Why do workers strike?

By Dr Christa Brunnschweiler

Last week’s doctors’ strike in the UK has had many people shaking their heads and wondering why the negotiations over a new work contract between the government and the British Medical Association (BMA), a doctors’ union, got so out of hand. The strike was not good for the images of government or doctors, and most seriously, it was not good for patients of the National Health Service (NHS) – around 3,300 scheduled routine operations had to be postponed because of the 24-hour walkout. Surely such damaging action to all parties involved could have been avoided?

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