Who is on strike today and how will it affect you? Daily update for February 25th

Who is on strike today and how will it affect you?  Daily update for February 25th

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Saturday marks a strike by two workers in Britain.

Ambulance drivers, teachers, Border Force staff and power plant workers have already downed tools this week.

Today, staff at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Liverpool are walking out as part of a national campaign over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy conditions.

Those at Toxteth Jobcentre, Liverpool Duke Street Jobcentre, Liverpool City Jobcentre and Liverpool Innovation Park Jobcentre will be ringing.

Unions have warned that its lowest paid members earn just £21,000 a year.

But the DWP insists the pay rise “would cost the country £2.4 billion at a time when our focus must be on reducing inflation to ease the pressure on households across the country”.

Members of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea and Birmingham are also engaged in a similar dispute.

Protesters gather at the Protect The Right To Strike march and rally in Liverpool, protesting against the government's controversial plans for a new law on minimum service levels during strikes.  Photo date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023. PA Photo.  The UK is experiencing its biggest day of industrial action for more than a decade as teachers, university professors, train drivers, civil servants, bus drivers and security guards in seven unions take industrial action in separate disputes over pay, jobs and conditions, and Protect the Right to Strike Walkouts held nationwide to protest the Strikes (Minimum Levels of Service) Bill.  See story PA INDUSTRY Strikes.  Photo should be: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool will host the strike today (Image: PA)

Those working at Drivers Medical have been called to strike for six days in total but have been promised their full wages by the union.

A DVLA spokesman previously said: “It is very disappointing that PCS is incentivising union members by paying them to take part in the action.”

More departures announced

Yesterday, junior doctors in England revealed they would strike for three days next month in an increasingly bitter dispute over pay.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said workers had “no choice” and would walk out from March 13 after voting overwhelmingly in favor of industrial action earlier this month.

The BMA said junior doctors called on Health Secretary Steve Barclay twice last week to meet them urgently, but added no date had been set.

A meeting with Department of Health civil servants earlier this week yielded nothing in terms of substantive progress, the BMA said, adding that the minister declined to attend.

Mandatory credit: Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock (13715078a) Young doctors hold placards demanding full pay restoration during the British Medical Association (BMA) Young Doctors Committee meeting in Central Hall Westminster.  BMA Junior Doctors Meeting in London, UK - 14 January 2023

Young doctors demand better working conditions (Image: Vuk Valcic/REX/Shutterstock)

Co-chairs of the BMA’s junior doctors’ committee, Dr Rob Laurenson and Dr Vivek Trivedi, said patients and the public needed to know the blame for the strike “lays squarely at the government’s door”.

They said: “The fact that so many junior doctors in England voted yes to strike action should leave ministers in no doubt whatsoever about what we have known for a long time and have been trying to tell them, we are discouraged, angry and no longer have any doubt. willing to work for wages that have fallen in real terms by more than 26% over the past 15 years.

“That, along with the stress and exhaustion of working in an NHS in crisis, has brought us to this moment, brought us to a 72-hour walk out.”

The British Dental Association has announced that hospital-based dentists employed under the junior contract will take part in a 72-hour strike after voting in favor of industrial action.

Eddie Crouch, chairman of the organisation, said: “This small but important group of dentists work under the same contracts as their medical colleagues and like them are not worth a penny less than they were 15 years ago.

“Our members will stop the exercises until the government comes back to the table with a serious offer.”

Miriam Deakin, director of policy at NHS Providers, said the strikes would lead to “significant impacts” on care.

He said: “Trust leaders are deeply concerned about the details of next month’s 72-hour strike by BMA junior doctors.

Young doctors and supporters gather in the city center during a general strike on April 26, 2016 in Bristol, England.  Junior doctors across England have launched a two-day strike in an ongoing row with the government over the forced introduction of new contracts.  BMA-backed industrial action includes a walkout from emergency care for the first time in NHS history.  (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

Young doctors and supporters gather in the city center during a previous general strike in 2016 (Image: Rufus Cox/Getty Images)

“The potential for complete work stoppages by striking junior doctors during this period, including night and on-call shifts, will have significant implications for patient care.

“This unprecedented scale of industrial action in the NHS threatens to cause serious disruption to patients, which is the last thing anyone wants. It is also likely to hamper the hard work of NHS staff to tackle backlogs and meet voluntary targets.

“We understand that junior doctors feel they have been pushed to this point by factors such as below-inflation pay rises and huge workforce shortages.

“As always, trust leaders will work steadily to ensure that disruption to strike dates is minimized but action is desperately needed at national level to end this.”

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