The figure equates to around 9% for porters, cleaners and support workers but is only about 5% for most nurses. For those in advanced clinical roles or management, it will be just 4%.
A snap poll of 491 nurses and other NHS workers taken in the hour after the announcement found the vast majority (81%) are now in support of taking strike action in response to the offer.
With inflation soaring at 11.7% and living costs at an all-time high, the pay award is yet another real-terms pay cut for NHS workers. The average experienced frontline nurse is already around £6,000 a year worse off now than in 2010.
In stark contrast, MPs were awarded a £2,212 rise this year.
Would you vote for strike action?
Yes 95%, 4809 votes
4809 votes - 95% of all votes
No 5%, 251 vote
251 vote - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 5060
19 July 2022
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An attack on the NHS.
Grassroots group Nurses United UK have dubbed the award as an “attack upon our NHS”.
Lead Organiser for the group Anthony Johnson explained, “We’ve all seen the videos of ambulances literally queuing for days to hand over their patients. Everyone in nursing hears the daily stories of 1 nurse struggling to care for over 24 patients on dangerously understaffed wards.
“Our pay and the number of NHS staff we have is directly linked. For the past 12 years our pay has fallen by over a third and the nursing vacancy rate grew from a few thousand to the 46,000 it stands at today.
“If we don’t exercise our political and industrial strength after years of lobbying behind the scenes then nothing will change.
“I got into nursing to make a difference to my patient’s lives. And I am willing to take whatever action is necessary to keep them and my colleagues safe. Test ballots from your unions will open soon and we should all vote yes to striking”