NHS workers across the country are continuing to organise for a 15% pay rise after 10 years of real terms pay cuts that has seen the average nurse lose £6,000 since 2010.
Throughout hospitals members of Nurses United and the campaign ‘NHS Workers say No’ campaigns have been handing out badges and asking hospital staff to take selfies under the hashtags #NHSPay15.
Thousands of NHS workers have got involved with the campaign as Nurses United begins to build structures in the workplaces capable of having discussions about pay and other issues that face Nurses.
Nurses United are calling for everyone to get involved and join them in ensuring that frontline workers voices will be heard as they prepare for another day of national action on the 12th of September.
Laura, a Student Nurse and Nurses United member from North West England said:
“We have had staffing shortages which have put us in crisis year after year. We then fought a war with an invisible virus.
Our staff feel undervalued and we cannot fill the vacancies. It’s time to give them a fair pay rise, which is what we’re campaigning for together.”
Anthony Johnson, Health Visitor and Lead Organiser for Nurses United said:
“Across the country, the enthusiasm that has been generated from trusting nurses on the frontline to be able to lead their own campaigns has been incredible. We’re showing how organising should be done in healthcare.
It’s not about having some perfect pre-planned campaign but asking people what they want and giving them the tools and skills to get it done.
That’s what has the ability to scale and what will mean we can win this campaign so everyone should get involved.