By Rachael Grealish
During the first lockdown the country rallied together – socially distanced, of course – with the weekly doorstep clap for carers, and its due to return in a whole new way.
After the announcement of the one percent wage increase for nurses, in the budget, was deemed ‘pitiful’ by UNISON the union has proposed a sarcastic slow clap today, Thursday March 11 at 8pm.
The public service union has organised a ‘mass slow clap’ to protest the proposed pay increase.
UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The clear message is health workers – including nurses, porters and healthcare assistants – are fed up with unfair pay. The insulting wage rise proposal from the chancellor and prime minister has made this so much worse.
“It’s a major concern that job stress is making NHS staff physically and mentally ill. This has grave and lasting consequences for those affected and for the health service too.
“NHS staff have given one hundred per cent during the pandemic. But the government thinks they’re only worth 1%. It’s not good enough. This is why people should show their disapproval this evening with a slow hand clap.”
The union is urging the public to show support for NHS staff with a slow hand clap demonstrating their displeasure at government proposals for a one percent pay rise.
UNISON is calling on the government to give all NHS workers a pay rise of at least £2,000 as health workers are currently in the final year of a three-year deal.
There will be a second clap three weeks later, on April 1, to coincide with the date NHS staff are due to actually receive their pay rise.
All six of Cumbria’s MPs were contacted by The Herdwick News to give their response to clap, but none have yet replied.