by Tim Lezard A new opinion poll reveals overwhelming public support for today’s NHS strike. The Survation survey commissioned by Unite, the results of which were released yesterday, shows 61% of those questioned said that they believed the action was …

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A new opinion poll reveals overwhelming public support for today’s NHS strike.

The Survation survey commissioned by Unite, the results of which were released yesterday, shows 61% of those questioned said that they believed the action was justified, while 27% said they thought it was unjustified and 12% said they did not know.

Asked about unions’ campaign for an above inflation rise in pay, almost two thirds said they thought a continued below inflation 1% was unfair.

Asked specifically if they thought keeping a below inflation cap on wages for NHS staff was unfair, 65% said that it was with just 22% saying it was justified and 13% saying they did not know.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “These results are a clear sign of the scale of public support for health workers as they fight for a decent, living wage, and it illustrates just how out of touch David Cameron when it comes to the NHS and caring for its staff.

“The reality is that this industrial action could have been avoided had the government implemented the recommendations of the independent NHS pay review panel instead of dismissing them out of hand.

“It is high time that this government recognised the huge amount of work our public servants do, the dedication they show and consistently high levels of professionalism they deliver day in day out.  Stop mouthing platitudes about valuing the service and start talking about how we pay this vital workforce a decent living wage.”


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