NHS workers at Leeds General Infirmary who have taken part in today's four hour strike have said industrial action is a last resort.
Edward Barr from Unite, Matthew Barker who is a porter, Fiona Powell, an NHS worker and midwives Liz Furness and Anita Marshall, have been speaking to ITV Yorkshire about why they chose to strike.
Today is the second day of action for NHS staff in our region - including midwives, who walked out on strike for the first time ever yesterday in a row over pay.
Today, union members from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will follow yesterday's four-hour walk-out with four days of "work to rule".
Tony Pearson, from Unison Yorkshire and Humberside, explains that it is to demonstrate NHS workers often work through their breaks.
Trade unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff, but the government says that will cost too much.
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Cat Rowney, an NHS midwife at Newcastle's RVI hospital, has spoken of the anger she and fellow hospital workers across the North East feel.
It has got very bad in the last few years, we're in a decade long baby boom at the moment so there's more and more babies being born with less and less staff.
People aren't encouraged to come into midwifery anymore because of all the issues that are going on. We work very long hours, we often work unpaid overtime, we don't get breaks, we don't get to have anything to eat, we don't get to go to the toilet.
It's got to the point where enough's enough and we need to make a stand and let everyone hear our voice.
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Turnout at the entrance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary is about 80 people.
"I'm really impressed with the turnout. The atmosphere is absolutely fantastic and everyone is pulling together to make it clear to the Government that we deserve this pay rise."
Jeremy Hunt has defended the Government's handling of the NHS pay dispute this morning.
He said: "We have to make sure we end up with a decision that isn't going to lead to nurses and frontline staff being laid off."
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the government is prepared to talk to the striking NHS unions about the current pay rise dispute.
He said: "We will talk to them if they're prepared to look to reform the system of increments, which is unclear and unfair.
"I recognise frontline staff do a magnificent job in the NHS."
Members of the armed forces will drive ambulances in London and the north-west when public sector workers go on strike on Monday, the Ministry of Defence has said.
An MoD spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the Ministry of Defence is providing support to the Department of Health during the 13 October industrial action by some trade unions.
"This assistance involves the provision of military drivers to support the London and the North West Ambulance Services.”