The British government is looking at bringing in the military to
help keep public services running if key workers, including in the
state-run National Health Service, take strike action, the chairman
of the governing Conservative Party said on Sunday, trend reports citing al arabiya .
Britain is already grappling with industrial action in a range
of sectors, but now faces strikes by thousands of nurses in England
and ambulance workers in England and Wales who plan to walk out
later this month over pay and conditions.
The government has repeatedly called on workers to halt strike
action, saying it could not afford pay rises to cover inflation and
that, even if it could meet their demands, such increases would
further fuel inflation.
“Our message to the unions is to say 'this is not a time to
strike, this is a time to try and negotiate'. But in the absence of
that, it is important for the government... to have contingency
plans in place,” Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News.
“We're looking at the military, we're looking at a specialist
response force... a surge capacity,” he said, adding that the
military could be brought in to drive ambulances.
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