West Midlands NHS members prepare for pay protest

UNISON members across the West Midlands are preparing for a day of protest against the government’s miserly pay policies that will see most of them not even receive a 1% rise this year.

The union’s regional secretary, Ravi Subramanian, said: “This year’s NHS pay offer is miserly and divisive – it means 1% or nothing, giving different rates of pay in different parts of the UK, and only those at the top of their band get a pay rise, with nothing added to hourly rates.

“It’s a scandal that we are putting those we love the most into the care of NHS staff who are so undervalued.”

UNISON believes that the public deserves a quality NHS with staff that are well motivated and properly rewarded for the vital work that they do.

Events across the region include:

  • a protest outside the George Elliot Hospital in Nuneaton;
  • handing out chocolate coins to represent melting pay at Alexandra Hospital; and
  • stalls in many hospitals and health centres.

You can follow the day of protest on social media via @UNISONOurNHS, @unisontweets and @unisonwestmids.

If you’re using social media yourself, please use – and watch out for – the hashtags #5Jun and #NHSpay.