People's History of the NHS


What’s 4% to us?

A National Union of Public Employees poster for the nurses' 1982 pay claim.

UNISON, the public services union

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2 thoughts on “What’s 4% to us?

  1. Yes an independent pay review was established but as a nurse at that time and until my retirement in 2002 ,I know from bitter experience that successive governments, especially Tory governments ,refused to implement the pay review recommendations and just increased pay to the level they wanted to, or implemented the percentage recommended over a number of years thus devaluing the actual amount paid.

    1. I think that was a long-standing objection to Whitley Councils too – that the government interfered whenever they felt like it. NHS workers were used for many years as a way to enforce pay restraint on the public sector.

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