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UK Health Secretary takes legal action against nursing strikes

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UK Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care Steve Barclay Monday announced he’s taking authorized motion in opposition to upcoming strike actions organized by the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN). Barclay will apply to the Excessive Courtroom to hunt to declare the strike motion on Could 2 as illegal for happening exterior of the six month interval secured from RCN members.

Through social media, Barclay issued a duplicate of the letter he despatched to the RCN Basic Secretary Pat Cullen informing her of the authorized motion. The letter particulars how Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) Employers had reached out to the RCN to resolve the problem, however failed to succeed in an settlement to amend their strike dates. Consequently, NHS Employers contacted Barclay to intervene. Within the letter, Barclay claims that whereas the “authorities is wholly supportive of the precise to take industrial motion,” this should happen “inside the regulation” as a way to “defend sufferers, all NHS workers, [RCN] members and unions.”

The RCN responded to the information of the proceedings in opposition to them, stating that as they anticipate outcomes, they proceed to arrange for strike motion as beforehand deliberate. Cullen described the authorized motion as “nakedly political” and “scary for democracy.”

The courtroom proceedings will happen on the Excessive Courtroom, Royal Courts of Justice, in London, England at 10:00 AM native time on Thursday, April 27. The choice will decide if the strike motion will go forward on Could 2.

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