Ambulance workers on strike as Government urged to pay ‘fairly’

Thousands of ambulance workers are staging more strikes as the Chancellor was urged to find the money to pay health workers “fairly” in order to end the walkouts. Up to

15,000 Unison ambulance workers are striking on Monday for the third time in five weeks, and will be joined by 5,000 of their NHS colleagues at two hospital trusts in

Liverpool. Further strikes are planned in the coming weeks by nurses and other NHS workers. Unions have accused the Government of not wanting to find a resolution to

what has become an escalating and bitter dispute over pay. It’s simple, all the Chancellor needs to do is find the money to pay health workers fairlyUnison general

secretary Christina McAnea Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said a double-digit pay rise must be offered to striking NHS staff, but described the Government as appearing

willing to “talk about anything, but they won’t talk about pay”. Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said the solution is “simple” and “staring the Government in the

face” but that “most ministers look like they’d rather dig in and do nothing instead of boost pay”. Ms McAnea accused Chancellor Jeremy Hunt of “blocking

progress”. Health Secretary Steve Barclay has described having had “constructive talks with unions about this coming year’s pay process for 2023/24”  but unions have been

calling for the 2022/23 pay award to be reviewed. Steve Barclay said further strike action by ambulance workers this week is “hugely disappointing” and will “inevitably”

cause disruption to healthcare.