Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1135/32552

From The Socialist newspaper, 26 May 2021

Organise for 3 July NHS pay protests

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, London, photo Judy

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, London, photo Judy   (Click to enlarge)

Mick Suter, Sheffield Save Our NHS chair

Saturday 3 July will be the first opportunity for workers to voice their opposition, on the streets, to the Tory government's shambles dealing with the pandemic - 150,000 Covid deaths, 25,000 in care homes, and the lack of protection to NHS staff with over 250,000 catching Covid. 850 NHS workers have died.

These are the rewards for NHS and other key workers from the Boris Johnson government, while their friends and cronies reap huge profits from public sector contracts through the ongoing privatisation gravy train.

'Health Campaigns Together', 'Keep Our NHS Public', 'NHS Workers Say No', and 'NHS Staff Voices' have called for nationwide protests. It is important we build for rallies and demonstrations on 3 July to show the anger and opposition.

In Yorkshire and Humberside, we are planning three regional protests in Sheffield, Hull and Leeds. Planning meetings with nurses, NHS staff, trade union councils, civil servants, education workers and health campaigners are taking place to organise these events. The four organisations that have called the protests have produced leaflets plus resolutions and letters for trade unions.

Socialist Party branches are drawing up plans of action. We need to contact the local health groups and find out what plans have been made. If there are no plans in your area, then look to form a steering committee and contact NHS, other trade unions and health campaign groups to participate in building for the protests.

The Socialist Party demands:


Build the campaign to prepare for industrial action

Roger Davey, Chair Wiltshire and Avon Unison Health Branch

Following the sacrifice and commitment from NHS staff throughout the pandemic, and if you consider that health workers are now 15% worse off in real terms than we were in 2010 - you could reasonably assume that we would be rewarded with a substantial pay rise.

However, we have been told that the limit of what the government is willing to pay us is a measly 1%. In effect, that workers will have to pay for the Covid crisis not just through our health, but also with further cuts to living standards.

After the financial crisis in 2008, we were made to pay for the crisis caused by the capitalists. This time our message has to be that that someone else has to pay - that someone being the super-rich!

In order to achieve success we need a national and local programme of action that seeks to mobilise workers everywhere. We need to be prepared to take the fight into the workplaces and onto the streets, including building for a national demonstration.

Such a campaign can give real confidence to health workers, and will apply pressure to the Unison leadership to reject any paltry offer from the government, and prepare for a successful ballot for industrial action.


Pass this motion in your local union

We give full support to the National Health Service and NHS workers. We condemn the derisory pay offer from the Tory government to NHS staff, and agree to support any campaign from NHS unions for a substantial increase in pay within the NHS. This should apply to all NHS workers, including outsourced staff who should be brought in-house to work directly for the health service on NHS pay, pensions, terms and conditions.

We also condemn the Tory government's public sector pay freeze and the employers' 'fire and rehire' strategy. We call on all relevant unions to campaign in preparation for national coordinated strike action to end the pay freeze and the attempts to lower wages and conditions.

We call on our national union to work with other unions to call a national demonstration to properly fund the NHS and end privatisation.

'Health Campaigns Together', 'Keep Our NHS Public', 'NHS Workers Say No', and NHS Staff Voices' have called for demonstrations and rallies on Saturday 3 July 2021. We agree to play a role in building for a rally and demonstration in... and calls on all shop stewards, members, delegates and affiliates to support it.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 26 May 2021:


What we think

Palestinians need a new socialist intifada


News

Our lives, our jobs, our future - Not safe in Tory hands

Fight for the right to protest

Great British Railways shake-up offers no end to profiteering

Organise to oppose Tory academisation plans

Lancaster Greens do deal with Tories

News in brief


NHS

Organise for 3 July NHS pay protests


Scottish Independence

Where now for the Scottish independence movement?


Workplace

Metroline London bus workers win huge victory

Goodlord sacks strikers - fight the penny-pinching, bullying bosses!

Thurrock refuse workers beat council and bin pay cut

RMT: Support Alan Pottage for assistant general secretary

NUJ leadership pushes through subs increase but left lands blows at conference

CWU elections: Vote for a fighting, campaigning, socialist EC member

'Fire and rehire' attempts spread - coordinated fightback needed

Cadent Gas plans 200 job losses


International

Mexico City subway train collapse - negligence, corruption and capitalism

US right to abortion under threat: Mass campaign to support the right to choose must be built


Campaigns

Stop Israeli state terror against Palestinians

Leicester protest against arms supplies to Israel

Palestine protesters donate to fund socialist material

Cladding anger builds - protest on 5 June


Readers' Opinion

Get up, stand up - don't give up the fight!

Film review: Nomadland

TV review: Three Families is excellent. But protest movement is missing

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 26 May 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleTV review: This is Going to Hurt

trianglePrivatisation and crisis in the NHS

triangleBarts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

triangleBarts NHS strike

triangleTeesside Socialist Party: NHS and social care in crisis

Pay:

triangleJust Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

triangleUniversity workers continue strike against bosses' attacks

triangleTube workers strike in defence of pay, pensions and conditions

triangleJohnson scraps Covid safety measures

Workers:

triangleFor workers' unity against war in Ukraine

triangleWorkers and students unite and fight

triangleCanada: Prime Minister Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act to end 'Freedom Convoy'

Health:

triangleTories' 'levelling up' falls well short

triangleCuts created NHS waiting list crisis

Unions:

triangleSurrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

23/2/22

Workers

The Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party

23/2/22

Birmingham

Vote Nellist for a workers' MP in Erdington

23/2/22

Unite

Unite and fight for a decent pay rise

23/2/22

NHS

Privatisation and crisis in the NHS

23/2/22

Covid

Johnson scraps Covid safety measures

23/2/22

Britain

Tories instruct teachers to wipe Britain's real history

23/2/22

Bus

Bus services under threat

16/2/22

PCS

PCS Elections 2022: Time for new union leadership

16/2/22

Britain

Britain's economic growth figures mask fragile false recovery

16/2/22

Covid

Covid: Fight for full sick pay

16/2/22

Coventry

'Labour by name - Tory by policy'

16/2/22

Taxes

Tory stealth taxes burden 'packhorse generation'

16/2/22

Labour

Left Labour MPs under pressure over Erdington

16/2/22

London

Neither Washington, London nor Moscow

16/2/22

Police

Met police boss ousted

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


May 2022

April 2022

March 2022

February 2022

January 2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999