Health union demands a pay rise for NHS staff

Scotland’s biggest health union will hold socially distanced demonstrations across the country next week.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 2:05 pm
Work takes place earlier this year on the famous Princes Street floral clock in Edinburgh, which for its theme in 2020 thanks NHS staff and keyworkers. Photo: Lisa Ferguson

The demonstations will be hosted by UNISON on Tuesday, August 18, and act as the next stage in the union’s campaign for a pay rise for NHS staff, Pay Up Now.

The trade union is calling on the Scottish Government to reopen the NHS three year pay deal, and for ministers to sit down with the trade unions to discuss a pay rise for all NHS staff.

NHS staff have faced real term pay cuts over the last decade with significant extra costs over this pandemic including extra childcare costs, extra transport costs, extra costs because they have being isolating from family, or even extra laundry costs and buying personal PPE.

Chair of UNISON Scotland health committee, Tom Waterson, said: “The public support for our heroic NHS workers throughout this pandemic has been amazing. Thursday night clapping was hugely appreciated by health workers across the UK.

“However, the reality is that NHS workers have seen their pay eroded over the past decade and some NHS staff are amongst the lower paid in Scotland. So please continue your support for NHS workers. They deserve it.”