On 11 June the CGT, FO and SUD federations in the health and social services sector organised a day of action with a series of urgent demands for the government. The key demands included a stop to all job cuts and cuts to services, beds and institutions. The unions also want extra funding, additional staffing, provision for training for emergency services, higher pay and assurances of a one-to-one staffing ratio in care homes.
Health unions take action over pay, jobs and services
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