(21 April 2023) The EPSU Executive Committee, representing over eight million workers across Europe, has shared it’s solidarity with workers in the United Kingdom who are participating in industrial action to demand better pay, safe staffing, and improved working conditions. The strikes and actions have taken place across various sectors, including nurses, ambulance workers, junior doctors, civil servants, and teachers.
Industrial action continues with nurses, junior doctors and ambulance workers all planning action. Some unions are still balloting their members or have concluded the ballot on a pay deal offered by the government.
It is important to note that the offer is only applicable to NHS workers in England, with negotiations for other health systems being the responsibility of devolved governments. Furthermore, pay negotiations have yet to take place in Northern Ireland due to the absence of a functioning executive, prompting unions to appeal to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to ensure that workers in the region are not left behind. Unions mobilise to secure a decent pay deal.
In addition to the healthcare sector, civil service workers from the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are also engaged in a campaign of strike action that will continue into May, significantly impacting passport and other services. The FDA, representing managers and professionals in public services, is also considering strike action in response to pay issues.