Nurses are protesting for wages

AA/ Ankara / Pisa bin Nur Dunems

UK nurses plan to strike next month in a dispute with the government over pay.

The first phase of its kind will be held from December 15 to December 20.

“The strike will take place across England, Northern Ireland and Wales after the government rejected our formal negotiations,” the Royal College of Nursing said in a statement on Friday.

Meanwhile, strike plans in Scotland have been put on hold after Edinburgh decided to return to the negotiating table.

The university, which said the pre-Christmas strike would be the first step in its action, said: “If the government fails to hold formal talks, further new strike dates may be announced after the December strike”.

“The UK government has the power and means to end strikes at any time but has chosen to go this route,” the statement added.

“The debate about pay is about patient safety. Nurses are fed up with low pay and precarious staffing conditions. It interferes with giving our patients the care they deserve,” Pott said. Cullen, college secretary and CEO, in a statement to reporters.

The UK is currently experiencing a flurry of industrial activity fueled by a crisis in the cost of living caused by high inflation and a deteriorating economy.

Earlier this week the Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers announced 48-hour rail strikes ahead of Christmas and New Year.

*Translated from Arabic by Malek Jomni

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