NHS workers, including heroic nurses and doctors who have worked to save lives during the pandemic, could go on strike this year amid proposed wage increases of around 3%, the TUC says
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The Tories are risking carer strikes by considering NHS pay rises of just 3% to 4%.
Hero nurses are targeting a 14% increase, 5% above current inflation, and aspiring doctors want 22% or they’ll go on strike in the winter.
If Health Secretary Sajid Javid follows the advice of the NHS Pay Review Body and mandates a 3% increase, it would mean nurses’ salaries fall by £1,600 in real terms, the TUC says.
The British Medical Association estimates doctors have suffered a 30% real pay cut since 2008.
and dr Emma Runswick said at the BMA conference: “Restoring pay is what is right, just and moral.
“But I’m not stupid, I know it’s likely that industrial action will be required. It is outrageous that our salary has been cut by 30%.
“It is outrageous that doctors today can no longer afford mortgages and are delaying starting families due to falling wages.”
The NHS has around 100,000 vacancies but the exact number is unknown as the Tories have turned down an offer for an independent assessment.
dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of BMA, said nearly half of doctors suffer from depression, anxiety or burnout.
He said: “You cannot run an NHS by exploiting a source of goodwill that has completely dried up.
“Doctors become and leave.”
UNISON’s Sara Gorton said: “Anything but inflation would be a pay cut in all but name.”
Nursing staff in Bristol, Lancashire and South Cumbria have voted to go on strike.
Simon Clarke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “We have £83 billion in debt interest to pay this year…we cannot tolerate excessive wage demands from the public sector.”
Doctors claim to have suffered a real pay cut of 30% since 2008 under threat of industrial action to obtain “recovery payments”.
Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) annual meeting in Brighton said doctors’ salaries have fallen so much since 2008 compared to the RPI.
Conference delegates tasked BMA “within the next five years to achieve a restoration of compensation to 2008 levels for its members.”
“Recovery of pay is right, just and moral, but it is a significant demand and it will not be easy to enforce,” said Dr. Emma Runswick, who presented the motion at the conference.
“Every area of BMA has to plan how this can be achieved.
“But I’m not stupid, I know that industrial action will probably be needed to move governments on this issue.”
She added: “It is outrageous that our salary has been cut by 30%.
“It is outrageous that doctors today can no longer afford mortgages and are delaying starting families due to falling wages.
“It is outrageous that our salary has been cut and it is reasonable that we are reclaiming it.”
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