14 health unions have urged the Prime Minister to award NHS staff with an early pay rise ahead of Christmas this year to ensure that health workers “feel valued by the entire country, and the government too”.
In a letter sent last week, 14 health unions including UNISON, Unite and GMB have warned that health workers are “stressed, burned out and fearful” and that asking them to carry on in the pandemic regardless is “increasingly unrealistic”.
NHS employees are due a pay rise in April 2021 but the group of organisations has argued that an early pay bump is the “right decision to take” in light of the extreme conditions they have faced working in the coronavirus crisis.
Commenting on the challenges NHS staff have faced in recent months, head of health at UNISON Sara Gorton said: “The NHS can’t run without its staff. They all deserve better from porters to nurses.
“Their dedication during the pandemic has been humbling. But no one is superhuman and many are feeling the strain. Boris Johnson must show he has a heart with a pay rise before Christmas.