Dismissing the government’s 3.5 per cent proposal or NHS pay announced today (Tuesday) as a 'sick joke', Unite said this will accelerate a Spring of strikes across the health service.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said “This has to be some sort of sick joke. On the day when figures show that the country can well afford to meet NHS workers’ pay expectations, the government is trying to force another year of wage cuts onto the NHS.

“This will only accelerate a Spring of NHS strikes. This government either does not care about our NHS, its staff and patients, or has a more sinister future in mind for the service.” 


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.