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Union’s paella protest over low pay in NHS

Representatives from Unison have staged a protest outside West Suffolk Hospital over low pay among NHS staff ANL-140506-144305001

Representatives from Unison have staged a protest outside West Suffolk Hospital over low pay among NHS staff ANL-140506-144305001

Unison representatives have staged a tasty protest outside West Suffolk Hospital to highlight low pay among NHS staff.

The group cooked two paellas - one large, one small - to represent the pay increase of MPs compared to that of those who work for the health service.

Suffolk Branch Secretary Graham Kendal said: “The main reason we are here is to protest against the fact the government have given just a one per cent pay raise for NHS staff - and 60 per cent of workers won’t even get that.

“MPs are getting an 11 per cent pay increase and yet they say we are all in this together.

“Staff feel totally undervalued.”

Graham said the pay increase was not going to contribute to staff’s hourly rate, overtime or pension and would only affect people in a certain pay grade.

Yvonne Cleary, Regional Organiser for Unison said: “Since this government has come to power NHS pay has been cut by 12 per cent in real terms.

“I think it shows the contempt for the NHS and the people that deliver the service.

“It is outrageous.”

 

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