Nurses at St Helens and Weston hospitals to strike for wages !

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Nurses are set to join a nationwide strike tomorrow outside Whiston and St Helens hospitals over pay.

The wave of industrial labor that has swept the country for months this week will continue and could escalate unless bitter disagreements over wages, jobs and conditions are broken through.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will walk out across England on Wednesday and Thursday, and the union has warned that if there is no progress in negotiations by the end of January, the next set of strikes will involve all eligible members in England for the first time.

The government continues to insist that claims for payment are unsustainable and maintains its belief that wage increases should be decided by wage review bodies.

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Health unions are refusing to provide any evidence to the NHS Wage Review Body for a wage increase in 2023/24 until the current dispute is resolved.

And the Royal College of Nursing confirmed the strikes would be the largest to date, with more than a third of NHS funds in England and all but one of the Welsh Health Board affected.

It comes as nurses prepare to go out on Wednesday and Thursday, after two days of strike before Christmas.

As required by trade union laws, emergency care will be covered.

The Royal College of Nursing states that “the salary for experienced nurses today is 20 per cent less in real terms due to cascading bonuses that are below inflation rates since 2010”.

And she adds that “low wages push the nursing staff out of the profession and contribute to the registration of vacancies.”

The union continues: “The newebruary strike dates coincide with the tenth anniversary of Robertrancis’ investigation and findings on the impact of nurse shortages on patient mortality.”

RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen said: “It is with a heavy heart that nursing staff strike this week and again in three weeks’ time. Instead of negotiating, Rishi Sunak has chosen to strike again.

“We are doing this in a desperate attempt to get him and ministers to bail out the NHS. The only credible solution is to tackle the tens of thousands of vacancies – patient care is suffering like never before.

“The olive branch that I gave the government—I ask them to meet me halfway and begin negotiations—is still there. They must seize it.”