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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 May 2021

Nottingham NHS pay protest

Nottingham NHS protest 1 May 2021, photo Jon Dale

Nottingham NHS protest 1 May 2021, photo Jon Dale   (Click to enlarge)

Members of two Unison Nottinghamshire health branches and Unite, RCN and GMB health unions held a lunchtime pay protest outside the Queen's Medical Centre on 1 May.

Despite different details between the unions' pay claims, all agree there must be a substantial deal. The government's 1% and Starmer's 2.1% don't begin to reverse ten years falling living standards.

Tom Hunt, chair of Unison Nottinghamshire Health branch, told the rally that events like this can build the confidence of NHS staff to take action on pay and build support from the public. A growing campaign of national joint trade union action is needed before the Pay Review Body reports in the next few weeks.

Jon Dale, Mansfield Socialist Party

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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