Unite to ballot nearly 10,000 NHS workers over strikes
Unite has announced that almost 10,000 of its NHS members are to be balloted in the coming days over strikes, on top of thousands of other healthcare staff who have already been voting.
The union, which represents 100,000 workers across the NHS, said voting papers are going out across 36 NHS trusts and organisations in England and Wales.
Members working in frontline patient care and essential services such as the blood and transplant services will vote on possible strike action.
The ballots will close before Christmas, meaning that workers could walk out in January 2023.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite members are now fighting for the very existence of the NHS itself. Crushing staff shortages mean patients’ lives are now at risk. Twelve years of senseless cuts have driven workers from our most essential public service.
“Make no mistake, our NHS is under siege. Rishi Sunak has to wake up and smell the coffee because our NHS is being brought to ruin under his watch. This Thursday, in the Budget, he has one last chance to do good by the NHS and its workers.”
This new phase will see workers join Unite’s members across the ambulance service in England who are currently being balloted, with their ballot closing on Wednesday November 30. NHS staff in Scotland have already voted for strike action.
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Time for a general strike yet? Or do we have to wait for hundreds or thousands to die this winter? Nye Bevan was right of course “all Tories are lower than vermin”.