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UK High Court finds nursing strike illegal, cuts strike action short

by Derek Andrews
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UK Secretary of State for Well being and Social Care Steve Barclay Thursday welcomed a Excessive Courtroom choice which discovered that the Royal Faculty of Nursing’s (RCN) strike scheduled for Might 2 is against the law. The choice comes just a few days after Barclay announced he would take authorized motion to stop the strike.

In a press release posted to Twitter, Barclay mentioned that whereas he “firmly help[s] the precise to take industrial motion throughout the regulation…the federal government couldn’t stand by and let plainly illegal strike motion go forward.” Barclay additionally referred to as on RCN “to do the precise factor by sufferers and comply with derogations for his or her strike motion on 30 April and Might 1.”

Exterior of the Excessive Courtroom, RCN Normal Secretary Pat Cullen said, “Steve Barclay could get a authorized win as we speak, however what he has accomplished is he has misplaced the general public and he has definitely misplaced nursing.” RCN additionally launched a statement afterward Thursday, studying partially:

Nursing workers can be angered however not crushed by as we speak’s interim order. It could even make them extra decided to vote in subsequent month’s reballot for an additional six months of motion. No person desires strikes till Christmas – we must be within the negotiating room, not the courtroom as we speak.

With the courtroom’s choice, the RCN strike towards NHS workplaces throughout England will now be reduce quick by at some point. As an alternative of ending on the scheduled time of 8:00 PM native time on Might 2, the strike motion will now finish at 11:59 PM native time on Might 1.

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