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LONDON: UK hospital doctors on Monday began a three-day strike over pay at the start of a week that will also see teachers, train staff and civil servants walk out, in the latest wave of industrial action. The doctors say years of lower-than-inflation pay rises mean they have effectively taken a 26 per cent pay cut since 2008.
Before the stop, the body that represents them, the British Medical Association (BMA), launched an advertising campaign claiming that a newly qualified doctor earns less than some of the coffee shop staff. “Pret a Manger has announced that it will pay up to £14.10 ($17.13) an hour,” the ad said.
“A junior doctor only makes £14.09. Thanks to this government you can do more serving coffee than saving patients. This week junior doctors will go on strike so that they are paid what they are worth.” On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of workers are expected to walk out, including teachers, London Underground train drivers, BBC journalists, and university staff.