Unite union are set to announce further strikes over the ongoing dispute over pay and staffing, and the government has been warned the industrial action could run into March as Downing Street are refusing to negotiate on pay.
On Thursday and Monday Unite ambulance workers are set to strike in Wales and in another warning to the government, life and limb cover will be negotiated at a local level with NHS Trusts.
Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said, “The government has gone from clapping NHS workers during the pandemic, to ignoring them, insulting them, and now threatening them with the sack if they fight for decent pay.
“Ministers are paying the price for this in the growing anger among NHS workers and, as a result, growing support for strike action.
“A responsible government would get around the table for real talks with the unions and get the current crisis sorted with a wage deal that matches workers’ expectations.
“Their continued failure to do so will only result in more and more strikes.”