Raab said nurses and other front-line staff would receive ‘appropriate’ recognition when crisis ends. Seems he meant yet another pay-freeze as Tories slap heroes in face
Just over a month ago Dominic Raab – at that time stand-in
weasel Prime Minister at the daily coronavirus press briefing – squirmed out of answering the question of whether the Tories would concretely reward NHS and other front-line staff for their commitment and sacrifice with a significant pay-rise.
Raab would only say that those front-line heroes would eventually receive ‘an appropriate level of reward’:
But just what is an ‘appropriate level of reward’ in the Tory mind? Well, now we know: a 2-year pay freeze.
A leaked document has today revealed that the Conservatives plan to start clawing back the money they have made available to bridge the pandemic crisis, not by raising taxes on the wealthy or on large corporations that pay little tax now or have benefited from public funds – but by freezing public sector pay again for two years.
The leaked Treasury briefing document says that the proposed public sector pay freeze could save £6.5 billion by 2023-24.
Hundreds of NHS, transport, teaching and other front-line workers have been killed by the coronavirus after the Tories failed to provide them with adequate protective equipment and simply changed the ‘guidance’ almost daily to cover for massive shortages.
This is a national scandal, but one that should surprise no one. The Tories cheered the last time they blocked a pay-rise for nurses and they have not changed.
As always, they pay lip service and then pour contempt.
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