NHS health workers stage pay demonstration outside Sheffield hospital

NHS workers have staged a demonstration outside a Sheffield hospital demanding fair pay.

Saturday, 17th October 2020, 11:08 am

GMB Union, which represents thousands of NHS workers across Sheffield and also across the UK, supported the workers’ protest outside Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield where staff were demaning a wage rise.

The demo, which received overwhelming support from the general public, is part of GMB’s NHSPay15 campaign and the National Protestival for NHSWorkers Say No, who stood in solidarity with Sheffield Save our NHS, nurses, doctors and NHS workers outside the cancer hospital.

Holly Johnston, GMB activist and NHS Sister, said: “I believe every person at Weston Park Hospital deserves a pay rise.

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Staff protest outside Weston Park.

“We have worked so hard under incredibly difficult conditions delivering excellent patient care.

“Our patients deserve excellent care and a well-funded NHS and paying staff fairly would directly affect patient safety.

“We have had a pay freeze for 10 years, meaning a 20% pay cut in real terms and staff on the lower pay band have been getting less than the Real Living Wage which is a disgrace."

Ben Kirkham, the GMB’s NHS Organiser, said: “Many of us clapped on our doorsteps to show support for our key workers now we are asking you to support our campaign for pay justice.

“Help promote our campaign by wearing a NHSPay15 campaign badge, displaying a window sticker, lobby your local politicians and get active in your union.

“If you are not in a union already join GMB and be part of this grassroots fast growing campaign.”