Members of the leading health unions working in the NHS will deliver a ‘Scrooge’ Christmas card to Downing Street tomorrow (Tuesday 23 December) with a fair pay plea to the prime minister.
WHEN: Tuesday 23 December 2014 at 11:00am
WHERE: 10 Downing Street London SW1
Dressed in their NHS uniforms, six petitioners will gather at the gates of Downing Street to deliver the card showing David Cameron as Scrooge in light of the government’s refusal to give all NHS staff in England a 1 per cent pay rise this year.
Further strike action by health workers is planned for the new year on 29 January and 25 February with a significant escalation in the action short of a strike as well.
Rachael Maskell, Unite head of health said: “We’re going to Downing Street to call on the Scrooge David Cameron and his health secretary Jeremy Hunt to spare a thought for the nation’s 1.4 million health workers this Christmas.
“All NHS staff want for Christmas is the one per cent pay rise recommended by the independent pay review body. Instead they face another holiday season worrying about how to pay the bills and put food on the table.
“David Cameron’s Scrooge like refusal to give all NHS staff in England a miserly 13 pence an hour pay rise this year shows utter contempt for the nation’s 1.4 million dedicated NHS workforce.
“We say that unless Jeremy Hunt urgently establishes proper pay talks for the nation’s nurses, therapists, scientists and support staff, the threat of even more industrial action will loom large right up to the general election.”
For more information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Rachael Maskell on 07768 693933.
Note to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey