NHS workers' day of action 8 August

Submitted by martin on 30 July, 2020 - 11:21 Author: Martin Thomas
29 July protest

Over thousand nurses, other health workers, and supporters joined a protest on 29 July which marched from St Thomas's Hospital to rally outside Downing Street.

Speakers highlighted support for Black Lives Matter, and the demonstration "took the knee" to mark that support. The main theme was the demand for a pay rise for NHS workers.

The protest was organised by the Unite branch at Guy's and St Thomas's, with Nurses United UK and Keep our NHS public, but drew contingents from other hospitals too.

St Thomas's nurse and Unite activist Dave Carr drew loud applause from the rally when he called on the unions in the NHS - Unison and RCN as well as Unite - to plan for strikes (with emergency cover) to win a pay rise.

Keep our NHS Public and others are organising a national day of action on 8 August, with on-the-streets demonstrations in many cities plus an online rally.

The 8 August action calls for "a 15% pay increase paid from 1 December 2020, in order to start recovering a decade of lost wages". There are demonstrations in all major cities, and many smaller places: click here for details, updated daily.

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