UK ambulance workers strike again

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

LONDON: Thousands of ambulance workers held another strike across England and Wales on Monday, in escalating industrial action as unions called the government to hold talks on improving pay and conditions. Ambulance workers began strike action on December 21 last year and further dates are planned for February.

Nurses have also launched unprecedented strike action, reflecting widespread discontent in the state-funded National Health Service whose staff are struggling with soaring living costs. Monday´s industrial action comes ahead of mass simultaneous strikes planned for February 6 by unions representing both nurses and ambulance staff. Monday´s strike involves members of three unions -- Unison, Unite and GMB -- in England and Wales. Unison, the UK´s largest trade union, said up to 15,000 ambulance staff in England would be striking along with 5,000 members at hospitals in Liverpool in northwest England.