It is The third strike in the last five weeks For ambulance drivers who are part of the British Public Health Service (NHS).
After the unprecedented first mobilization in December, nursing professionals had already staged a two-day strike last week.
Social anger is spreading across many regions in the UK, where inflation currently stands at 10.5%, according to the latest data. One of the worst affected is the health sector, which has suffered from chronic underfunding and staff shortages.
A new day of protests on February 6 has already been planned.
The government is committed to implementing the much criticized Minimum Services Act in various sectors such as health and transport.
In a statement released on Sunday night (22), Health Minister Steve Barclay deemed Monday’s mobilization “extremely disappointing” and justified measures promoted by the government to guarantee patient safety.
“There has been no minimum bid in the last five weeks,” replied Sharon Graham, general secretary of the Unite union.
Union organizations are asking British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a Conservative, to take the lead in negotiations, arguing that Minister Barclay does not have the “authority” to reach a deal.
Although the health minister spoke of “constructive discussions” with the unions, they warned that they would hold strikes until the executive heard their proposals.
“Total creator. Devoted tv fanatic. Communicator. Evil pop culture buff. Social media advocate.”