All Together for the NHS - Campaign Day 1st September
All Together for the NHS is a joint campaign co-ordinated by the TUC (which BOSTU is a member of), bringing together unions from across the health sector.
Why are we campaigning? At our meeting last week, unions involved in All Together for NHS agreed to jointly promote a campaign calling for more investment in a quality workforce for the NHS.
The All Together for the NHS campaign believes that the public deserves a quality NHS with staff that are well motivated and properly rewarded for the vital work they do, with a health service that has enough staff to ensure patients are safe and with a workforce that is properly trained and equipped to deliver quality healthcare in the 21st century.
The government is seriously under-funding the NHS at a time when demand is rising. Recent figures from the Kings Fund show that spending on the NHS will fall from 8 per cent of GDP in 2009 to 6 per cent by 2020. This is an unprecedented reduction in resources.
NHS workers are being asked to bear the brunt. Five years of pay restraint has hit our members’ hard, leaving morale at rock bottom. Not only that but we share concerns highlighted by Monitor and NHS Employers that the government’s pay policy is not sustainable at a time when the economy is picking up. Staff will vote with their feet or lose the good will to continue providing the many extra hours of free staff time on which the NHS depends.
We want ministers to properly fund the NHS to ensure that our health service workforce is rewarded for its dedication, hard work and excellence and that the NHS is able to recruit and train the brightest and best workforce that our patients deserve.
Monday 1st September – Campaign Day
As part of the campaign, we are encouraging members to take part in a day of social media and campaign activity on Monday 1st September. The aim of this day is to keep a focus on the issue of funding and pay in the NHS and to highlight our on-going campaign for fair pay for NHS workers.
Activity on the Day We are asking members to take photos of themselves and their colleagues, at work, using our ‘NHS workers deserve a pay rise’ prop and then put them up on Twitter on email them directly to us.
Simply print out the prop, which you can find here: http://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/industrial-issues/public-sector/all-together-nhs/nhs-workers-deserve-pay-rise
Write a simple message about what fair pay means for you and why you need a pay rise.
Then take a ‘selfie’ or group photo and post it up on Twitter, with the hashtag #NHSPay
Alternatively, you can email it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org