Hundreds of thousands of NHS workers will decide whether to go on strike after rejecting a pay increase that will see them worse off than last year in real terms.
The pay rise, announced in July, would mean an average 4 per cent increase for most staff but new inflation figures released today mean the average cost of living had increased by 10 per cent since the same time last year.
According to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), over two thirds of the £1,400 pay increase will go on rising energy bills, with the rest going on tax, leaving members worse off than last year in real terms.
Unite’s general secretary Sharon Graham called the pay award a “kick in the teeth” for NHS workers after carrying the country through the pandemic.
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Holly Turner, a registered nurse and founder of the grassroots organisation NHS Workers Say No, which spearheaded the #NHSPay15 campaign, calling for the NHS to pay workers a 15 per cent pay rise, says that some workers have “lost up to 29 percent of their pay in real terms across the past 13 years,” and that the pay award will “do nothing to mitigate the collapse of our health service.”
Under the pay award, NHS workers in most pay brackets will receive an annual pay increase of £1,400. This amounts to a below inflation increase of 4.1 percent on average, with 7.42 percent for workers in the lowest bands and as little as 1.3 percent for those in the highest band. UK inflation hit double digits today at 10.1 percent.