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Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in England are striking in January and February, as talks earlier this week resulted in no new pay increase offer being made by the UK Government.

Over 4,200 CSP members, employed by 30 NHS trusts across England, will be called to strike on 26 January.

A second day of strikes at an additional 30 trusts will follow on 9 February as part of the ongoing dispute over pay and retention.

CSP will announce further dates in England and Wales if no improved offer is forthcoming from the respective governments.

The planned industrial action, called by CSP Council, follows the CSP achieving mandates to strike in 119 NHS employers across England through ballots held at the end of last year, with a second wave closing this month.

All eight health boards in Wales have also secured a strike mandate.

Claire Sullivan, CSP Director of Employer Relations and Union Services, commented: “We know taking strike action is an absolute last resort for CSP members, but NHS staff not only deserve better pay but also desperately need it during this cost of living crisis.

“This dispute will protect patient services both now and into the future, and it’s essential that the government comes up with an improved offer to avert further strikes and demonstrate they understand the scale of the problem.”

CSP Council has agreed a rolling programme of strike days, with two announced now and a further two likely to be announced later in February and March if the dispute continues.

According to the society: “This allows us to keep the profile of industrial action by CSP members at the forefront without asking members to individually take more than one day of action at this stage.

“It also allows us to provide more support for members and stewards on each day.”

CSP says it intends to maintain an emergency respiratory on call service throughout any days of strike action.

Find out more about the CSP’s strike action and what it means for members on this page.

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