Unite calls for 15% pay rise or £3000 for NHS staff in the Covid-19 frontline

18 September 2020

NHS workers should receive an early pay rise of 15% or £3000, whichever is greater, say Unite, as they write to the government.

Unite’s national health committee voted last Thursday for this early and significant pay rise. They said it should to be brought forward to earlier than next April (2021), which is when the last three-year pay deal comes to an end.

Unite has also demanded that pay discussions between the government, the NHS and health trade unions start without delay. 

The union is writing to the government to lodge this pay claim for the NHS workforce, saying that it would be an important step in the journey to restore the pay that NHS workers have ‘lost’ in the decade of austerity since 2010.

This pay claim from Unite follows on from the joint health trade union demand in July for an early and generous pay rise – Unite joined with 13 other health unions and professional organisations in the campaign to demand that pay talks start as soon as possible.

Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health, said: ‘Unite’s national health committee has decided its claim for NHS staff – a 15% pay rise or £3000 – should be the first stage in the journey to rectify in real terms what NHS employees have “lost” since the Tories came to power in 2010.’

Colenzo highlighted that ‘hundreds of health and social care staff’…‘have lost their lives in the continuing battle against Covid-19, adding that this ‘has heightened the deep appreciation that the public has for the NHS and those who work in it.’

He also said: ‘This public esteem for NHS workers should be reflected by the government which needs to respond by opening pay discussions, following our claim and those of our sister unions, with no further procrastination or stalling tactics.’

Colenzo concluded that: ‘Many, including prime minister Boris Johnson, owe their lives to the NHS – and now is the time to acknowledge that 24/7 commitment with a decent pay rise that reflects the sentiments of a grateful and relieved country.’

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