NHS pay campaign: all eyes on the PM for June’s #2DaysFor2k

NHS workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are demanding an immediate wage increase of at least £2,000

domestic services staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital enjoy ice creams and hold 'all eyes on Boris' placards

With the Pay Review Body’s recommendation on NHS pay already likely to be on the Prime Minister’s desk at Number 10, the decision on what the announcement will be rests solely with him.

From the 23-25 June, UNISON health members, branches and regions all over the country got out and about campaigning for what was likely to be the last ‘2 days for 2k’.

Here are some of the best bits from around the UK:

Northern Ireland

With a 1% pay rise mooted earlier this year, Northern Ireland got creative to get the government to change its tune. The Pay Rise Song, by Emer Maguire, urges the PM to “be a go-getter” reminding him the NHS saved his life, and thousands more. Bravo!

Greater London

Members from London branches took the message straight to Westminster to tell the PM the eyes of 1.4 million NHS workers are on him as he makes his decision.

UNISON health members stand outside Parliament holding up signs that say 'All eyes on you Boris' and 'No place to hide on NHS pay'.

In Homerton, the local message was loud and clear: staff know they are worth more than 1%.


In Newcastle, every part of the NHS team made their voices heard.


In Cymru/Wales, UNISON handed a letter to the health minister calling for an urgent and significant pay award.


The front of house catering team at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire wore their One Team 2K t-shirts for the day. Cupcakes, fruit and hot drinks for busy staff provided a great opportunity for the branch to talk about UNISON’s pay campaign.

Catering staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire wearing their One Team 2K t-shirts

ISS-employed domestic services staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital kept a watchful eye on the PM as they enjoyed an ice cream.

domestic services staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital enjoy ice creams and hold 'all eyes on Boris' placards

North West

“We need more than 1%” said hardworking young nurses in Liverpool. Such an insult would be felt by the whole NHS team.

South East

Members rolled out the banners in Kent and lots of other sites…

…and the region held an online pay rally with shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth and UNISON’s deputy head of health Helga Pile.

South West

At Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, hundreds of hard working staff members contacted their MPs and cooled off with an ice cream.

Those more recently born in the NHS were backing the campaign too!

Yorkshire & Humberside

After everything the NHS has done over the past year and a half, staff expect the PM to have a heart. Cardiology teams in Hull and East Riding say they deserve a pay rise.

West Midlands

NHS staff have been leaning on each other since 1948. Here are two of them writing postcards to ask local MPs for their support.

NHS staff in the West Midlands lean on each other as they write postcards asking local MPs for support for an NHS pay rise

Meanwhile, those at Sandwell General Hospital showed Boris Johnson there are ’99’ reasons why he should give all staff in the NHS a pay rise!

Staff at Sandwell Hospital in the West Midlands enjoy ice creams as part of the 2days for 2k campaign