Hospital staff on strike

Picket line outside Scarborough Hospital . pic Richard Ponter 144801
Picket line outside Scarborough Hospital . pic Richard Ponter 144801
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Staff at Scarborough Hospital went on strike this morning in a continuing national dispute.

Workers including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff staged a fresh strike in the long-running pay dispute.

Members of 11 unions walked out for four hours from 7am in protest at the coalition Government’s controversial decision not to accept a recommended one per cent wage rise for all NHS employees.

The leader of Unison, Dave Prentis, said the strike, the second in a month, should “sound alarm bells ringing” for the Government because of the anger among workers. Unions have struck deals with the administrations in Scotland and Wales, increasing their anger at Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who they accuse of refusing to discuss the long-running row.

Mr Prentis said: “The fact almost all health unions are taking part in the industrial action should ring alarm bells in Whitehall. The anger is spreading and so is the public support for health workers’ cause. The strength of feeling is far from fading and the dispute far from going away.

“All the Government has done so far is threaten workers with job cuts. If the Secretary of State seriously thinks staff are the NHS’s best asset then he needs to treat them fairly. We are only asking for decent pay for the hard-working people the Government say they care so much about.”