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RMT union baron Mick Lynch will meet transport secretary TODAY as Christmas strikes loom

Mick Lynch will meet Transport Secretary Mark Harper at present as ministers come below mounting strain to finish the rail strikes disaster – as evaluation confirmed walkouts may blow a £3billion gap within the financial system by the New 12 months.

The militant RMT union is plotting to throw the Christmas plans of thousands and thousands into chaos this week by calling eight days of strikes in December and January.

There shall be 4 48-hour walkouts between December 13 and January 7, forcing many revellers to cancel events and consumers to remain at dwelling as a substitute – and lay waste to occasions booked in hospitality venues.

Royal Mail strikes start as they appear to disrupt Black Friday 

Strikes by British postal employees within the run as much as Christmas started at present after Royal Mail’s largest union rejected the newest pay supply from the corporate on Wednesday.

The submit and parcel enterprise mentioned it will enhance wages by as much as 9% over 18 months, as a substitute of the beforehand deliberate two years, in its ‘finest and closing’ supply, because it urged employees to name off strikes.

Nonetheless, the Communication Staff Union (CWU) mentioned industrial motion deliberate for at present and Friday – Thanksgiving and Black Friday, respectively – would go forward after talks ended badly.

Royal Mail chief govt Simon Thompson must be sacked, a union boss mentioned.

Communication Staff Union (CWU) normal secretary Dave Ward informed PA: ‘Negotiations have been tough as a result of the CEO chooses moments when he comes into the talks.

‘He spends most of his time telling shareholders that the corporate’s obtained a superb future and he additionally spends many of the remainder of his time speaking to our members straight on social media, goading them into feeling dangerous concerning the state of affairs, intimidating them virtually every day.

‘There is no CEO on this planet that will function on the idea of the best way that the CEO of Royal Mail and the board are working in the mean time.

‘The members have voted overwhelmingly for no confidence within the CEO and the board, they need to be sacked for what they’re doing to one of many biggest firms within the UK, they need to be sacked.’

There can even be a ban on time beyond regulation working from December 18 to January 2. This may hit companies on Sundays and different key dates corresponding to Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New 12 months’s Eve, when many journey to be with loved-ones and buddies.

The rigorously chosen dates will disrupt individuals going out to look at the ultimate week of the World Cup, in addition to Friday December 16, generally known as ‘Black Eye Friday’ as a result of it’s the busiest night time of consuming earlier than Christmas. After Christmas the return to work and college can even be hit by 4 strike dates in January. 

UKHospitality, which helps Britain’s pubs, golf equipment and eating places, informed the BBC that their members may lose £3billion in commerce.

Kate Nicholls, chief govt, added: ‘After two Christmases misplaced to Covid, these are occasions and gross sales the trade can ill-afford to lose. It’s crucial that every one sides come around the desk to resolve this.’ 

And at present Levelling-Up Secretary Michael Gove piled strain on his cupboard colleague Mr Harper as he burdened that negotiations are key to avert strikes after the Transport Secretary mentioned he wouldn’t negotiate with the rail union boss.

Mr Gove informed TalkTV: ‘The best way to resolve a few of these disputes is thru speaking, by means of negotiation, by means of listening.

‘And it will likely be the case the Transport Secretary, my good friend Mark Harper, shall be assembly Mick Lynch, the final secretary of the RMT, later at present to speak about this.

‘I hope the 2 of them and others can hep set the framework so the people who find themselves truly the important thing negotiators, the railway bosses, can discover a approach by means of with Mr Lynch.’

Yesterday transport ministers remained silent, failing to concern even a single tweet condemning the motion or set out their technique for coping with it. 

Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper declined to sentence the walkouts, regardless of being requested twice if she supported the strikes.

Campaigners urged ministers to get a grip of the disaster within the pursuits of long-suffering passengers, who’ve had a ‘uncooked deal’ for too lengthy.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper (pictured) will hold crunch talks with RMT boss Mick Lynch in a bid to find a breakthrough

The militant RMT union (chief Mick Lynch pictured) threw the Christmas plans of thousands and thousands into chaos this week by calling eight days of strikes in December and January

Greater than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union throughout Community Rail and 14 practice working firms will stroll out on December 13, 14, 16 and 17 and on January 3, 4, 6 and seven.

Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper (pictured in the House of Commons) declined to condemn the walkouts, despite being asked twice if she supported the strikes

Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper (pictured within the Home of Commons) declined to sentence the walkouts, regardless of being requested twice if she supported the strikes

The Centre for Economics and Business Research found the hit to the UK economy of the walkouts will have reached £691 million by January. Pictured: An empty King's Cross railway station in central London on the third of the three days rail strike action in October

The Centre for Economics and Enterprise Analysis discovered the hit to the UK financial system of the walkouts could have reached £691 million by January. Pictured: An empty King’s Cross railway station in central London on the third of the three days rail strike motion in October

Lecturers on strike 

Lecturers will maintain their biggest-ever strike at present and have vowed to not reschedule cancelled courses.

A file 70,000 workers may stroll out at 153 universities for 3 days over pay, situations and pensions.

The motion will have an effect on 2.5 million college students, with lectures anticipated to be cancelled and pickets arrange.

College bosses final night time condemned the transfer.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper will at present maintain crunch talks with RMT boss Mick Lynch in a bid to discover a breakthrough. Sources final night time mentioned a cope with practice operators was edging nearer.

It got here because the Centre for Economics and Enterprise Analysis discovered the hit to the UK financial system of the walkouts could have reached £691 million by January. Many losses relate to workers absences, corresponding to retail or hospitality staff unable to make it to work.

The rail sector estimates misplaced fare income could have exceeded £320 million by January 2023, bringing the overall hit to greater than £1billion for the reason that strikes started in June.

Lib Dem chief Sir Ed Davey mentioned: ‘Rail strikes have prompted untold distress for thousands and thousands of individuals, and value the financial system dearly. It is time for ministers to drag themselves collectively. They have to for as soon as give you a correct plan, get around the desk and make it possible for individuals don’t face but extra turmoil over Christmas.’

Former transport minister Norman Baker, of the Marketing campaign for Higher Transport, mentioned: ‘The price of all that is changing into enormous.

Who’s going on strike and when?

– November 24: Royal Mail employees, 70,000 college lecturers and lecturers within the Academic Institute of Scotland union will strike in separate disputes.

– November 25: A second day of business motion by Royal Mail members of the Communication Staff Union and lecturers within the College and Faculty Union.

– November 25: A strike poll amongst tons of of 1000’s of NHS employees within the Unison union closes.

– November 26: Practice drivers in 11 firms, belonging to the Aslef union, will strike in an extended operating dispute over pay.

– November 27: Aslef members at LNER begin an time beyond regulation ban in a separate row over phrases and situations.

– November 28: Members of the GMB in Scotland’s ambulance service strike over pay.

– November 30: One other strike by Royal Mail employees and lecturers.

– November 30: A strike poll amongst NHS employees within the Unite union closes.

– December 1: One other Royal Mail Strike.

– December 5: Members of the Fireplace Brigades Union begin voting on strikes over pay.

– December 7 and eight: Members of the Scottish Secondary Lecturers Affiliation and NASUWT will strike in Scotland.

– December 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24: Extra strikes by Royal Mail employees.

– December 12: Strike poll amongst members of the Royal Faculty of Midwives closes.

– December 13/14: 48-hour strike by Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members on Community Rail and 14 practice operators.

– December 16/17: One other 48-hour RMT strike.

– Mid December: Civil servants within the Public and Business Companies union begin a month of business motion.

– December 18: RMT members on Community Rail and 14 practice operators begin time beyond regulation ban, till January 2.

– January 3/4: One other 48-hour RMT strike.

– January 6/7: One other 48-hour RMT strike.

– January 9: Junior medical doctors begin voting on strikes.

‘We wish to see extra individuals on the trains and each time there is a strike it does not assist that goal. Ministers should meet with the unions, agree a deal and kind it.’

The RMT’s walkouts over December and January shall be made up of 4 48-hour strikes between December 13 and January 7.

In the meantime, Royal Mail employees, college lecturers and lecturers will go on strike at present as industrial unrest continues to unfold throughout the nation in disputes over pay, jobs and situations.

Picket strains shall be mounted outdoors postal supply and sorting places of work, universities and colleges as unions edge nearer to co-ordinated industrial motion. Will probably be one of many greatest walkouts of the 12 months.

A small group of members of the Communication Staff Union (CWU) have been in Camden, north London, with banners and flags from daybreak this morning. Just a few drivers coming into the supply workplace beeped and waved to point out their help.

Talks have been held between leaders of unions concerned within the disputes with the purpose of taking joint motion, corresponding to holding strikes on the identical day.

Round 70,000 members of the College and Faculty Union (UCU) will strike on Thursday and Friday, and once more on November 30, in a dispute over pay, pensions and contracts.

Will probably be the most important strike of its variety, affecting an estimated 2.5 million college students, with the union warning of escalated motion within the new 12 months if the row will not be resolved.

The union says lecturers and different tutorial workers have suffered a decade of under inflation pay rises, with a 3% enhance introduced in the summertime. 

RMT boss Mick Lynch denied he was ‘Mick Grinch’ when confronted concerning the scale of distress the walkouts would inflict.  He mentioned: ‘I am not the Grinch, I am a commerce union official and I am decided to get a deal.’ He denied that he does not care concerning the British public or that he’s ‘holding the nation to ransom’.

He added: ‘We do not wish to be painted as miseries, and grinches and all the remainder of the cliches individuals throw at us.   

‘We do not wish to put anybody out of enterprise. We wish the nation to be affluent. We wish our individuals to make an honest residing. We have been cautious to not put any strike on through the Christmas interval. Our strike finishes on December 17. That offers individuals a full week for individuals to make their preparations for travelling dwelling, it provides a full week for the preparations for Christmas and we cannot strike once more till the brand new 12 months.’

However he promised to ‘coordinate’ strike dates with different union chiefs to close down Britain, with nurses, civil servants and postal employees having additionally voted in favour of walkouts. Lecturers are nonetheless being balloted.

The latest RMT action will see more than 40,000 workers at Network Rail and 14 train operators walk out for 48 hours on December 13 and 14. Pictured: Empty platform and stationary trains at Kings Cross station in London during strikes on October 5

The newest RMT motion will see greater than 40,000 employees at Community Rail and 14 practice operators stroll out for 48 hours on December 13 and 14. Pictured: Empty platform and stationary trains at Kings Cross station in London throughout strikes on October 5

Sector by sector, how the strike menace is rising


Picket line: Tube workers strike in south London

Picket line: Tube employees strike in south London

Strikes by rail and postal employees have already prompted main disruption – with different unions set to observe go well with.

The commercial strife is being pushed by calls for for wage rises that match – or exceed – sky-high inflation.


The RMT, Aslef and TSSA rail unions need pay rises for employees consistent with inflation at 11.1 per cent. These calls for relate to greater than 60,000 employees for Community Rail, which manages signalling and tracks, and to 14 practice operators masking many of the nation.

Talks with Community Rail are at a complicated stage, with a possible deal about 80 per cent agreed. It has supplied a pay rise of 8 per cent over two years and no obligatory redundancies for 3 years, which the RMT has snubbed. Nonetheless, the 14 practice operators are but to make a proper supply regardless of the dispute having dragged on for six months.

The RMT’s announcement yesterday means their members could have walked out 16 occasions since summer time if the strikes go forward. Practice drivers, represented by Aslef, have additionally walked out and can accomplish that once more for 12 operators on Saturday.


The Royal Faculty of Nursing needs a 17 per cent pay hike for nurses. It argues the rise is honest, pointing to evaluation displaying that an skilled nurse’s wage has fallen by 20 per cent in actual phrases since 2010.

However the Authorities says it will value round £9billion to satisfy the calls for and has introduced a pay rise for NHS workers in England of at the least £1,400 – equal to 4 per cent – for 2022-23.

This month 102 out of 215 NHS trusts voted to strike after 300,000 RCN members have been balloted. No strike dates have been set but whereas talks proceed. Walkouts shall be on a trust-by-trust foundation if no deal is reached.


The Public and Business Companies union needs a pay rise of 10 per cent for round 100,000 employees. However the Cupboard Workplace has rejected the calls for, saying they’d value £2.4billion.

Civil servants from the Dwelling Workplace, the Division for Transport and the Atmosphere Division will start month-long focused strikes from the center of subsequent month. The commercial motion threatens to trigger chaos at ports, borders and all areas of transport.

It should embrace companies corresponding to Border Power and the Driver and Car Licensing Company, threatening to exacerbate lengthy waits for paperwork corresponding to passports and driving licences.

Staff from additional departments will strike if the dispute is not settled.


The Communication Staff Union needs pay rises for 115,000 Royal Mail employees consistent with inflation.

The previously state-owned firm has made a proposal value 9 per cent, together with a 7 per cent wage enhance over two years and a lump-sum fee of two per cent this 12 months.

However the CWU has rejected it, asserting 11 days of walkouts on numerous dates between November 24 and Christmas Eve after balloting members. It means clients face delays with playing cards and presents.


The three largest educating unions – NASUWT, NEU and NAHT – are balloting greater than 350,000 members on strike motion. All of them need pay rises for members of round 12 per cent, saying the Authorities’s supply of a 5 per cent enhance will not be adequate. Poll outcomes should not due till subsequent 12 months.

Lecturers and different workers will strike on November 24, 25 and 30 at 150 universities after the College and Faculty Union balloted members.


The GMB union needs a 15 per cent pay rise for greater than 1,150 G4S safety employees who ship money and cash to banks and supermarkets. It has raised fears of money shortages within the run-up to Christmas. The union has rejected G4S’s supply of a 4.5 per cent pay rise, plus bonus.

Britain is already dealing with a winter of discontent with civil servants, transport employees and even nurses deciding to take industrial motion for the primary time in additional than a century. 

Kate Nicholls of UKHospitality mentioned the strikes introduced by the RMT yesterday would ‘deal a hammer blow to hard-pressed hospitality companies in metropolis centres throughout the UK’. Ms Nicholls mentioned strikes in June value £500million-a-week to hospitality – so the determine for the busiest week of the 12 months will possible be greater.

She mentioned but extra strikes are ‘catastrophically dangerous for hospitality employees, clients and companies – the most important buying and selling week of the 12 months and very important to securing viability for a lot of companies after the years of turmoil. Will value the sector thousands and thousands. Very important all sides come to the desk to resolve and avert’. 

Emma McClarkin, chief govt of the British Beer and Pub Affiliation, mentioned: ‘Information of those rail strikes within the weeks main as much as Christmas will hit pubs on the town and metropolis centres arduous.

‘The week of the strikes is normally the busiest within the 12 months for our trade, however as a substitute of supporting pubs, clients shall be cancelling bookings and staying dwelling, while staffing shortages shall be exacerbated by a scarcity of transport choices for workers.

‘Our trade desperately wants this Christmas increase, we urgently want a decision to reinstate practice companies and make sure that clients and workers can journey simply and confidently, or the affect on commerce shall be catastrophic.’

Small companies say that it will be the third 12 months of disruption, after two years of lockdowns and Covid restrictions, and specialists say the strikes may make this Christmas their final in enterprise.

Dr Jackie Mulligan, founding father of ShopAppy, informed MailOnline: ‘These strikes have the potential to be a catastrophe for the excessive avenue. It is peak time for final minute buying, Christmas events, markets and festive treats. It is a third 12 months of troubles dealing with retail and hospitality of their ‘Golden Quarter’. For a lot of companies, this might actually be their final Christmas’.

Dominic Bowers, proprietor of Stoke-On-Trent-based meals retailer, Completely Scrumptious added: ‘A volcano is about to erupt on this planet of retail and hospitality and that was earlier than these strikes have been introduced. A sector that actually serves the nation is dealing with unprecedented challenges and strikes will not assist’.

Journey professional Nicky Kelvin, head of The Factors Man UK, mentioned: ‘With strikes looming throughout the rail community, many travellers shall be in search of various routes as they begin to plan their Christmas journey. This new spherical of deliberate strikes is not going to solely create additional difficulties for journeys which are sometimes deemed a aggravating expertise because of the quantity of individuals doing the identical routes but in addition coupled with the price of residing disaster – individuals merely haven’t got further disposable revenue to fork out for various/dearer modes of transport. Travellers are going to be pressured to make the choice to both keep at dwelling or search dearer journey options corresponding to hiring a automotive.

‘There’s additionally the added concern with potential Border Power strikes which can have an effect on journey over the festive interval. Border Power employees are amongst a military of civil servants on the Dwelling Workplace, the Division of Transport and Defra who’re threatening industrial motion over the festive interval in a dispute over pay, jobs and pensions. With many of those employees having integral entrance line roles at airports and seaports, if these strikes do go forward, coupled with any rail strikes will possible end in journey chaos.’

Ministers have been urged to ‘get a grip’ on the looming disaster amid threats of coordinated walkouts with different industries. They’ve repeatedly promised to move legal guidelines to rein in such disruptive strikes. However there isn’t any prospect of measures coming into drive till nicely into subsequent 12 months.

Authorities sources final night time insisted the ‘glimmering define’ of a cope with the RMT was rising however insisted ministers wouldn’t be bounced right into a settlement.

‘We have to get a deal that works for all taxpayers, and that features the taxpayers that do not use the railways,’ mentioned one insider.

Tim Shoveller, Community Rail’s chief negotiator, mentioned ‘no-one can deny the precarious monetary gap during which the railway finds itself’ and that ‘putting makes that gap larger and the duty of discovering a decision ever tougher’.

‘Solely by means of reform, that won’t end in anybody shedding their job, can financial savings be made that may then be transformed into an improved supply,’ he mentioned.

‘Whereas progress has been revamped these final two weeks, we nonetheless have but to search out that breakthrough.’

Ministers are anxious about setting a precedent with important pay rises. Rishi Sunak warned his Cupboard yesterday that Britain confronted a ‘difficult’ winter of strikes, inflation and NHS backlogs. Round 400,000 persons are ready greater than a 12 months for operations, in contrast with simply 1,600 earlier than the pandemic.

Meals costs and vitality payments have soared, with inflation at a 40-year excessive of 11.1 per cent and warnings of attainable energy blackouts. Downing Avenue mentioned contingency plans had been drawn as much as ‘mitigate among the challenges anticipated this winter, together with additional strike motion’.

The newest RMT motion will see greater than 40,000 employees at Community Rail and 14 practice operators stroll out for 48 hours on December 13 and 14.

They may accomplish that once more only a few days afterward December 16 and 17, after which on January 3 and 4 and January 6 and seven.

Not more than a fifth of trains will run and huge swathes of the nation – notably rural areas – shall be fully reduce off. A number of operators depend on employees doing time beyond regulation to run a full timetable, and a union ban on that is a part of the economic motion. Some trains can even not run the day after every 48-hour strike resulting from shift patterns.

Sarah Hayes of Tub-based So Scrumptious Desserts mentioned: ‘These strikes shall be one other blow for the UK excessive avenue at a time when many small independents are in an existential battle. It simply appears like every part is stacked in opposition to small retailers and it has been that approach for almost three years now. Decrease footfall may ship many small retailers into freefall.’

The RMT has already staged eight days of nationwide walkouts in a bitter row over pay and job safety that has been dragging on since June. The union referred to as off three 24-hour walkouts on the eleventh hour earlier this month as hopes of a breakthrough grew and either side entered ‘intensive talks’. However these stalled over the weekend, prompting the RMT’s announcement.

The union secured a recent six-month mandate for strikes final week, that means the walkouts may proceed into subsequent summer time. It has up to now snubbed a pay supply of 8 per cent over this 12 months and subsequent, with the deal value as much as 13 per cent for these on the bottom salaries.

Practice drivers’ union Aslef has referred to as a strike for Saturday, which can deliver many of the community to a halt.

Commercial Services Union (PCS) protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Around 100,000 civil servants have voted for a national strike over pay, pensions and jobs

Business Companies Union (PCS) protest outdoors the Homes of Parliament in London. Round 100,000 civil servants have voted for a nationwide strike over pay, pensions and jobs

The Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto promised new legal guidelines to deal with the rail unions by forcing them to run a minimal stage of companies throughout strikes.

Ministers will maintain talks with rail union chiefs this week to induce them to name off strikes geared toward inflicting ‘most disruption’ over Christmas.

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride mentioned: ‘What we want is we want extra speaking from the unions with the employers and fewer bulletins of strikes.’

He mentioned the implications of the strikes introduced by the RMT union in December and January could be ‘fairly severe’, disrupting ‘medical appointments, for instance, in addition to the ‘household reunions’ happening over the festive interval.

‘The timing of those strikes are designed to create most disruption throughout the Christmas interval,’ he mentioned.

Mr Stride informed TalkTV: ‘The Secretary of State is definitely assembly the rail union leaders later this week, so there’s that dialogue occurring.

‘The important discussions must happen between the rail working firms, Community Rail and the unions, and so they actually must be participating extra on that and dealing issues out between them extra vigorously, in my opinion, than merely dashing off and going into strike motion.’

The Authorities stays dedicated to plans to impose minimal service ranges throughout strikes by transport employees, Cupboard minister Mel Stride mentioned, though no timetable had been set out for the laws.

The Work and Pensions Secretary informed Sky Information: ‘The Authorities has commitments in that space and to minimal service provision.

‘Sooner or later, I’ve little doubt that may come ahead and I do assume it is necessary, as a result of we should not be left able with sure companies – corresponding to railways , the place we have now such an acute dependence upon them for quite a lot of causes – the place the plug may be pulled on the entire thing.’

Dozens of strikes are set to wreak havoc throughout the nation earlier than Christmas as a part of union bosses’ plans to trigger most disruption.

Union barons have repeatedly threatened to deliver the nation to a standstill in what critics claimed was an try and drive the primary ‘normal strike’ in almost 100 years. Nurses, civil servants of every kind, practice and bus drivers, postal employees and even Asda employees have both agreed to strike or are contemplating it.

Mark Serwotka, the boss of the Public and Business Companies union, which balloted 150,000 civil servants together with Border Power workers – mentioned it will co-ordinate with different unions to trigger ‘chaos’. 

The PCS mentioned 13 days in the past that the authorized threshold for industrial motion had been reached in 126 separate areas, masking employees together with driving take a look at examiners, border drive officers and Jobcentre workers. Round 100,000 civil servants have voted to strike in a dispute over pay, pensions and jobs.

The Public and Business Companies union (PCS) mentioned the authorized threshold for industrial motion had been reached in 126 separate areas, masking employees together with driving take a look at examiners, border drive officers and Jobcentre workers.

The union warned that except it receives ‘substantial proposals’ from the Authorities, it’ll announce a programme of ‘sustained industrial motion’ on November 18.

Basic secretary Mark Serwotka mentioned: ‘The federal government should have a look at the massive vote for strike motion throughout swathes of the Civil Service and realise it may possibly not deal with its employees with contempt.

‘Our members have spoken and if the federal government fails to take heed to them, we’ll don’t have any choice than to launch a chronic programme of business motion reaching into each nook of public life.

‘Civil servants have willingly and diligently performed a significant function in retaining the nation operating through the pandemic however sufficient is sufficient.

‘The stress of working within the civil service, below the strain of the cost-of-living disaster, job cuts and workplace closures means they’ve reached the top of their tethers.

‘We’re calling on the federal government to reply positively to our members’ calls for. They’ve to present our members a ten% pay rise, job safety, pensions justice and guarded redundancy phrases.’

Earlier this month 1000’s of nurses throughout Britain voted to strike for the primary time, resulting in fears that dying charges will rise if the walkouts unfold. Strikes are anticipated to start in early December and will happen over two dates, probably a Tuesday and a Thursday. They may final till early Could 2023.

The vote is the primary time the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN) has balloted its greater than 300,000 members in its 106-year historical past.

Well being insiders worry lives shall be misplaced consequently, with a ‘financial institution vacation service’ inflicting delays and cancellations of routine therapy and operations.

However RCN normal secretary Pat Cullen mentioned: ‘We do not intend to put any affected person at additional danger through the strike. We’ll handle that safely and successfully.’

This graph shows the Royal College of Nursing's demands for a 5 per cent above inflation pay rise for the bands covered by its membership which includes healthcare assistants and nurses. Estimates based on NHS Employers data

This graph reveals the Royal Faculty of Nursing’s calls for for a 5 per cent above inflation pay rise for the bands lined by its membership which incorporates healthcare assistants and nurses. Estimates primarily based on NHS Employers knowledge

Well being Secretary Steve Barclay mentioned the strike was ‘disappointing’ and nurses’ calls for have been ‘out of step’ with the financial pressures dealing with the nation.

No10 additionally mentioned the vote was ‘deeply regrettable’, emphasising it will value £9billion to satisfy the RCN’s pay request, which ‘within the present local weather is just not deliverable’.

The Truthful Pay for Nursing marketing campaign is demanding a pay rise of 5 per cent above inflation.

NHS hospitals will do all they will to ‘minimise hurt to sufferers’ if nurses go on strike, a nationwide well being chief has mentioned, including that industrial motion is about greater than pay.

Matthew Taylor, chief govt of the NHS Confederation, which represents most NHS organisations, mentioned there are nationwide and regional plans to minimise the affect on sufferers, however admitted operations and appointments should be cancelled or postponed.

Well being Secretary Steve Barclay will on Thursday maintain talks with Pat Cullen, the final secretary of the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN) union behind the strikes, as he works to avert the economic motion.

Mr Barclay was keen to debate how working situations may be improved however was ‘not negotiating’ on pay, the PA information company understands, as nurses demand a increase of at the least 15%.

Mr Taylor warned that industrial motion shall be ‘a problem’ for each the well being service and NHS leaders.

Some 3,500 Border Power, immigration and visa officers are threatening to strike over the vacation interval, sparking agony for thousands and thousands planning to journey dwelling or overseas.

In the meantime, postal deliveries will face delays, as greater than 115,000 employees plan stroll out. The CWU introduced they are going to be notifying Royal Mail they plan to name on their members who gather, kind and ship parcels and letters to take nationwide strike motion on Thursday 24 and Friday November 25 and for Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December 2022.

And a calendar of additional rail chaos is deliberate for November, with Community Rail, London Overground and London Underground workers strolling out.

The RMT’s present six-month ‘mandate’ ends on the finish of November. If members vote in favour and there’s no breakthrough in talks, strikes may proceed into Spring 2023. 

Nearly 1,000 bus drivers in London are to stage a sequence of strikes over pay. Members of Unite employed by Abellio in south and west London will take 10 days of motion within the run-up to Christmas.

The union mentioned the corporate had not made a proposal on pay though a rise is due in January. The employees will strike on November 22, 25, and 26 and on December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

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