May 18, 2024

England: Sunak calls on government officials

Abroad Instead of a Christmas text

Sunak surprises government officials with a phone call

Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of Great Britain

Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of Great Britain

Source: dpa/Frank Augstein

This year’s Christmas speech has been canceled due to weeks of strike action in Great Britain. British Prime Minister Chung has thanked workers over the holidays – with a surprise gesture.

AIn the face of a massive strike wave in England, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered a traditional Christmas speech. Instead, he surprised several government officials with personal calls, Downing Street said. Sunak tweeted on Saturday: “To all Brits working over Christmas – thank you. Whether you’re in Mogadishu or Milton Keynes, I’m personally grateful for your commitment.

According to commentators, Sunak wanted to show the great value he attached to public service. Unions accuse the government of denying them a fair wage hike.

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For example, strikes shut down the post office

Christmas has been overshadowed by many strikes this year in Great Britain. Many people have not received any Christmas mail or parcels as Royal Mail staff have been off work for weeks. Strikes among railway and border officials have made it difficult to see relatives. Strikes are also frequent in many sectors such as the health sector.

According to the government, Sunak invited diplomats in Somalia, Pakistan and Ukraine, as well as the head of a government-funded charity in London. He also called the crew of the icebreaker “HMS Protector” currently on duty around the South Sandwich Islands near Antarctica, supplying scientists there, among other things.

Sunak has been in office since October. The 42-year-old wanted to celebrate his first Christmas as prime minister in the Richmond constituency in the northern English county of North Yorkshire.