The pitiful submission by the Tories of a 1% increase for all NHS staff to the Pay Review Board is a huge kick in the teeth to all those frontline workers. The government’s hypocritical excuse for the award is that they cannot afford it. This jaw dropping assertion has left even media commentators agog at the Tories’ complete underestimation of the mood in the workplace and the wider public. As soon as the information was made public on March 6th, nurses’ social media posts began to hum with fury and rage, as well as understandable despair. Sunak had just delivered a budget which had committed to spend another £65bn in the next 4 months and then claimed there was no money left!
By Mary Cahillane, INTO Executive (personal capacity) On November 30th, the NASUWT – the largest teaching union in Northern Ireland – is taking strike action in over 100 schools in Belfast and Newtownabbey, with more strikes planned in other areas in December and in the New Year. They are striking […]
For the first time ever, civil servants in Northern Ireland have had their pay imposed without consultation or discussion. Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton took the unprecedented move without any recourse to the trade union, NIPSA, and completely ignoring the agreed negotiating structures. Not even Thatcher or any direct rule Minister […]
End poverty, inequality and capitalism “Britain needs a pay rise” is the demand of the TUC’s demonstration on 18 October. The first question to ask is “Which Britain?” The bosses don’t need a penny more – they are gorging themselves, accumulating greater and greater piles of wealth through the sweated […]