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NHS workers who fought on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic take part in mass protests


Frontline NHS workers, many of whom helped fight the coronavirus pandemic, have protested to demand better wages.

Central London activists, many of whom were wearing scrubs or other NHS uniforms, held banners reading, "Stop clapping, start paying," "priceless yet destitute," and "640 workers," alongside pictures of Prime Minister Boris Johnson dead in health care, blood on hands ”.

Protesters began a march to Trafalgar Square after a two-minute silence in honor of 640 health care workers who died during the pandemic.

The protest comes after nurses were excluded from the wage increase announced in July for around 900,000 public sector workers because they are in the final year of a three-year contract.

Frontline NHS workers, many of whom helped fight the coronavirus pandemic, protest in London today calling for better wages. Protesters hold pictures of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove during the demonstration

Dancers lead a march in Bristol today during an NHS workers protest against pay increases as NHS workers protest across the country

Dancers lead a march in Bristol today during an NHS workers protest against pay increases as NHS workers protest across the country

The protest comes after nurses were excluded from the wage increase announced in July for some 900,000 public sector workers because they are in the final year of a three-year contract

The protest comes after nurses were excluded from the wage increase announced in July for some 900,000 public sector workers because they are in the final year of a three-year contract

A protester at the Brighton march today holds a sign that read "I risked my life to get the gossip once a week"

A protester at the Brighton march today holds a sign that read "I risked my life to get the gossip once a week"

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton as rallies form nationwide calling for a 15% wage increase for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton as rallies form nationwide calling for a 15% wage increase for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding

In July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced pay increases for 900,000 public sector employees. Doctors and dentists saw their “frontline efforts” increase their salaries by 2.8 percent – more than three times the rate of inflation.

The largest increase of 3.1 percent was reserved for teachers, even though they haven't taught full class for months.

Nurses didn't see any additional surge at this point, however, as they had signed a three-year wage contract last year that gave many professionals a 4.4 percent raise.

Alia Butt, 33, an Essex NHS psychotherapist and chairwoman of Nurses Staff Voices, said, “We've just had enough.

& # 39; The money is there. They just don't make it available to NHS staff. It turns out that the only way to ensure the NHS can continue to function is through the sheer force of the organization. & # 39;

She added, “The government clearly has no idea what it is doing and that is very scary.

Nurses saved the prime minister's life. What else do we have to do to get paid properly? It's bizarre. & # 39;

Jordan Rivera, 43, an occupational therapist in Hackney, east London, said NHS staff were emotionally and physically tired, many lived from paycheck to paycheck and the situation in which they were left was "outrageous".

People march through downtown Bristol with posters as marches and rallies form across the country calling for a 15% pay increase for NHS staff and an increase in NHS funding

People march through downtown Bristol with posters as marches and rallies form across the country calling for a 15% pay increase for NHS staff and an increase in NHS funding

To cheer, demonstrators began to chant: "Boris Johnson hears us screaming, pays us properly or gets out" as they marched through the streets of London

To cheer, demonstrators began to chant, "Boris Johnson hears us screaming, pays us properly or gets out" as they marched through the streets of London

She said: “Working so hard when you're already exhausted from fighting the pandemic is an outrage.

"How can we be expected to make it through a second wave when we are physically and emotionally exhausted and worry about paying our bills on top of that?"

Protests also took place in Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton and Bournemouth calling for a 15% increase in wages for NHS workers.

Tania, a nursing sister who refused to give her last name, said: “They (the government) rely on our good natures and moral compass to keep the NHS going, even though they treat us really badly.

"We've had enough now and say, pay us right or we'll take action."

Dancers lead the march as they march through Bristol city center as marches and rallies form across the country calling for a 15% wage increase for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding today

Dancers lead the march as they march through Bristol city center as marches and rallies form across the country calling for a 15% wage increase for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding today

Protests also took place in Bristol (pictured), Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton and Bournemouth, calling for a 15% increase in wages for NHS employees

Protests also took place in Bristol (pictured), Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton and Bournemouth, calling for a 15% increase in wages for NHS employees

Nurses have been excluded from the wage increase announced in July for around 900,000 public sector workers because they are in the final year of a three-year contract

A protester takes part in a march in Brighton

Nurses have been excluded from the wage increase announced in July for around 900,000 public sector workers because they are in the final year of a three-year contract

To cheer, demonstrators began to chant: "Boris Johnson hears us screaming, pays us properly or gets out" as they marched through the streets of London.

Former union leader Jeremy Corbyn sent his support to "all of our wonderful NHS workers" saying, "The NHS workers are absolutely brilliant but have suffered a wage freeze, underfunding and understaffing.

“But when the coronavirus crisis comes, all hours and hours work more than they were paid for – nurses do exactly the same.

"Now is the time to pay them properly and secure future jobs in the NHS."

Grassroots groups, including NHS workers, say no to public sector wage inequality, votes from NHS workers, Keep Our NHS Public Campaign, Nurses United UK and Unite Guy & # 39; s and St. Thomas Hospital Branch supported the protest.

People march through downtown Bristol with posters as marches and rallies form across the country calling for a 15% wage increase for NHS staff and an increase in NHS funding

People march through downtown Bristol with posters as marches and rallies form across the country calling for a 15% wage increase for NHS staff and an increase in NHS funding

Rachel Harrison, national officer for the GMB union, said: “Loyal and dedicated NHS workers have been disappointed under the three-year NHS wage agreement – which the GMB union opposed.

& # 39; Your pay, terms, and conditions have been going down for years.

"Many employees have worked throughout the coronavirus pandemic and now their efforts must be recognized with compensation that reflects their dedication and the real losses they have suffered during a decade of austerity."

Meanwhile, Unite said NHS employees should receive a 15% raise, or £ 3,000, whichever is greater.

The union said the claim would "restore the pay NHS workers have lost in the decade of austerity since 2010".

Meanwhile, Unite said NHS employees should receive a 15% raise or £ 3,000, whichever is greater. The union said the claim would "restore the pay NHS workers have lost in the decade of austerity since 2010".

Meanwhile, Unite said NHS employees should receive a 15% raise or £ 3,000, whichever is greater. The union said the claim would "restore the pay NHS workers have lost in the decade of austerity since 2010".

National Health Officer Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: "Hundreds of health and social care workers have lost their lives in the ongoing battle against Covid-19, which has increased the public's deep appreciation for the NHS and those who work within it.

"This public appreciation for NHS workers should be reflected in the government, who must respond by opening salary discussions that follow our claim and that of our sister unions."

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Welfare said: "We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our frontline workers, especially during the pandemic.

& # 39; NHS workers are currently benefiting from the final year of a three-year union wage agreement that allows for a year-over-year salary increase such as a 12% increase in the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse by 2021.

& # 39; The Independent NHS Pay Review Body is making recommendations to the government on salary increases for NHS workers, including nurses, and we will review their advice as we receive it as we continue to listen to our valued employees and the unions to ensure that everyone is fairly rewarded. & # 39;

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