Public urged to join slow handclap protest against 1% NHS pay rise
Unison calls for show of solidarity with health staff over ‘derisory’ offer at 8pm next Thursday
over the pay offer, which amounts to a real-terms cut in wages. Its general secretary, Donna Kinnair, said: “This is pitiful and bitterly disappointing. The government is dangerously out of touch with nursing staff, NHS workers and the public.”She said if the review body accepted the government’s plan, it would amount to an extra £3.50 a week in take-home pay for an experienced nurse.
01:25Matt Hancock: nurses' 1% pay rise is 'what we think is affordable' – videoThe protest is an attempt to tap into the public sense of gratitude towards the NHS as shown in the regular Thursday clap for carers that began in the first lockdown.
Annemarie Plas, the Dutch woman who organised the clap for carers in the UK, is being urged to back the protest clap.Unison’s general secretary, Christina McAnea, said: “Millions stood on doorsteps and clapped for health staff who’ve given their all. Let’s now stand up for their right to fair wages. Give the chancellor a slow handclap for his miserly 1%. Times may be tough but this deal is below inflation and derisory. It’s like the worst of austerity is back. headtopics.com
Read more“NHS staff have worked throughout the darkest days in health service history. They were expecting a fair increase that reflects their exceptional efforts. Nurses, midwives, porters, cleaners and other health workers are upset, hurt and angry.
“There were 100,000 vacancies even before Covid hit. Now the health service will be losing staff quicker than they can recruit new ones. This offer isn’t just bad for staff. It’s bad for the NHS and the patients it cares for.”The government has faced growing anger from unions and opposition parties since news of the pay offer emerged. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, said it was an insult. He tweeted:
£3.50 a week is an insult.After all the clapping and all the praise, our NHS staff deserve more than this. Read more: The Guardian »
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On on j on Haha no Should we have a NationalStrike to SaveOurNHS and support our healthcare workers to get an appropriate nhspayrise ? Let’s care for them like they have cared for us. This is the kinda shit that gets in the way, pay them for 10yrs of neglect and being at the front of this, not in a pub making money out of it
I think it would be better to ban ministers from using hospitals for photo shoots. I’m not sure clapping has achieved much so far - especially since fewer people do it every time someone tries to rehash the initiative. CarolineJSmith3 So upsetting. “Protect the NHS” and they are reward them with a measly £200 (min pa) pay increase. Where would the country be without them working so hard right now? I know many have had less, but seriously!? We don’t do well historically for our heroes.
1% is better than most will get. Deal with it. Oh and by the way, you can always work in private sector, where your career is always at the whim of economic forces. Or maybe... as we have a public sector debt to pay off ... all public sector workers have a 5% pay cut until the finances are at preCovid levels.
I hope this is a joke Is this a joke? how about we all refuse to stay at home instead and meet all our friends instead No Hmmmm... UK has borrowed £400 billion to pay for covid yet staff want a huge pay rise whilst millions are suffering financially and mentally? Seems a bit me, me, me. What a load of shite. Time for theRCN to call another strike.
Get stuffed More good news please((( Erm. No. slowhandclap Er...no.