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NHS workers rally at Downing Street calling for 15% pay rise

20 Jul 2021
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We will fight for what we are owed - decent pay restoration, rather than claps and tokenism

Dozens of NHS workers, their supporters and MPs will head to Downing Street today [July 20, 2021] to deliver an 800,000 strong petition calling for a restorative 15% pay rise for health care workers. for health care workers.

The rally takes place as follows;

When: Tuesday, July 20 2021 at 2.30pm

Where: Old Palace Yard, SW1P 3JY. Really heads to Downing Street, SW1A for 4pm

NHS workers have suffered a decade of real terms pay cuts under the Conservatives.

After putting their lives on the line throughout the pandemic, their reward was a pay recommendation of just 1% early this year – another real terms pay cut.

NHS staff grass roots campaign group ‘NHSWorkersSayNo’, backed by GMB, will hand in the petition at Downing Street to demand pay justice for all NHS workers ahead of Parliament’s summer recess.

GMB will ballot members once the government has made the pay offer.

Holly Turner, Nurse and GMB Activist, said:

“After ten years of Conservative cuts the NHS was faced with a demoralised workforce and a massive recruitment and retention crisis.

"Then the pandemic hit us, with PPE shortages, staff deaths, long covid and mismanagement from Ministers us burnt out.

“We will be making ourselves heard today. We are demanding a restorative 15% pay rise to support us returning to a place of safety within the NHS.

“We are critically understaffed and patient care is increasingly compromised.

“Enough is enough. We will fight for what we are owed, every step of the way - decent pay restoration, rather than claps and tokenism.”

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