British ambulance workers announce new strikes
LONDON, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The Confederation of the United Kingdom today announced 10 more strikes in the coming weeks and threatened additional protests unless a decision was reached.
The warning of new stoppages came before the final day of the strike, when unionized ambulance workers are due to leave next Monday.
Union general secretary Sharon Graham said that rather than act to protect the NHS (National Health Service) and negotiate an end to the dispute, the government had shamefully chosen to demonize ambulance workers.
According to her, the ministers are deliberately misleading the public about life coverage and who bears responsibility for excess deaths.
On the other hand, the national director of “Unite”, Inay Kassab, confirmed that the solution to the current dispute is in the hands of the government.
He insisted that this dispute would only be resolved when he entered into proper negotiations over the present wage dispute.
Ambulance workers will bolster the ranks of fellow paramedics with GMB, a public union, which has announced more than 10,000 of its members in England and Wales will also strike on the same dates.
Similarly, on February 6th, ambulance staff will go on strike, joining the thousands of nurses involved in what is seen as potentially the biggest layoff in NHS history.
Earlier this week, teachers, mechanics and nurses announced new strikes for February and March.
In the opinion of specialists, the recent strikes in the UK are caused by high inflation and a deteriorating economy amid a bitter cost of living crisis.
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