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UK: ‘Enough is enough’ - Dozens of nurses protest outside London's hospitals as 2-day strike begins01:58

UK: ‘Enough is enough’ - Dozens of nurses protest outside London's hospitals as 2-day strike begins

United Kingdom, London
January 19, 2023 at 08:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of Royal College of Nursing union members gathered outside several hospitals in London on Wednesday, as healthcare workers went on a planned 48-hour strike across England to demand better working conditions and wages.

The two-day strike took place after a long-running dispute between the government and the Royal College of Nursing over the salaries of nurses and other healthcare workers in the UK. Activists said they had not received a corresponding pay rise in recent years.

"The terrible irony is that the Royal College of Nursing has existed for 106 years, and this is their first strike in England. The idea that nurses cannot take action because the government is rushing to pass laws is outrageous,' an activist said.

For over 10 years, nurses' salaries have not increased despite surging inflation and the COVID pandemic.

Following the UK government's proposal to only increase salaries by 2% in the next year, strikes by National Health Service staff may continue.

UK: ‘Enough is enough’ - Dozens of nurses protest outside London's hospitals as 2-day strike begins01:58
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Dozens of Royal College of Nursing union members gathered outside several hospitals in London on Wednesday, as healthcare workers went on a planned 48-hour strike across England to demand better working conditions and wages.

The two-day strike took place after a long-running dispute between the government and the Royal College of Nursing over the salaries of nurses and other healthcare workers in the UK. Activists said they had not received a corresponding pay rise in recent years.

"The terrible irony is that the Royal College of Nursing has existed for 106 years, and this is their first strike in England. The idea that nurses cannot take action because the government is rushing to pass laws is outrageous,' an activist said.

For over 10 years, nurses' salaries have not increased despite surging inflation and the COVID pandemic.

Following the UK government's proposal to only increase salaries by 2% in the next year, strikes by National Health Service staff may continue.