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NHS staff on picket line

Tories pledge to make it harder for public sector workers to strike

NHS staff and other public sector workers would in the future only be able to go on strike with a 40% majority vote among eligible union members, the Conservative Party has pledged.

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NHS staff on picket line

Unions have announced a fresh round of strikes over NHS pay

NHS nurses and midwives in England will be urged to walkout for 12 hours on 29 January and 24 hours the following month, as union leaders attempt to ratchet up the pressure on ministers over pay.

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NHS workers on Oxford Road picket line, Manchester

Hundreds of Manchester NHS workers join industrial action

Around 300 NHS staff from Unison, Unite, the Royal College Of Midwives and other unions gathered at the Oxford Road entrance to Manchester Royal Infirmary for the second day of strike action over NHS pay.

NHS staff on picket line

Nurses and midwives go on strike again over 1% pay dispute

Nurses, midwives and other NHS workers across England and Northern Ireland are today on strike for the second time in the past two months over a pay dispute with the government.

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