UNISON members across Scotland took part in socially-distanced demonstrations today (Tuesday) as part of UNISON’s Pay Up Now campaign.
The demonstrations are the next stage in UNISON’s campaign for a pay rise for NHS staff and the union is calling on the Scottish Government to reopen the NHS three-year pay deal.
NHS staff have suffered real term pay cuts over the last decade with significant extra costs over this pandemic. Including extra childcare costs because they are working extra shifts, extra transport costs because of restricted public transport, extra costs because they have being isolating from family, or even extra laundry costs and buying personal PPE.
Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON’s health committe, said: “The demonstrations today show the strength of feeling among NHS workers.
“These are just ordinary people thrust into extraordinary events and they deserve our support. It’s time for the Scottish Government to do the right thing, to reopen pay talks and to Pay Up Now.”