A third day of NHS strike action in Northern Ireland is taking place today (Tuesday), with thousands of UNISON members in the six arm’s length bodies of the health trust out on pickets, including staff at the Northern Ireland ambulance service.
Speaking of the dispute, Anne Speed, UNISON head of bargaining and representation in Northern Ireland, said: “While the political stalemate continues health staff and patients are paying a price.
“The inertia from the secretary of state speaks volumes. Taking direction from Westminster, who also appear to be doing nothing, is just not good enough.”
At 9:30am UNISON members in Belfast, joined by general secretary Christina McAnea, marched from their picket lines at the Royal Victoria Hospital, the City Hospital, Greenpark, the Mater Hospital and trust community sites across Belfast where they joined teaching unions in a solidarity rally at Belfast City Hall.
Here’s Christina McAnea speaking from a picket line in Belfast: