Hundreds of NHS workers are asking the government not to freeze public sector wages to help pay for the coronavirus crisis
- NHS officials ask Chancellor Rishi Sunak to rule out public sector freeze
- There is a two-wage freeze on public wage increases after a leaked financial report
- The report warned of a £ 337 billion budget deficit following the outbreak of COVID-19
- Campaign group 38 Degrees is now demanding the protection of the wages of NHS workers
- Here's how you can help people affected by Covid-19
Hundreds of NHS workers who risk their lives to fight the corona virus have asked Chancellor Rishi Sunak to rule out a freeze on wages in the public sector.
It comes days after a leaked financial report said that freezing public sector wage increases could save £ 6.5 billion – including those who are at the forefront of fighting COVID-19.
The study warned of a £ 337 billion budget deficit caused by the virus outbreak that has troubled and blocked millions across the country.
Campaign group 38 Degrees, however, is stepping up the fight to spare those who risk their lives to protect the virus from paying.
NHS officials have sent letters to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to rule out freeze wages in the public sector
The group gathered 20,815 of its supporters, including 912 NHS employees, to send email to the Chancellor demanding that our key workers be protected.
The letter said: “Our nursing staff, like nurses and other NHS workers, risked their lives during this coronavirus pandemic – and tragically lost in far too many cases.
“They deserve a permanent raise for the victims they made.
"But now it has been leaked that the government could freeze their wages instead.
“It's a slap in the face for those who have given so much to all of us.
“Every week we go to our windows and doors to applaud and cheer our front workers because they are heroes to us.
"After that, they deserve a wage increase, not a wage freeze."
Thousands of key workers have turned to Sunak (right) not to freeze NHS wages
At the time of writing, 145,340 had signed the petition.
Following the letter, 38-degree activist Mike Matters told The Mirror that cuts to NHS employees would be a slap in the face and that key employees should receive a raise if they think about all the work they are doing for it have land in such unprecedented times.
Last week, Boris Johnson warned that he would not freeze NHS wages or go back to austerity measures to get Britain out of the economic black hole caused by the corona virus.
When asked whether nurses could expect a wage freeze as part of a recovery plan, the prime minister, who was treated for one week in the intensive care unit for coronavirus, said: "No way. Anyone who suggests this can sit on it, ”says the Telegraph.
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