A big thanks to NHS members

A big thanks to all our NHS members who took strike action this morning across England, and stood on the picket lines to show the government just what we think of the way they are treating dedicated staff.

I joined London Ambulance Service members on the picket line from early morning. TV cameras, photographers and radio reporters spent the morning filming and interviewing members, amid supporting cheers from passers-by and tooting from London’s busy traffic.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady brought the solidarity of the entire union movement with her as she joined us on the picket line.

I made the case for our members on BBC’s Today programme, Radio 5 Live, BBC TV, Sky, and local radio stations – all from outside London Ambulance Service.

We must keep up the pressure on the government, and health secretary Jeremy Hunt in particular, so that they see sense and implement the pay review body recommendation in full.

The paltry 1% is, after all, in line with the government’s own pay policy.