Updated: May 13, 2020
Nurses have gathered at Downing Street to call for a pay rise, a safe working environment, concrete steps to end discrimination in the workplace and an inquiry into the Governments handling of the COVID19. Mark Boothroyd an A&E nurse who organised the protest said: ‘Nurses across the NHS are still affected by short staffing, student debt and racial discrimination, all issues which have made tackling the COVID-19 pandemic harder. We need urgent action on all these issues, alongside a fair pay rise that the public supports.’ Boothroyd was referring to a poll conducted by YouGov shows that 77% of people support a 10% pay increase for Nurses with only 7% opposing it.
Nurses have not seen a pay rise in line with inflation for ten years.
This means a real terms cut of 20% to average nurses salaries between 2010 and 2020. Nurses United believe that 10% is a reasonable pay rise considering these losses and because successive pay cuts have contributed to 40,000+ vacancies in the NHS. A nurse and Nurses United member Saharia Musa said: ‘Today on International Nurses Day, as we remember those nurses that lost their lives during this pandemic we shall move forward in their honour, in making things better for nurses, especially nurses of colour.’ There comes a time when applause is simply not enough.
To find out more watch the video released by Build Back Britain and Nurses United A video with their demands can be found on https://www.nursesunited.org.uk • Nurses United UK are on Facebook and Twitter you can find more information at https://www.nursesunited.org.uk • Build Back Better is a campaign group launched to call for ‘new deal’ and economic recovery that provides for everyone’s needs, while gearing up the economy to be resilient and able to tackle climate change. More information at www.buildbackbetteruk.org • Follow Build Back Better on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) (Photo Credit: www.samir.co)