Health and Care workers must not be left on their own in seeking fair pay
As we have ‘one final clap for our carers’ we must now pressure government to deliver a decent pay rise for NHS and social care staff
As people across Scotland and the UK celebrate 72 years of the NHS and again applaud health and care workers for a final time, the STUC has called for a £2 per hour pay rise for NHS staff and other key workers.
The STUC said that the current sympathy and support for workers suffering financial and emotional costs during the Covid-19 crisis were part of a bigger picture of falling relative pay levels and undervaluation of caring roles.
• Real terms average pay in the NHS remains around £2000 per year below 2010 rates
• Hospital porters continue to earn less than £10 per hour
• The lowest NHS pay band for a nurse is under £20,000
• Average real terms nurses pay is over £2000 lower than in 2009
• NHS staff received the lowest pay increases among public service workers in the last Scottish public sector pay round
• Majority of social care workers still receiving less than £10 per hour
• Eight out of 10 people believe that all NHS staff and carers should receive a pay rise.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“We have all been putting our hands together in appreciation of health and care staff. Now it’s time as a country to put our hands in our pockets. Eight out of 10 people believe that all NHS staff and carers should receive a pay rise. Its not the Government’s money, its ours, and its time they listened.
“Following a decade of austerity, the wage gap between key workers and non-key workers across the UK has grown from 5% in 2010 to 9%, this has to stop now.
“Paying an extra £2 per hours to every NHS and Social Care Worker would cost the UK Government less than half of the £10 billion it gave away to higher earners in tax breaks last year.”
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