The Workers Union has demanded the government puts its hand in its pocket for NHS and social care workers.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has lavished praise on frontline healthcare workers throughout the COVID crisis. However, despite labelling medics as “incredible”, he has yet to announce any plans to increase their pay.
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The Workers Union’s Chief Spokesman, Johnathan Morgan said: ‘The current deal for NHS workers expires next year. We’re saying that now is the time to review these arrangements. Our politicians were happy to promote the idea that clapping for the NHS was an essential gesture. But it was also a gesture that had no direct effect on the living standards of carers.
‘The people who have looked after the sick and the vulnerable during lockdown are real heroes. The least we can do is reward them for their selfless dedication.’
Meanwhile, over the last few weeks it’s emerged that the National Government of Wales are embroiled in a row with the UK government. The source of the disagreement is over a £500 bonus for care workers. Those on low-pay in receipt of the extra cash will have their in-work Universal Credit reduced.
Mr Morgan said: ‘The Welsh government did the right thing by voting to give carers in Wales something extra for their hard work and bravery. That the government is attempting to tax it is absolutely scandalous.
‘We’re asking for tax-free bonuses to be paid to all frontline care workers. We’re also saying that any attempt to dock money from Universal Credit is cruel and vindictive.
‘We call ourselves a civilised society, but taking cash from COVID heroes is disgraceful by any measure. We’ll be writing to the government and urging with them to deal with this issue. We’ve heard the fine words – now it’s time for action.’
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