When will the nurses’ strike end and why is it taking place? | UK News
to become a nurse in England Strike over the bank holiday weekend from 8pm tonight (Sunday 30 April) – or from the start of their night shift – in their ongoing row with the government.
The promotion will see nurses in emergency rooms, intensive care units and cancer defense tools for the first time.
However, it will be a little shorter than planned after Health Secretary Steve Barclay took legal action against the proposed strikes.
But why is the nurses’ strike taking place and when is it expected to end?
Here’s what you need to know.
When does the nursing strike end?
A The High Court judge ruled that the bank holiday strike – which was due to last until Tuesday May 2 – must end a day earlier as it fell outside the six-month strike mandate of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) union.
So will the nurses’ strike End on bank holiday Monday 1st May at 11.59pmas opposed to 8pm on Tuesday 2 May.
Following the High Court ruling, RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen said: “It’s the darkest day yet of this dispute – the Government is bitterly taking its own nurses to court simply because they expect better pay.”
Further strikes will depend on the results of the next strike vote.
The RCN says: “We will re-elect our members for strike action in the coming weeks, for a new strike mandate covering both pay years 2022-23 and 2023-24.”
It could give the RCN a mandate for six more months of strikes.
Cullen said it was “with a heavy heart” that strike action could continue before Christmas, adding: “If Steve Barclay continues to remain in the tunnel he is in, we will end strike action for the next six months because.” the nursing staff will not resign now.
“What he should do today is walk into a negotiation room with me … and say, ‘What can we do to solve the nursing crisis, to fill the tens of thousands of unfilled positions so that patients in this country can get decent care, and that our care staff can be kept in the NHS?’.’
Why are nurses on strike?
The RCN says it is remarkable “to correct years of real pay cuts that are pushing people out of the nursing profession and endangering patient safety”.
The union has urged ministers to offer a “historic salary premium” to break the deadlock.
Earlier this month, RCN members voted to reject an offer of a 5% pay rise this year and a cash payment for last year in the face of double-digit inflation.
54% voted against with a turnout of 61%.
RCN Secretary General Pat Cullen has written to Health Secretary Steve Barclay to seek an urgent resumption of talks with the Government.
She said: “What has been offered so far is simply not enough. The government needs to increase what has already been offered and we will be very critical of any move to reduce it.
‘Following a historic strike vote, our members are expecting a historic paycheck.’
But Steve Barclay says RCN nurses should take up the offer.
He said: “Your decision to escalate strike action without exception, based on a vote by a minority of members, is extremely worrying.
“The NHS staff council that recommended this offer covers a number of unions who continue to vote and I hope this offer will secure the support of a majority of members.”
In Wales, the action is paused while nurses vote in an ongoing vote on whether to accept their government’s salary offer from April 24th to 9am on Wednesday May 10th.
RCN members in Scotland have narrowly voted to accept the Scottish Government’s salary offer. Just over 50% of eligible members voted on the ballot and of those, 53.4% voted to accept.
A full list of all hospitals and employers affected by the strike is available on the RCN website.
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