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The Socialist 10 March 2021

NHS pay - 15% now

The Socialist issue 1124

NHS pay - 15% now

NHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

Police disgracefully stop NHS pay protest


Super-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The 'old normal' meant poverty for young people


Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services


Workers respond to 'back to school'


British Gas strikers reject deal and carry on fighting

Goodlord striker speaks out: 'workers have to fight for our skills to be appreciated'

Stop union busting on the buses: Reinstate Declan Clune and Moe Muhsin Manir

Sparks deskilling protests

Leicester university workers ballot for action against redundancies

Sainsbury's pay offer shows future will only be 'great pay' if we fight

PCS leadership failures lead to concession bargaining on pay

Manchester bus drivers' indefinite strikers fight on

London bus drivers continue walkout


150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth


Would a wealth tax end poverty and inequality?


Socialist women speak at inspirational International Women's Day online rally

Why I joined the Socialist Party - to fight for the future of the working class

Why I'm standing for TUSC

Build subscriptions to the Socialist

Fighting fund target achieved - keep up the momentum


Historic union battle at Alabama warehouse

10 years ago - the Fukushima nuclear disaster: "We came close to losing northern Japan"


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NHS pay - 15% now

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, Merthyr

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, Merthyr   (Click to enlarge)

Trade unions must organise for strike action

Staff are outraged. 1%, or an extra 3.50 a week for an experienced nurse, is not just a slap in the face for NHS workers, it's a pay cut compared to the cost of living.

Boris Johnson and the government promised the NHS would have all the resources it needed to fight Covid. Instead, they handed over billions to their mates for hopeless test-and-trace and PPE contracts. Staff have risked their lives with inadequate or expired PPE.

The NHS workers Boris Johnson praised for saving his life in intensive care, the ones all the Tory ministers publicly clapped, who lost colleagues and have not got over the trauma and exhaustion of fighting the second wave, are now being stabbed in the front by the government.

What the government fails to realise is that the most valuable commodity in the NHS is the people who work for it. Without them, nothing would function.

The threat of strike action by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is exactly what is needed to force a real pay rise for NHS staff. Other unions must get on board with this, and start to seriously build a campaign for coordinated strike action.

Make this the next U-turn

This arrogant government has been forced into so many U-turns, let's make NHS pay the next one!

Tories say, 'how dare NHS staff demand a pay increase when so many have lost their jobs or taken a cut in pay?' We say this despicable divide and rule must not succeed.

But the question is real. NHS staff must also build support for the campaign for a 15% pay rise by reaching out in solidarity to other workers in the public and private sector, supporting a proper pay rise for all.

MPs vote for their own payrises, and their salary of 81,932 puts them in the top 5% of earners in the country. Many of them claim more in expenses than most NHS staff could hope to earn.

The Covid pandemic has shown many things. That the sacrifice and exhaustion of keyworkers would be exploited by the government and bosses, who only think of lining their own pockets. That the people who keep society running in care, transport, food, retail, education and the NHS are badly undervalued by those that run society. And that we need fundamental change in the way society is run.

A strike by NHS staff would be about so much more than pay. It would be about people refusing to accept the 'old normal' of exploitation, privatisation and cuts, and starting to look for a real alternative. We are ready.

NHS worker in London

In this issue


NHS pay

NHS pay - 15% now

NHS workers say: We are ready to fight Tory pay insult

Police disgracefully stop NHS pay protest


News

Super-deduction will help big business pay less tax

The 'old normal' meant poverty for young people


What we think

Tories keep bailing out bosses, while piling pain on workers and public services


Schools

Workers respond to 'back to school'


Workplace news

British Gas strikers reject deal and carry on fighting

Goodlord striker speaks out: 'workers have to fight for our skills to be appreciated'

Stop union busting on the buses: Reinstate Declan Clune and Moe Muhsin Manir

Sparks deskilling protests

Leicester university workers ballot for action against redundancies

Sainsbury's pay offer shows future will only be 'great pay' if we fight

PCS leadership failures lead to concession bargaining on pay

Manchester bus drivers' indefinite strikers fight on

London bus drivers continue walkout


Rosa Luxemburg

150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth


Wealth Tax

Would a wealth tax end poverty and inequality?


Campaigns news

Socialist women speak at inspirational International Women's Day online rally

Why I joined the Socialist Party - to fight for the future of the working class

Why I'm standing for TUSC

Build subscriptions to the Socialist

Fighting fund target achieved - keep up the momentum


International news

Historic union battle at Alabama warehouse

10 years ago - the Fukushima nuclear disaster: "We came close to losing northern Japan"


Letters

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