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University of Cumbria staff go on strike

Exams will not be affected according to staff Credit: ITV Border

Staff at the University of Cumbria are walking out today as part of a wave of nationwide strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

The dispute comes after a pay rise offer of just over one per cent from the university's governing body.

According to the university, the strike will not affect exams during the one-day walkout.

Junior doctors on strike in Cumbria

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A number of junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in a national 48-hour strike.

It's the latest in an ongoing row with the government over new contracts, however, the local NHS board say that very few patients will be affected.

"We have already seen our contingency plans tested by strike action by Junior Doctors. Our first priority is patient safety and we can reassure the public that all NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested plans in place. “As ever, we would urge people using NHS services to ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs. A+E is for serious and life threatening injuries and conditions.”

– Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS strike continues across Cumbria

Health unions continue strikes across Cumbria Credit: ITV News Border

Some Cumbrian NHS staff are beginning the first of four days of working to rule following yesterday's strike.

Nurses and midwives are among those taking part in the protest over pay.

The unions want all NHS staff to receive a 1% pay award but the government says they can't afford it.

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'Fair Pay' say health unions

Health unions striking outside the West Cumberland Hospital Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbrian NHS staff have joined pickets outside the region's hospitals in a national strike over pay.

Ambulance workers, nurses and midwives were among those from 6 unions taking part in the 4 hour stoppage between 7am and 11am.

The unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff but the government says the organisation just can't afford it.

Today's strike will be followed from tomorrow by four days of working to rule.

Some staff are due an incremental pay rise but the unions say this is not a pay award but a contractual right.

Emergency services continued as normal during the strike action but some appointments and operations were expected to be postponed.

Health union strikes across Cumbria

NHS say disruption will be kept to a minimum Credit: PA

Health unions are due to go on strike for four hours across Cumbria this morning.

The NHS says organisations in the county are working together to ensure the disruption will be kept to a minimum, although some services will inevitably be affected, in particular the North West Ambulance Service.

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