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The unions’ walkout is indefensible — and must trigger a total ban on strikes by emergency workers

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Strike shame
RISKING lives can never be a legitimate tactic in a strike.
Yet that is what ambulance crews belonging to Unison, Unite and the GMB will do today.
999 crews' rapid attendance is literally life and death for some stricken patients1999 crews’ rapid attendance is literally life and death for some stricken patientsCredit: AlamyWe do understand the immense stress many NHS workers are under, especially since two years of Covid brought the system to its knees. But this dispute is not about that. It’s about cash.
And 999 crews are not like ordinary workers, not even most others in the health service.
Their rapid attendance is literally life and death for some stricken patients.
Striking nurses have at least agreed to emergency staffing. Ambulance workers will only respond if death is imminent.
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So some people who have heart attacks or strokes today must find their own way to hospital. It is surely beyond doubt some will die for want of a paramedic.
What a shocking state for Britain to be reduced to. What a sickening decision by hard-Left unions waging political war.
The Government, farcically, has had to issue Covid-style health warnings — against sports, running, or “unnecessary” driving. It’s stay home, save yourself, protect the NHS from militants.
The unions’ goal is to bring down the Government. They will blame Rishi Sunak for every death they cause — and hope the public does too.

We suspect millions will instead consider the pay offer to these NHS staff — assessed independently of Government — as fair, especially with our economy on its knees. They will regard with utter revulsion the endangering of their ­families’ lives to extract more money.
Not least because with overtime and other extras ambulance workers already get £47,000 a year on average plus a potential 20 per cent pension bung.
The unions’ walkout is indefensible — and must trigger a total ban on strikes by emergency workers.
We salute you
OUR troops are not well paid. Yet they have stepped up to help save Christmas.
That must not go unrewarded. So we back calls to give hundreds of our forces heroes a daily bonus for manning ­borders and driving ambulances.
Yes, we know money is tight.
But it’s a drop in the ocean compared with what the strikers are demanding.
Don’t be fuels
A 12p-a-litre fuel hike would be insane.
Pump prices are only now slowly recovering from their mind-boggling and ruinous summer peak.
We get that Rishi Sunak doesn’t want to hobble his Chancellor before next March’s Budget by vowing now to keep the freeze on duty, hard-won by The Sun and others over many years.

But come on, PM. A monster pump price rise, fuelling inflation?
That must be a non-runner.

Story Credit: thesun.co.uk

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