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Back vital strikes in the NHS

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2436

The Tories have upped the stakes in the run-up to health strikes across England on 29 January and 25 February. 

They have launched a further assault on NHS workers’ pay. 

Health workers were already furious that Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt had refused to give most of them even the meagre 1 percent pay rise recommended by a pay review body. 

Now the Tories plan to attack pay for unsocial hours—which is already a major issue for health workers. 

This was revealed in Department of Health “evidence” submitted to the pay review body. 

 One option includes abolishing unsocial hours pay rates altogether. 

This is part of Tory plans to bring in seven-day working in the NHS, while slashing the budget. 

Health workers face unsocial hours under difficult circumstances, and it’s right that they get extra pay to do it. 

Cutting pay is part of the Tories’ plans to break up the NHS and create a more “flexible” workforce with less rights. 

Labour has promised to stop the privatisation drive. But it remains committed to austerity —including NHS cuts. 

This shows that the walkouts aren’t just crucial to beating back the pay assaults, but also defending the NHS. 

That’s why everyone needs to build the walkouts, and organise solidarity for health workers. 


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Tue 13 Jan 2015, 17:47 GMT
Issue No. 2436
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