Picket lines will be mounted outside hospitals on Monday as hundreds of thousands of health workers including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff stage a fresh strike in a bitter row with the government over pay.
Members of 11 unions will walk out for four hours from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the coalition’s controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.
Unison leader Dave Prentis said the strike, the second in a month, should “sound alarm bells ringing” in Westminster because of the anger of such dedicated workers.
Unions have struck deals with the administrations in Scotland and Wales, increasing their anger at the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who they accuse of refusing to discuss the long-running row. The minister has erected a “Berlin wall of intransigence”, the unions said.
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