A UK union has warned the cost of fuel is stopping care workers from going to work
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UK healthcare workers have been calling in sick because they can’t afford the petrol they need to get to work, public services union Unison revealed on Thursday. The possibility of widespread strikes looms in the coming months as the government has refused to increase wages, fearing a wage-price spiral fed by runaway inflation.
“We’re actually hearing of people who would rather phone in sick because they don’t have the money to fill up their cars and do their jobs,” Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea told The Guardian, adding that “more and more people are leaving public services, even in local government,” because the pay is not enough to make ends meet.