Everyone working in the NHS deserves a pay rise. UNISON’s campaign isn’t over, and the government’s 1% offer isn’t a done deal. UNISON believes a £2,000 pay rise for every member of NHS staff is a fair and reasonable increase.
The next ‘Two days for £2K’ campaign days in the South East take place on 23 – 25 June 2021 and there’s still time to get involved.
What’s the issue?
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, NHS staff have put themselves at risk to protect our family and friends and deserve a real pay rise. The public overwhelmingly agree that NHS staff should be paid more — 85% support a rise. But the government have said that they plan to offer a miserly 1%.
Supporting a £2000 pay rise is the least the government can do for NHS staff. It isn’t complicated, and it could be implemented across the NHS quickly.
UNISON and other health unions have submitted evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body. Read UNISON’s pay claim here. 1st April 2021 was the day that the NHS were due a pay rise. But government delays mean that they have been kept waiting. We’ll be keeping track of every day that passes with our NHS pay monitor.
What it would mean for NHS staff
A £2,000 increase to every pay point would mean:
- A pay rise of over £1 per hour for all staff
- A fair and equitable rise, reflecting the contribution of all staff through 2020
- A minimum of £10.23 per hour – taking the NHS pay floor above the Real Living Wage
- A Band 5 starting salary of nearly £27,000
- For Bands 1 – 6 a rise of at least double RPI inflation.
How you can get involved
We know we have strong public support. If we work together, in UNISON branches and workplaces across the UK we can get the government to deliver on NHS pay.
Get involved with our next Two Days for 2K campaign. The next dates are 23 – 25 June 2021.
The UNISON South East Region will be holding an online pay rally on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 7pm, everyone is invited to join!
Guest speakers will include the Shadow Health Secretary, Labour MP Jon Ashworth and Helga Pile UNISON National officer. There will also be a talk from UNISON South East campaigners regarding our regional events, and a question and answer session.
There are events taking place at hospital sites across the region.
Email your MP and contact your local paper
Contacting your MP is an effective way to put pressure on the government to improve their offer. Use our online tool to email your MP, it will only take two minutes of your time.
You could also write to your local paper which is another powerful way to grab MP’s attention. Read some tips on writing to your local newspaper here.
We know we have strong public support. If we work together, in UNISON branches and workplaces across the UK, we can get the government to deliver on NHS pay. This is not a done deal.
We need to hear from you!
Tell us what you think about the 1% pay offer. You can download a speech bubble and use it in a selfie, which we can use for our regional campaigning on social media. Or, you could send us a video, telling us why 1% just isn’t acceptable.
You can send your photos to email@example.com
If you can’t take a photo or video, then you can still tell us what you think. We’re looking for people who might be willing to speak to the media, to try and influence the government to change their mind.