“We are preparing for an aggressive onslaught by the Media and Government. We were heroes during the pandemic and as soon as we try to improve our pay and conditions, we become the enemy.”NHS Workers Say No!
By the Labour Outlook Team
Nurses will be balloted over strike action this week, with the Royal College of Nurses recommending that their 300,000 members take action to fight for better pay in the midst of the crippling cost of living crisis. Striking nurses are expected to challenge the government’s 4% “pay-rise”, which amounts to a pay-cut in reals terms. Ahead of the ballot for nurses this week, NHS Workers Say No! have released a statement supporting strike action.
Read the statement in full below:
NHS staff do not reach the decision to vote to strike lightly. We are voting because we have had enough of patients receiving unsafe care in an underfunded service, which is being sold-off rapidly for profit. Like the rest of the UK, NHS staff are overdue an above inflation pay-rise.
Yet once again we are preparing for an aggressive onslaught by the Media and Government. We were heroes during the pandemic and as soon as we try to improve our pay and conditions, we become the enemy.
We know that across the country people are behind us, and we must not give in to any attempts to divide us.
Stay strong, stay angry, stay focused and stick together. All grades, all disciplines, all unions.
Solidarity to all workers taking action. Together we win.