In 55 NHS trusts in England, nurses are conducting walkouts that may last up to 13 hours today and tomorrow.
Today, Corbynites are on route to the picket lines in an ardent effort to encourage Sir Keir Starmer to push more for the employees in question.
As nurses engage in their third round of industrial action today, members of the Corbynite grassroots organisation Momentum, a Labour campaign organisation, are joining the picket lines. Nurses are staging work stoppages today and tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. that might run up to 13 hours.
In England, there are 55 NHS trusts where there is industrial action.
Five percent over inflation, the RCN has requested a wage increase of 19 percent.
The government has rejected the proposal as “unaffordable.”
RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen stated the following on the forthcoming walkouts: “The Government had the opportunity to end this dispute before Christmas, but instead they have chosen to push nursing staff out into the cold again in January.
“I do not wish to prolong this dispute, but the Prime Minister has left us with no choice.
“The public support has been heart-warming and I am more convinced than ever that this is the right thing to do for patients and the future of the NHS.”
The “voice of nursing will not be ignored,” she said, and the “sooner ministers come to the negotiating table, the sooner this can be resolved”.
As a wave of industrial action shakes the UK, the Labour leader has been accused of not doing enough to help striking employees.
While opposing the government’s new anti-strike laws, he has prohibited his ministers from joining the picket lines of the striking employees.
Momentum, which is scheduled to appear on the picket lines later today, has come under fire lately since the organisation is said to be struggling financially as a result of the departure of left-leaning members from the Labour party.
Since then, it has started a fundraising campaign called “Keep Up Momentum” and is urging members to keep supporting what they’ve built.
The organisation mostly depends on public contributions, but it also demands that supporters be Labour Party members.
Since Keir Starmer became leader, the party has lost thousands of left-wing members, which has had an impact on its fundraising.
Momentum’s membership has decreased by a third from its height, when Jeremy Corbyn was the party’s leader, according to the Guardian.
The group’s financial condition is “serious, but not critical,” according to an insider. However, a another source said that without further funding, the organisation wouldn’t “be able to operate at the level we have been.”