It’s essentially the most great time of the 12 months, so the tune goes – that is until one in all this week’s strikes disrupts your Christmas plans. On Tuesday, nurses are staging one other walkout – as the federal government in England stands “resolute” on the problem of their pay. Patient surgical procedures and appointments can be cancelled.
Cabinet minister Oliver Dowden insisted on Sunday that ministers have been “trying to be reasonable” over pay – however stated they’d an obligation to maintain funds below management. Last week, many 1000’s of nurses stopped work for a day. The identical is probably going on Tuesday.
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So, who’s on strike on Tuesday?
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Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will stroll out once more throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Last Thursday, the primary strike day, at the very least 19,000 sufferers had surgical procedures and appointments postponed – based on figures launched by NHS trusts in England and Northern Ireland. In England alone, 9,999 workers have been absent from work due to the strike.
If you’ve gotten a Tuesday appointment, and have not been instructed it’s cancelled, the recommendation is to imagine it is going forward and do not name your native hospital to examine.
The strike will contain nurses in a couple of quarter of hospitals and group groups in England, all well being boards in Northern Ireland and all however one in Wales (the Aneurin Bevan in south-east Wales).
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What NHS providers can be working?
- Trade union legal guidelines state that life-preserving care needs to be supplied – so all nursing workers are anticipated to work in intensive and emergency care
- Other providers, corresponding to most cancers care and kidney dialysis, are additionally more likely to be given some safety
- Routine providers can be affected nonetheless, corresponding to deliberate operations like knee and hip replacements, district nursing and psychological well being care
- Each hospital belief has been negotiating with native RCN representatives about what care ought to be supplied – so ranges of care will range
If there are security considerations through the strike, nurses may very well be pulled off picket strains to work.
The RCN is looking for a pay rise of 5% above the RPI inflation fee – presently 14% – in opposition to which wage will increase are sometimes judged.
NHS workers in England and Wales, together with nurses, have already been given a mean enhance of 4.75% – with a assured rise of at the very least £1,400 for the bottom paid.
In Northern Ireland, NHS workers are to get the same enhance – backdated to April.
Speaking after final Thursday’s strike, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated the pay supply to nurses was acceptable and honest. But some well being leaders and former Conservative ministers have urged the federal government to rethink.
In Scotland, RCN members should not putting. They have been contemplating an up to date pay supply from the Scottish authorities – a mean 7.5% enhance – which has already been accepted by Unite, Unison and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) – however rejected by the GMB union.
Driving checks cancelled
Civil servants within the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) – together with driving examiners – are putting on Tuesday.
It’s a part of regional, focused motion – with completely different areas affected at completely different instances.
Until 24 December, the walkouts are in north-west England and Yorkshire and the Humber.
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From Tuesday teatime, we could have one other strike briefing for you – waiting for Wednesday.
But, with Christmas edging nearer, we all know it is one of many busiest and most chaotic weeks of the 12 months for many individuals. So bear the next in thoughts for the week forward:
When is the ambulance strike?
Wednesday 21 December – throughout most of England and Wales. The walkout by the three unions will have an effect on non-life threatening calls solely – but it surely may see individuals who have had journeys and falls not being responded to.
When are Royal Mail workers on strike this week?
Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December – members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will stroll out on two of the busiest days for pre-Christmas deliveries.
If you continue to have playing cards to put up, sadly you’ve gotten missed the final Christmas posting days for each first and second-class mail.
When is the subsequent practice strike?
There is ongoing disruption and a few localised strikes all through this week and nicely into subsequent, however a nationwide strike of RMT members is because of begin at 18:00 on 24 December till 06:00 on 27 December. However, below regular circumstances, trains do not run on Christmas Day or Boxing Day anyway.
- East Midlands Trains – Unite union strike on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December
- CrossCountry – TSSA union strike on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December
- GWR and West Midlands Railway – TSSA union strikes Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 December
Take a take a look at our full information to the practice strikes or the recommendation from Network Rail.
Check out our full rundown of all of the December and January strikes.
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