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Strikes and Protests Continue in U.K. as Workers Demand Living Wages

HeadlineMar 17, 2023

In the United Kingdom, unions representing medical workers, including nurses and paramedics, have agreed to a tentative deal on pay raises that would recover ground lost to inflation. Union leaders hailed the deal as a historic victory, capping months of rolling strikes by thousands of workers at the National Health Service. About 100,000 civil servants and others, including junior doctors at NHS, remain in a long-running dispute over pay, pension and job security.

Meanwhile, the U.K. government says it has agreed to “intensive talks” on teacher pay and classroom sizes with an estimated 200,000 teachers in England and Wales, who hit picket lines this week for a three-day strike action. Teachers were among tens of thousands of people who marched through the streets of London on Wednesday.

Ferdushi Mohshin: “I can’t sit back and watch education decimated. It’s not just about teacher pay. We’re talking about funding for schools. Our children deserve so much better than this. They are our future.”

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