Hospital workers and ambulance staff announce new South Yorkshire strikes in pay dispute

Striking health workers protest outside the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield in October

Striking health workers protest outside the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield in October

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Hospital staff and ambulance workers across South Yorkshire will be going out on strike again as a row with the Government over pay escalates.

NHS staff represented by union Unison will walk out for 12 hours between 9am and 9pm on Thursday, January 26, with ambulance workers striking between noon and midnight on the same day.

This will be followed by a 24-hour walkout on Wednesday, February 24.

Workers are protesting at the Government’s decision to reject a one per cent across-the-board pay rise for NHS staff after it was recommended by an independent pay review board.

There have already been two four-hour walkouts by staff from 12 different trade unions in October and November in relation to the issue.

Christina McAnea, head of health for Unison, which represents more than 450,000 NHS workers, said: “We have decided not to take strike action over the Christmas period as services are already at breaking point at this time. Our members are demonstrating their concern for patient safety. I only wish the employers and Government would do the same.

“Our members’ pay has been frozen or held down for the past five years and there is no end in sight. We now have no option but to escalate and plan for longer strikes. All we are asking is for fair and decent pay for NHS workers. “