by Tim Lezard NHS workers from the country’s leading health unions will today stage a protest outside the Treasury to demand fair NHS pay on the eve of the chancellor’s autumn statement. Wearing their uniforms, the health workers will hold up boards to …

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NHS workers from the country’s leading health unions will today stage a protest outside the Treasury to demand fair NHS pay on the eve of the chancellor’s autumn statement.

Wearing their uniforms, the health workers will hold up boards to create a ‘fair pay 4 NHS’ mosaic as they call on the chancellor, George Osborne to give all NHS staff a 1% pay increase as recommended by the independent NHS pay review body (PRB), as well as the living wage.

Unite has lambasted the health secretary Jeremy Hunt over his continued refusal to talk to NHS staff on pay.

 

Pressure is mounting on the government to get back around the table to negotiate a settlement as public support for the nation’s striking health workers soars, following two strongly supported strike actions in England and Northern Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the protest, Rachael Maskell, Unite head of heath, said: “NHS workers are bearing the brunt of the government’s public sector cuts. They have suffered five years of real terms wage cuts, losing a colossal 15 per cent in the value of their income since 2010.

“The government’s refusal to implement the NHS PRB’s recommended 1 per cent cost pay increase to all NHS staff shows utter contempt for the dedicated men and women who have kept our NHS running against extraordinary odds.

“George Osborne has pledged extra chase to the NHS, he must now do the decent thing and use a tiny fraction of this money to give NHS staff the pay increase they deserve.

“NHS workers have been left with no choice but to take strike action not once but twice for the first time in 32 years over the government’s refusal to negotiate on pay.”

The governments in Wales and Scotland have agreed their pay award with the trade unions, including paying the living wage. The government in England is refusing to enter into negotiations with health unions.


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