Clare Hepworth has shared this call on twitter a few hours ago. She is “Socialist Trade Unionist. Passionate about Health and Safety Guidance. Social Justice & progressive politics.” Her call was sent over by my colleague Helen and the text is listed below and is visually here. Given that Parliament is reopening tomorrow (Monday 17th April) it would be great if some of our representatives will raise this against the Government. Interesting back at the end of February, Matt Western who is the Labour MP for Warwick and Leamington asked the Prime Minister this question so he would be a very possible MP to raise this theme tomorrow. Here is his question
The Prime Minister is no stranger to paying fines. The £2.3 billion he paid last week to the EU after the UK Government allowed Chinese fraudsters to flood Europe with cheap goods is the worst waste of public money. My question is simple: if he can find £2.3 billion to pay a fine, why can he not pay NHS workers and others the pay increases they deserve?
And a few weeks earlier at the beginning of December Richard Burgon who is the Labour MP for Leeds East raised this theme here and so he could raise it again tomorrow.
It is not too late for the Government to avoid strikes. They have chosen strikes over negotiations, but they can stop this at any point. The Government need to open up the talks and they need to pay NHS workers properly. They need to give NHS workers the pay rise they deserve.
Clearly both of these MPs and many others can endorse the call from Clare on twitter today when they visit Parliament tomorrow
According to the Govt we can’t afford to pay NHS workers – whose primary purpose is to relieve suffering & save lives- Teachers who educate young minds- indeed all public sector workers – a decent wage. But we spend obscene billions on the pageant of a Coronation. Priorities ?
It will be interesting to read who speaks in Parliament in the next few days!