People Before Profit Cllr and Altnagelvin hospital worker Maeve O’Neill said,
“The Tories and Stormont Executive are attempting to impose a miserly 3% pay increase for health and social care workers. With inflation at nearly 4% this is an effective pay cut.
I can tell you that workers at Altnagelvin and across the health service are furious about this. It’s simply insulting especially when we see billionaires and elites cracking open champagne to celebrate the new fortunes they’ve made during the pandemic.
Our health and social care workers deserve better treatment.
People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll has called on the Stormont Health Committee to join him in rejecting this insulting offer. Thus far, however, political establishment parties have refused to do so.
Health and social care workers deserve a real raise. All trade unions are united in rejecting 3% and demanding a genuine pay uplift. We are up for the fight.
The treatment of our health heroes sends a clear message about how we are all viewed by Westminster and Stormont.
This is about respecting the efforts of frontline health workers throughout the pandemic, saving our health service and building out of the pandemic on the basis of far more equality across our society.”