France’s health workers have forced the Macron government to agree a huge pay increase, after weeks of widespread and unapologetic protests – and in spite of appalling violence unleashed against them as Macron tried to force them off the streets.
Better still, most of the increase will go to lower-paid staff – apart from €450 million reserved for doctors working exclusively in the public health service.
The long and determined protest saw Macron send riot police using tear gas and batons against crowds of doctors and nurses – but the so-called ‘moderate’ president has been forced to back down:
But the health workers would not be cowed – and have now faced down a government that treated them like cattle.
When asked whether the Tory government would properly reward NHS staff for their efforts and sacrifices, then-stand-in PM Dominic Raab weaseled out of a response – but the Tories then announced yet another public-sector pay freeze:
It was a revolting slap in the face to those who have given so much to the nation’s wellbeing in spite of being ‘led by donkeys’ in Westminster.
Now that Macron has folded to the obvious rightness of the French health workers’ cause, it’s over to Johnson and co. Will they see sense without the need for mass street protests here?
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