The rank-and-file NHS workers’ campaign for a 15% pay rise — “NHS Workers Say No to Pay Inequality” — is heating up, with actions and events across the country from 26 August.
26 August will see workers’ rallies at hospitals and workplaces in places including Ipswich, Cambridge, Aintree, Birkenhead, Manchester, North Tees, Southend, Chelmsford, Basildon and Coventry, as well as across London.
Then the first half of September will see public demonstrations in places including Plymouth, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Brighton, Bournemouth, Southend, Norwich and London - mostly on Saturday 12 September, some on 5 September. Updated list of events here.
An NHS nurse key to the campaign told us: “The campaign is developing and expanding across hospitals in London and around the country. More and more workers are realising they have to take action and organise themselves, and they are doing this energetically, and with enthusiasm. The spread of protests has shown the depth of anger of so many NHS staff as they come out of the pandemic and realise the governments praise was so many empty words.”
Every labour movement activist and everyone who wants to see the NHS workers — and all workers — win against the government should get involved and help make it happen. Buy badges to wear and distribute at NHS badges. To contact the campaign, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For background on how the campaign has developed and the political issues involved, see our interview with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Unite branch secretary Mark Boothroyd.