The Queen has been asked to intervene in a dispute over the pay of NHS staff who have to work during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.
Unite said many NHS employers in England were treating June 5 as a normal day, even though the Government has declared it a bank holiday.
In a letter to the Queen, Unite’s head of health Rachael Maskell said: “I am asking if you could make an intervention to ensure that hard-working NHS staff in England will be afforded the opportunity, with the rest of the nation, to celebrate Your Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.”
Unite said NHS staff who work on June 5 should receive the same nationally-agreed public holiday pay rates as other public sector workers.
Ms Maskell said:” NHS employers intend to blatantly flout the spirit of this once-in-a lifetime day.”