Nurses protest over pay at demonstrations in Scotland

Nurses from across Scotland have protested over pay at demonstrations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.

Hundreds of protesters attended the "NHS Workers say No!" event at Glasgow Green.

It was one of dozens across the country over a UK government pay rise which campaigners say excludes "a massive number of healthcare workers".

Nurses paid a silent tribute during the Glasgow event to remember colleagues lost during the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS medical and dental workers, GPs and general dental practitioners in Scotland will receive a 2.8% pay rise, backdated to 1 April.

However, nurses and junior doctors were not included because they agreed a separate three-year deal in 2018.

It came after the UK government announced almost 900,000 public sector workers will get rises of up to 3.1%

The Scottish government said nurses received a 2.95% pay increase this year and it is now working with the NHS unions to agree a timetable on next year's pay deal.

One of the event's organisers, NHS charge nurse Brenda Brown, said colleagues "can't exactly feed our families on a round of applause."

She said: "We're looking for equal pay in relation to other public sectors.

"We're a degree-only profession and our pay nowhere near reflects the skills, the knowledge, and the work we do behind the lines and the hospitals, the care homes and out in the community."

Demonstrators attending the Glasgow protest wore face masks and held two-metre lengths of blue ribbon to demonstrate social distancing.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "This year nurses in ScotlandRead More – Source

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