14 Union, have joined forces to demand a pay rise for 1.3 million NHS workers before Christmas. Anika Khan reports.
- Unison, RCN, GMB, Unite, and ten other Unions wrote a warning to the PM of England about the stress and fear of the NHS staff.
- The hospitals in the UK have gone under serious pressure with the second wave of Coronavirus hitting hard.
- They have reported that health caregivers are exhausted “with many still recovering from the first virus peak”.
- Recently, the UK government has announced a pay rise for public workers. However, they have excluded the NHS from this contract.
- The Unions have reported that a rise in pay rise will not only attract thousands of potential NHS recruits which they need to tackle the global pandemic but will also persuade the existing staff to not leave the service.
- Reports have revealed the death of over 600 NHS staff from Covid during the Pandemic.
- The Unions have urged Boris Johnson to make the right decision to increase the pay scale. They said, “It’s time to do more than praise their courage and dedication”.
- The chair of the NHS group of 14 Unions, Sara Gorton said, “Boris Johnson must show he has a heart with a pay rise before Christmas”.
- The acting secretary of Health Union groups said that the health caregivers have been underpaid for years and that “there has never been a more critical time for the government to address this.
The UK is currently under the second national lockdown after the second wave of Coronavirus hit last month. With harsh winter approaching, and new cases surging, the NHS urgently needs new recruitments and resources to save the country.