Sir Keir Starmer has instructed the government to “just get on with resolving” the pay dispute with nurses rather than taking them to court for strike action.
On a visit to Lancashire this afternoon, the Labor leader said: “I think anyone watching would say they want the government to settle a dispute, the issue with the nurses.
The nurses don’t want to go on strike. They want a government that negotiates and talks to them, not takes them to court.
“I think most people are scratching their heads and saying ‘instead of going to court, just get on with fixing the underlying issues’ so that all these people waiting for surgeries are waiting to get things done in the hospital, can actually reduce that fear and get on with it.
The government today won a case in the High Court that part of a 48-hour strike planned next month by the Royal College of Nursing was illegal.
The court ruled that the May 2 union action would fall outside the union’s current strike mandate.
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