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Health Crisis: Union Nipsa 'determined not to back down'

Health workers taking part in industrial action in Northern Ireland
Health workers taking part in industrial action in Northern Ireland

Public service union Nipsa has said it will take part in all-out strike action next week in a bid to preserve the future of the health service.

The union's 9,500 members, which stretch across services including social care, administration and nursing, are due to take part in a 24-hour strike beginning just after midnight on Wednesday.

They will join colleagues from Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), on the picket line in the campaign for pay parity with the rest of the UK and increased staffing levels.

It is the first time in the 103-year history of the RCN that its members will take part in such action.

Padraig Mulholland, Nipsa's deputy general secretary, said: "In my almost 30 years of being involved in the trade union movement, I have never seen such a strength of feeling.

"The unions are determined not to back down until we achieve our aims."

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