Rishi Sunak to face PMQs as fresh strikes take place and more health workers vote for industrial action – UK politics live

The PM will face Sir Keir Starmer later with issues for his government mountingGood morning. Rishi Sunak is preparing for PMQs this morning. It will only be his fifth exchange with Keir Starmer, and he may be wondering what happened to the notion about new prime ministers enjoying a honeymoon in their first few weeks in holiday. As he ponders what Starmer might ask about, he will realise that the outook is dire. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the problems he has to address.1) Strikes are getting worse. Today Royal Mail workers, university lecturers and sixth-form college staff are all taking industrial action. And last night Unison announced that health workers in England, including ambulance staff and 999 call handlers, have voted to go on strike, probably before Christmas. Christina McAnea, the Unison general secretary, said: The decision to ​take action and lose a day’s pay is always a tough call. It’s especially challenging for those whose jobs involve caring and saving lives. But thousands of ambulance staff and their NHS colleagues know delays won’t lessen, nor waiting times reduce, until the government acts on wages. That’s why they’ve taken the difficult decision to strike. Continue reading...

Rishi Sunak to face PMQs as fresh strikes take place and more health workers vote for industrial action – UK politics live

The PM will face Sir Keir Starmer later with issues for his government mounting

Good morning. Rishi Sunak is preparing for PMQs this morning. It will only be his fifth exchange with Keir Starmer, and he may be wondering what happened to the notion about new prime ministers enjoying a honeymoon in their first few weeks in holiday. As he ponders what Starmer might ask about, he will realise that the outook is dire. Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the problems he has to address.

1) Strikes are getting worse. Today Royal Mail workers, university lecturers and sixth-form college staff are all taking industrial action. And last night Unison announced that health workers in England, including ambulance staff and 999 call handlers, have voted to go on strike, probably before Christmas. Christina McAnea, the Unison general secretary, said:

The decision to ​take action and lose a day’s pay is always a tough call. It’s especially challenging for those whose jobs involve caring and saving lives.

But thousands of ambulance staff and their NHS colleagues know delays won’t lessen, nor waiting times reduce, until the government acts on wages. That’s why they’ve taken the difficult decision to strike.

Continue reading...