Health workers warned not to protest for their rights

Updated: May 16

Protesting works, which is why they don't want you to do it.

15 May 2020.

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is so dangerous, health workers have been organising to stand up for their rights.

Some nurses in London organised a protest outside 10 Downing Street demanding a pay rise (with their PPE!). This was after a Treasury paper was leaked suggesting a public sector pay freeze for two years to pay for the economic crisis that is starting to grip the country.

In response, NHS England and managers in London issued a statement saying that the protests might 'adversely affect public confidence'.

The ones in London aren't the only protests. In the North West, in Manchester, health workers have have organised 'cavalcades' of vehicles covered in posters and waving flags and driven past hospitals during the Thursday 8 o’clock clap.

The health workers are demanding adequate PPE. Over 200 health workers have died in the last eight weeks from COVID-19. That's more than all the British soldiers who died in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. PPE distribution has been described as 'shambolic' and 'in chaos'.

One thing is clear - health workers are right to protest, they need all our support, and if anyone is victimised for defending their rights at work, we must defend them.


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