Health workers took part in protests today to highlight the attacks by the Government on their pay and on NHS funding.
The staff are members of UNISON, the largest trade union in the NHS, and they were showing their opposition to the Government’s latest assault on the health service.
The Government has already reduced real-terms pay levels for health workers by 8-12% through years of pay freezes and caps. Now they have decided to refuse to pay NHS staff even the 1% increase recommended by the Pay Review Body. George Osborne re-stated his intention to push ahead with attacks on public sector pay in his Budget today.
Paul Foley, UNISON North West Head of Health said:
“The NHS is being starved of proper funding. Last year the Treasury clawed back £2.1bn and another £1.5bn was squandered on an unnecessary and damaging re-organisation. With rising demand, the result is that staff workloads have increased and the NHS is creaking under the strain.”
“For hard-working staff to be refused a cost of living pay rise by the Government is wholly unfair. Our members are very unhappy about this spiteful act by the Government.”
“NHS workers feel unfairly victimised by this Government and are worried about the future of the services they provide. Today is just the beginning of a campaign for fair treatment of health workers and fair funding for the NHS.”
Lancashire Evening Post article on protest in Preston: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/health-workers-protest-over-pay-1-6509012