Union leaders have been warned that the Authorities can’t afford inflation-busting pay rises for public sector staff at this time because the nation braces for a wave of brutal Christmas strikes.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper mentioned he didn’t have ‘a bottomless pit of taxpayers cash’ handy out to rail staff, nurses and 1000’s of others who will stroll out in December.

Strike motion over pay will see trains cease operating and posties refusing to ship playing cards and presents within the run as much as Christmas Day, in scenes paying homage to the darkish days of militancy within the Seventies.

Tens of 1000’s of nurses are additionally resulting from down instruments for 2 days, the primary industrial motion within the historical past of the Royal Faculty of Nursing.

Greater than 100,000 civil servants are resulting from stroll out, together with Border Pressure employees at ports and airports, doubtlessly affecting vacation getaway plans. 

And the Communication Employees Union (CWU) has rejected Royal Mail’s closing pay supply and is urgent forward with extra strikes, together with Christmas Eve. 

Mr Harper, who had a optimistic assembly with RMY boss Mick Lynch final week, advised Sky Information’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘I feel we wish to try to give all the employees within the public sector who work very exhausting respectable pay rises, however they cannot be inflation-busting pay rises.

‘There merely is not the cash to pay for these given the context, we have not seen these within the personal sector both, the personal sector pay rises have typically been settled under the extent of inflation, which I settle for is troublesome for individuals.’

Mr Harper, who had a positive meeting with RMY boss Mick Lynch last week, told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday: 'I think we want to try and give all the workers in the public sector who work very hard decent pay rises, but they can't be inflation-busting pay rises.'

Mr Harper, who had a optimistic assembly with RMY boss Mick Lynch final week, advised Sky Information’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘I feel we wish to try to give all the employees within the public sector who work very exhausting respectable pay rises, however they cannot be inflation-busting pay rises.’

When are Christmas strikes going down? 


December 15 and 20

Practice drivers

December 13, 14, 16 and 17

Royal Mail

December 14, 15, 23 and Christmas Eve

Passport management

From mid-December

The RCN introduced the primary in a sequence of stroll outs over pay will happen on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December – although emergency and pressing care will nonetheless happen in the course of the 12-hour strikes. 

It’s the newest in a sequence of co-ordinated strikes by unions which have prompted accusations they’re organising a de-facto basic strike. 

Final week the militant RMT union threw the Christmas plans of thousands and thousands into chaos by calling 4 48-hour strikes between December 13 and January 7. 

There can even be an additional time ban between December 18 and January 2, that means there could possibly be a whole bunch of last-minute cancellations. Practice operators depend on employees working additional time to run a full timetable. 

Nurses are set to strike for 2 days earlier than Christmas in a row over pay.  The strikes will nonetheless have an effect on round half of hospitals, doubtlessly suspending 30,000 operations and a whole bunch of 1000’s of outpatient appointments. 

It comes as NHS bosses warned the well being service faces ‘its most difficult winter ever’ with the ‘tripledemic’ of flu, Covid and file demand on pressing and emergency companies.

It follows the primary vote within the RCN’s 106-year historical past, through which 300,000 members have been requested in the event that they favoured industrial motion.

Its basic secretary and chief government Pat Cullen mentioned: ‘Whereas billions of kilos is being spent on short-term measures like company employees to stay a plaster on the NHS workforce disaster, we’re advised a pay rise for nursing employees is unaffordable.

‘With 47,000 nurse vacancies in England’s NHS alone, a pay rise for nurses is not nearly honest pay – it is about retaining and recruiting sufficient nurses to soundly take care of sufferers.

‘Strike motion is all the time a final resort however for too lengthy now we have been ignored. Nursing employees will not stand by whereas their sufferers are put in hurt’s means – they’re doing this for themselves and for his or her sufferers.’

The RCN mentioned it would announce which specific NHS employers be placing subsequent week, when formal notifications are submitted.

Most cancers hospitals such because the Royal Marsden in London and Clatterbridge Most cancers Centre in Liverpool voted to strike, placing chemotherapy appointments in danger.

Care at maternity hospitals and youngsters’s hospitals can be anticipated to be disrupted, whereas nurses will strike on the largest hospitals in London, together with Man’s and St Thomas’, in line with the poll outcomes.

Crucial care in life-threatening conditions shouldn’t be put in danger with well being companies prioritising emergency care on strike days, officers harassed.

Nevertheless, elective therapy, outpatient care and different healthcare companies are more likely to be affected, exacerbating a postcode lottery of care.

Labour’s Lisa Nandy has mentioned the Authorities needs to be ‘shifting heaven and earth’ to cease rail strikes.

The shadow levelling up secretary was requested on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme about feedback from Transport Secretary Mark Harper that inflation-busting pay rises are ‘unaffordable’.

She mentioned: ‘They’re unaffordable due to 12 years of Tory Authorities and 44 days through which Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng crashed the financial system.

‘I feel there should be a degree of humility about that inside Authorities.

‘What he needs to be doing is shifting heaven and earth to try to avert strikes developing this winter.

‘It has been a extremely robust yr for lots of people and no one needs to see strikes, least of all of the people who find themselves having to resort to strike motion.’