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  Recurring strikes by nurses university staff and postal workers among others caused chaos in the United Kingdom UK in November and the coming months are likely to bring more disputes over wages NURSES TO GO OUTThe Royal College of Nursing RCN said on Friday that its members will hold a national walkout the first in the organization s 106 year history in mid December to demand more wages saying more workdays are possible strike will be announced later Nurses have had enough of being taken for granted enough of low pay and insecure staffing levels enough of not being able to give our patients the care they deserve said RCN Secretary General Pat Cullen it s a statement An analysis published by consultancy London Economics in October found that salaries for experienced nurses have fallen by 20 per cent in real terms over the last 10 years in most of the UK The RCN is campaigning for a 5 percent wage increase 5 percent above the inflation rate The photo taken on January 28 2022 shows a woman walking past parked ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital in London Britain Photo by Ray Tang The RCN is demanding a massive 17 6 per cent pay increase an increase of around three times the average settlement millions of working people outside the public sector receive Health Secretary Steve Barclay tweeted on Friday Inevitably the strike will have an impact on services he added noting that the government remains open to talks MORE STRIKES IN PROGRESSMore than 70 000 staff at 150 universities across the UK began a three day strike on Thursday over pay working conditions and pensions The Union of Universities and Colleges UCU said the strike is the largest in the history of higher education and that more than 2 5 million students could be affected The union s demands include a significant wage increase to address the cost of living crisis as well as measures to end the use of insecure contracts and tackle dangerously high workloads The Communication Workers Union CWU the largest union at Royal Mail went on strike on Thursday and Friday after failing to reach an agreement with the postal service and the courier company The strikes coincided with the Black Friday sales A strike notice is seen at Waterloo station in London Britain on Aug 20 2022 Li Ying Our members are on strike for a pay increase that fully addresses the current cost of living the CWU said When Royal Mail workers went on strike at the end of October the union said the total number of days lost to industrial action in 2022 in CWU strikes had reached 1 25 million The National Union of Railway Maritime and Transport Workers RMT also announced on Tuesday a series of 48 hour strikes in December and January involving more than 40 000 members after the union and industry bosses failed to reach an agreement This latest round of labor action will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security pay and conditions for our people said RMT general secretary Mick Lynch THE COST OF LIVING ON THE RISEA supermarket trolley is seen in Manchester Britain on April 13 2022 Photo by Jon Super Strikes have spread across the UK in recent months In September there were 205 000 work days lost due to labor disputes in the country according to the National Statistics Office ONS Wage disputes have intensified amid the rising cost of living The UK consumer price index CPI rose 11 1 percent in the 12 months to October up from 10 1 percent in September hitting a new 41 year high Rising energy and food costs have a greater influence on the rate of inflation experienced by low income households After taking inflation into account average total salary including bonuses fell 2 6 percent and regular pay without bonuses fell 2 7 percent between July and September the ONS said This was one of the biggest declines in growth since comparable records began in 2001 Wage growth continues to strengthen in the private sector This has opened up a huge gap between public and private sector wages which have been subject to very tight deals said Louise Murphy an economist at the Resolution Foundation think tank This gap is unsustainable in the long term as it creates enormous difficulties in recruiting and retaining the public sector he said A man fills up a vehicle at a gas station in Manchester Britain on April 13 2022 Photo by Jon Super The strikes have exacted a huge economic cost and have had a great impact on daily life Economists have assessed that the first wave of rail strikes alone in June 2022 cost the UK economy nearly 100m US 121m according to a government report 1 British pound 1 21 US dollars Xinhua
UK hit by waves of labor actions over wages and conditions

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– Recurring strikes by nurses, university staff and postal workers, among others, caused chaos in the United Kingdom (UK) in November and the coming months are likely to bring more disputes over wages.

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NURSES TO GO OUT

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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said on Friday that its members will hold a national walkout, the first in the organization’s 106-year history, in mid-December to demand more wages, saying more workdays are possible. strike. will be announced later.

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“Nurses have had enough of being taken for granted, enough of low pay and insecure staffing levels, enough of not being able to give our patients the care they deserve,” said RCN Secretary General Pat Cullen, it’s a statement.

An analysis published by consultancy London Economics in October found that salaries for experienced nurses have fallen by 20 per cent in real terms over the last 10 years in most of the UK. The RCN is campaigning for a 5 percent wage increase, 5 percent above the inflation rate.

The photo taken on January 28, 2022 shows a woman walking past parked ambulances outside the Royal London Hospital in London, Britain. (Photo by Ray Tang/)

The RCN is “demanding a massive 17.6 per cent pay increase, an increase of around three times the average settlement millions of working people outside the public sector receive,” Health Secretary Steve Barclay tweeted on Friday.

“Inevitably, the strike will have an impact on services,” he added, noting that the government remains open to talks.

MORE STRIKES IN PROGRESS

More than 70,000 staff at 150 universities across the UK began a three-day strike on Thursday over pay, working conditions and pensions. The Union of Universities and Colleges (UCU) said the strike is the largest in the history of higher education and that more than 2.5 million students could be affected.

The union’s demands include “a significant wage increase to address the cost-of-living crisis, as well as measures to end the use of insecure contracts and tackle dangerously high workloads.”

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), the largest union at Royal Mail, went on strike on Thursday and Friday after failing to reach an agreement with the postal service and the courier company. The strikes coincided with the Black Friday sales.

A strike notice is seen at Waterloo station in London, Britain, on Aug. 20, 2022. (/Li Ying)

“Our members are on strike for a pay increase that fully addresses the current cost of living,” the CWU said. When Royal Mail workers went on strike at the end of October, the union said the total number of days lost to industrial action in 2022 in CWU strikes had reached 1.25 million.

The National Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) also announced on Tuesday a series of 48-hour strikes in December and January involving more than 40,000 members after the union and industry bosses failed to reach an agreement.

This latest round of labor action “will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people,” said RMT general secretary Mick Lynch.

THE COST OF LIVING ON THE RISE

A supermarket trolley is seen in Manchester, Britain, on April 13, 2022. (Photo by Jon Super/)

Strikes have spread across the UK in recent months. In September, there were 205,000 work days lost due to labor disputes in the country, according to the National Statistics Office (ONS).

Wage disputes have intensified amid the rising cost of living. The UK consumer price index (CPI) rose 11.1 percent in the 12 months to October, up from 10.1 percent in September, hitting a new 41-year high. Rising energy and food costs have a greater influence on the rate of inflation experienced by low-income households.

After taking inflation into account, average total salary (including bonuses) fell 2.6 percent and regular pay (without bonuses) fell 2.7 percent between July and September, the ONS said. This was one of the biggest declines in growth since comparable records began in 2001.

“Wage growth continues to strengthen in the private sector. This has opened up a huge gap between public and private sector wages, which have been subject to very tight deals,” said Louise Murphy, an economist at the Resolution Foundation think tank.

“This gap is unsustainable in the long term, as it creates enormous difficulties in recruiting and retaining the public sector,” he said.

A man fills up a vehicle at a gas station in Manchester, Britain, on April 13, 2022. (Photo by Jon Super/)

The strikes have exacted a huge economic cost and have had a great impact on daily life. Economists have assessed that the first wave of rail strikes alone, in June 2022, cost the UK economy nearly £100m (US$121m), according to a government report. (1 British pound = 1.21 US dollars)

(Xinhua)

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