‘NHS Staff Council’ vote is not news and not really ‘most members’ – old news about existing votes by right-wing unions is being rehashed as new for propaganda purposes
The UK media have begun, in concert, to report – as if it is news – that ‘the majority of NHS unions’ have just voted to accept the government’s ‘pay deal’ – which in reality condemns NHS workers to yet more real-terms pay cuts.
But this is not really news. The ‘NHS staff council’, which consists of union and employer representatives, has held a vote – but the votes by members of Unison and the GMB, recommended to them by their right-wing leaders under pressure from Keir Starmer and the TUC, took place weeks ago and the votes of their reps on the council, along with those of two ‘Royal Colleges’, made the ‘council’ outcome a foregone conclusion.
Behind the new misleading headlines, junior doctors, the Royal College of Nurses and Unite members continue to fight for a pay deal that isn’t an insult to the hard work and sacrifice of NHS workers, but the latest propaganda appears to be a ploy by the government and their accomplices in the media and the NHS to fool the public into thinking the government’s pay deal is a decent one accepted by all but a few hold-outs, and to sap the morale of workers.
But the implication that the derisory deal is only rejected by a few is false – and the NHS workers are joined by huge numbers of teachers, lecturers, civil servants, rail and other workers in the struggle, while firefighters have achieved a deal far better than what is on offer to NHS workers, but continue to fight for fair pay after years of real-terms cuts.
The alleged betrayal by the Labour leadership and the TUC and the recommendations of right-wing union managers are a disgrace – one that is now being exploited in a further ‘divide and conquer’ ruse to try to browbeat and dishearten workers into giving up the fight. Shame on them and the weasel Establishment they are helping.
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