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Several sectors of the UK economy have been hit by a protest movement of unprecedented proportions.

British nurses will go on strike on December 15-20, an unprecedented movement in 106 years that highlights the depth of the UK’s social crisis with strikes in many sectors not seen in decades. “Nurses have had enough,” said Pat Cullen, general secretary of the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) union. Enough of the low salaries, (…) enough of not being able to give patients the care they deserve.”

The workforce voted on November 9th for this unprecedented strike in the history of the RCN, which was founded 106 years ago. This union announced on Friday two days of action on December 15 and 20 following “the government’s refusal to negotiate”. It is estimated that the real salary of nurses has fallen by 20% since 2010, mainly due to the current cost of living crisis with inflation exceeding 11%. The gross annual salary of a new carer is £27,000 (€31,400).

But for Health Secretary Steve Barclay “this is a difficult time for everyone” and the government is unable to meet the RCN’s “priceless” demands, which “represent a 19.2 per cent pay rise”. One in four hospitals have set up food banks to support staff, according to NHS Providers, which represents hospital groups in England.

This strike comes at a time when the public health system (NHS), which has been underfunded for years, is facing a serious crisis. The Government has announced a £3.3billion increase in the NHS budget for next year and the year after.

According to the RCN, there are 47,000 unfilled care posts in England. Last year, 25,000 nurses or midwives working in the public slammed the door. “Poor pay is contributing to staff shortages across the UK, affecting patient safety,” the union said. More than 7 million people are waiting for treatment in English hospitals, a record number.

Many sectors on strike

But the social movement is not only affecting the health sector. Many other public and private sector workers, from lawyers to airport ground staff, have also gone on strike this year.

In Scotland, teachers went on strike on Thursday demanding wage increases. University staff also halted work on Thursday and Friday, a movement that affected some 2.5 million students. Postal workers have extended their strike until 2023, which could affect delivery of mail and packages during the holiday season.

Traffic is also affected. The London Underground was paralyzed on November 10th by a very popular movement. Railway workers have announced several days of action through the end of the year and the first week of January. Officials have also announced a social movement.

“The last major strikes date back to the 70s and 80s, but they mainly affected the private sector and industry. It’s mostly the public sector there,” Pippa Catterall, a history professor at the University of Westminster and herself a striker, told AFP. “People have been under pressure for a long time. It’s not just the salaries, it’s the workload. (…) We don’t see how things can change except through a strike,” she continued. And with record inflation, “people are increasingly irritated by the cosmetic measures announced by employers and the government.”

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Nurses, In Turn, Are On Strike In The UK, Which Has Been Hit By An Historic Social Crisis – S Chronicles

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