H&F Hospital Staff Join Four Hour Strike on Monday Morning
Industrial action to be followed by six days of work to rule
Staff from local hospitals, Charing Cross in Hammersmith, Hammersmith Hospital in Shepherd's Bush and Chelsea Westminster on Fulham Road have joined hospitals across the country in a four hour strike over pay on Monday November 24 from 7am till 11am.
The strike is the second to be called by unions UNISON, UNITE, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives. The Society of Radiographers also called for a four hour strike on 24 November from 08.00 to 12.00.
Nurses, ambulance paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners, healthcare assistants and admin staff were amongst those striking on Monday morning.
The strike will be followed by six days of action when workers will work to rule.
UNISON says it wants the NHS to be properly funded so that it can have enough staff who are well motivated and fairly paid and adds that its campaign is for:
The union says that there has been a "great turnout across the country" and that it is prepared to keep up the pressure on the government.
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, says: "The fact almost all health unions are taking part in the industrial action should ring alarm bells in Whitehall.
Police officers and the military were drafted in to help on Monday morning with 120 soldiers and 150 police officers driving ambulances, and London Ambulance Service asked people only to call 999 in a genuine emergency.
November 24, 2014