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.
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.
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."
Midwives at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle go on strike for the first time in their union's history.
They say the Government has treated them with contempt.
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."
Around 40 NHS workers are outside Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary in protest over pay. They are chanting "what do we want? More pay" - The walk out will last for four hours.
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."
Unison's general secretary Dave Prentis has assured the public that patient safety will not be put at risk during today's strike action.
He said: "What NHS workers also don't do is walk out on patients.
"Safety is paramount and we have been working with employers to ensure urgent patient care is not compromised."
If the government implemented the recommended pay rise for NHS staff at least 14,000 nurses would be laid off over the next two years, the health secretary said.
Jeremy Hunt told Good Morning Britain he would have "loved to have been more generous" but had been told in no uncertain terms a real terms pay rise would mean drastically reducing staff numbers.