Justice Reduces Nurse Strikes

The High Court, hearing Health Minister Steve Barclay on Monday, found that the six-month period of the strike ended at midnight on May 1 and that the strike on May 2 was illegal.

Via Le Figaro with AFP

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This new strike, for the first time, will not spare emergency services and intensive care or cancer units. Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The High Court in London has ruled that British nurses must call off their next strike after the Ministry of Health announced they planned to walk out on Thursday, May 2. Engagement since December An unprecedented social movement The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the main trade union in the profession since its formation over a century ago, recently announced a new 48-hour strike from 8pm on 30 April to demand a pay rise.

After rejecting the government’s latest proposals – a 5% increase and an exceptional single payment of at least 1,250 pounds (1,425 euros) – this new strike, for the first time, will not leave emergency services and intensive care or cancer units. But Health Minister Steve Barclay heard in the High Court on Monday that the six-month window in which the RCN could hold strikes ends at midnight on May 1, following a vote by union members last year. 2 is illegal.

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RCN general secretary Pat Cullen confirmed that nurses would not strike on May 2 but would walk off the job on the evening of April 30 and May 1 as planned. “After this weekend, we will organize a new referendum on the strike for another six months“, she declared. “The Government wishes to continue to work constructively with the Royal College of Nursing“Steve Barclay said for his part after the court verdict.”We are now asking them to do what is right for patients“, he added, calling on the union to save emergency services and intensive care and cancer units.

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Inflation in the United Kingdom, which has exceeded 10%, has led to months of social movements demanding pay rises in public services and the private sector. Railway employees announced new strike days on Thursday. Tens of thousands of teachers also walked out in England on Thursday.

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