UNISON members across the region have been calling for fair pay in the NHS. Events have been held to highlight the unfairness of the Government’s treatment of NHS staff and the need for a decent pay rise for health workers, who are 10% worse off than they were in 2010.
In Liverpool, NHS staff gathered outside a national conference for senior health bosses. UNISON arranged a meeting nearby to give leading politicians a chance to meet with health workers to discuss pay, but only Labour’s Andy Burnham took up the invitation. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt was notable by his absence, preferring to meet with companies seeking to make profits out of the NHS rather than with the staff who keep it running.
Andy Burnham’s speech was well-received as he stated his commitment to national pay bargaining and described the Government’s refusal to pay even a 1% increase to all NHS staff as “a calculated insult”. He also re-stated his commitment to repeal the Health and Social Care Act and his prefernce for direct NHS provision of health care services. UNISON members raised their concerns about underfunding in the NHS and surviving on low pay.