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Derry councillor supports nurses December strike action

Shaun Harkin

A local councillor has voiced his support for all nurses and healthcare workers following the announcement that they will take strike action in December.

The first day of industrial action will be Tuesday 3 December 2019. Industrial action, short of strike action, will include declining to do any task that is not patient-specific. Examples of such actions include:

Working no bank or overtime shifts on days of industrial action
Not working unpaid hours
Not completing paper work other than individual patient records
Not preparing or cleaning empty beds when a patient is discharged
Not accompanying patients to tests and investigations unless there is an identified clinical requirement
Not answering telephones at ward level
No administrative tasks
Not collecting prescriptions or pharmacy in the community
Not collecting or delivering blood samples in the community
Not attending meetings including bed management or bed co-ordination meetings
Not attending any regional or local meetings, conferences or non-mandatory training.
Two further dates of industrial action, short of strike action, will take place on 10 and 11 December followed by the first day of strike action which will be Wednesday 18 December 2019.

immediately responding to the announcement, People Before Profit Councillor, Shaun Harkin, said: "Solidarity with our nurses and all our health workers. I'll be joining them on the picket line and encourage the broadest public support possible for their courageous action for workers rights, respect and to save the NHS.

"Their fight is all our fight. Despite the opposition of the DUP, the full Derry and Strabane Council supported my motion to back the nurses strike. The political establishment in Westminster and Stormont has failed our nurses and NHS workers.

"Everyone who depends on the NHS has been failed by parties who stood by and done nothing to halt privatisation, pay freezes and funding cuts. People power is the way ordinary people have win justice and equality. That's why everyone from all communities and backgrounds should rally behind action by nurses."

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