Exclusion shows government is doing minimum recommended by public sector pay boards and adding nothing to reward efforts of front-line workers in pandemic
The Tories and their media allies are trumpeting pay rises awarded to public sector workers – with Chancellor Rishi Sunak claiming he was recognising their ‘vital contribution’ during the pandemic – but nurses are excluded from the deal and will receive not a penny more than they were going to before the coronavirus crisis:
In reality, Sunak has done the minimum he could get away with – and admitted that he had done nothing more than implement what the independent pay review boards recommended:
It’s right, therefore, that we follow the recommendations of the independent pay bodies with this set of real-terms pay rises.Sunak’s admission
In other words, not a penny of extra pay as a reward or thank-you – to nurses or any other front-line workers who put their lives and family life on the line to serve us during the pandemic – just the least the Tories could get away with.
And not an extra penny of any kind to nurses on top of a derisory 2018 pay deal agreed long before anyone had even heard of COVID-19.
The Tories’ real attitude to them is one of contempt and complacency. This was already demonstrated by their failure to even properly count nurse deaths from the virus and their despicable treatment of student nurses who served on the front line during the coronavirus crisis – then were dropped like hot potatoes as soon as the government thought it could get by without them, leaving some unable to qualify, while those in earlier phases of study are excluded from a bursary plan.
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