Thursday, 9 December 2021

Junior doctor strikes back on as talks fail

Strikes by junior doctors in England are back on after talks with the government have broken down. A 24-hour walk-out next Tuesday will be followed by a 48-hour strike on 26 January and a third day of action in February over a new contract, the British Medical Association said. It comes after the union agreed to cancel three strikes last month to re-enter talks with the government. But those negotiations have failed to reach an agreement in time. The BMA had until midnight to decide whether it wanted to take industrial action – or face having to reballot its members. This is because of trade union rules which only allow industrial action in set timescales and require unions to give a week’s notice of any walk-out.

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