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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 August 2020

'First you clap us then you slap us': hundreds march for NHS pay rise

Socialist Party placards at a protest of healthcare workers in London  demanding a pay rise , photo Isai

Socialist Party placards at a protest of healthcare workers in London demanding a pay rise , photo Isai   (Click to enlarge)

Isai Priya, Waltham Forest Socialist Party

Hundreds of nurses and healthcare workers marched from St Thomas' Hospital in south London to 10 Downing Street on 29 July, demanding a pay rise that's long overdue.

Homemade placards condemning the hypocrisy of the Tories were seen throughout the demo.

Socialist Party members pointed out the irony that the Tories came out every Thursday to clap for healthcare workers. Nothing could be more fake.

"First you clap us, then you slap us" and "Boris, we don't want your clap - we want our money back" were the loudest chants, repeated again and again.

NHS healthcare workers have been battling on the front line during this pandemic, putting their lives at risk, protecting the public and saving lives - 540 have died.

Many of these deaths could have been avoided if sufficient and adequate PPE had been available in good time. The Tory government's consistent failure to act during the pandemic is a well-known fact now.

These workers are not taking no for an answer and are determined to fight for their pay rise. The Socialist Party supports this fight, and says all key workers need a pay rise.

The Tories are bailing out multinational companies, banks and bosses to save the capitalist system. They are trying to make workers pay for the pandemic and economic crisis. We reject this.

To save our NHS, to fight for a pay increase, and to defend workers' rights and safety - the trade unions need to act now. We call for national union action for a 15% pay rise across the health service.


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NHS pay - £15 for all now

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In The Socialist 5 August 2020:


News

NHS pay: 15% for all now

From first wave to second? Capitalism's Covid failures

Capitalism's 'vaccine war' shows need for socialist cooperation

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system


What we think

Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation


Workplace news

Wales: GE Aviation workers march to save jobs

PCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours

'First you clap us then you slap us': hundreds march for NHS pay rise

Sick pay victory at Homerton hospital!

Unite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

Oppose BT site closures - national strike ballot needed

Workplace news in brief


No going back

What would socialist universities look like?


International

Cuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo

Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

80 years since the murder of Leon Trotsky rally


Campaigns

A-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!

Fighting to end racism and capitalism

North London: Socialist Party speaks at BLM protest

Young Socialist day of action

Doncaster: Vigil for murdered women

Engage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

Campaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism

Why I joined - Covid changed my outlook

Socialist Party meetings: Online and in-person

The Socialist summer schedule


 

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