Strike action to hit NHS services in bitter pay dispute

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Thousands of NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike against low pay on November 24.

Members of 11 unions will strike for four hours in a bitter pay dispute with the government.

Most NHS workers are facing a pay freeze after the government decided not to award even a one per cent pay rise which was recommended for NHS workers.

Unions will strike from 7am-11am no Monday, November 24, and will carry out an eight week work-to-rule starting the same day.

Rachel Maskell, head of health for the Unite union, said: “Not one of the 1.35m workforce is getting a cost of living increase and 600,000 are not even getting the one per cent pocket money offer.

“Our members were buoyed up by the support they received from the public when they took action this month. Their brave stand certainly rattled ministers.”

NHS workers held strikes in the week of October 13 as public sector unions staged a wave of action against cuts to pay and pensions by the government.