Second NHS workers’ strike called

NHS staff striking over pay outside St Richard's Hospital in Chichester last month
NHS staff striking over pay outside St Richard's Hospital in Chichester last month

NURSES, midwives and other NHS workers will again go on strike over pay, Unison today announced.

On Monday, November 24, hospital staff from St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester will join others across the country taking part in a four-hour strike between 7am and 11am.

From Tuesday (November 25) to Sunday (November 30) staff will be taking their breaks and not working extra hours for free, the union said.

Unison is calling for a 1 per cent pay rise for the NHS staff it represents, and this is the second action called after members of 11 unions walked out for four hours across the country on November 24.

Unison says no pay increase means staff working in the NHS are struggling to make ends meet due to high rents and the high cost of housing.

There are now NHS workers who have to miss meals as they have so little spare money after paying rent or mortgages and bills, it says.

The 1 per cent pay increase was recommended by the NHS Pay Review body but rejected by government, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt suggesting thousands of staff would have to be laid off if the pay increase came into force.