarks as “ridiculous”, including: ‘The just individuals who are accountable for the continuous strikes in this nation — in all the various sectors of the British economy — are the federal government and the companies.”


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