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NHS Staff, including midwives, nurses and ambulance staff have staged a 4 hour strike over a refusal to implement a 1% pay rise.
Staff across the region walked out at 7 o'clock this morning. It is only the second time in 30 years that employees have walked out over pay. From Leeds, Claire Ashforth reports.
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NHS workers from 11 trade unions - including nurses, midwives and paramedics, staged a four hour walkout this morning.
Pickets were outside hospitals across the region from 7am including ones in Leeds, Lincoln and Bradford. The industrial action is over a pay dispute, and follows a strike involving thousands of workers last month.
Liz Furness from the Royal College of Midwives explained the importance of the strike.
Around 50 NHS workers from Lincoln County hospital joined a national strike today Monday November 24, 2014, in a dispute over pay.
The workers were from three unions and were on the picket line for fours.
Unions have accused the Government of lying over NHS pay as health workers across the country take to the picket lines.
The Government said it had put forward plans to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but they had been rejected by the unions.
Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "It's ludicrous that the Government is keeping up the pretence that all staff are getting a 1% pay rise, and it doesn't matter how often they say it; it's simply not true."
He said the 1% pay rise recommended by the independent NHS Pay Review Body for all NHS workers had been rejected by the Government.
A Department of Health spokesman said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we want to make the current pay system fairer - which is why we have put forward proposals that would guarantee all staff would get at least a 1% pay rise this year and next, but these have been rejected by the unions.
"We have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget, but we can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs."
NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.
Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.
Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".
A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".
"Robust plans" are in place to protect patients during a four-hour strike by thousands of health workers today, NHS England said.
Around 150 police officers will drive or help crew ambulances in London as part of the plans, with paramedics among those walking out in the row over pay.
NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.
We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans for November 24 that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.
A proposed shake up of parking charges in Hull could see residents charged £20 a year to park their cars outside their own homes.
Currently, residents pay £7.50 to pay for an annual controlled parking zone permit, but the council says that is well below the economic cost and taxpayers are making up the shortfall.
The council has agreed to delay making the final decision until after twenty eight thousand households in the zones have been consulted in the New Year.
Frazer Maude reports from Hull:
Hull Councillors are to consult hundreds of people in the city on whether they want to have residential parking restrictions in their areas. The proposed fee for areas which vote in favour would be £20.
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