Tetrarchangel: Timothy J Swann

'The man was supposed to be brilliant, but he had the coordination of a newborn kitten.'

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So why were nurses, midwives and other health professionals striking this morning? 
We’ve had no pay rise since 2009. Inflation makes that 5 years of pay cuts. 
This year 60% were offered nothing (that was me). The rest were offered a 1% bonus that would be paid in 2014 but not 2015 onwards. Independent review said we all should get 1% as an actual rise in the rate of pay. 
More than a third of NHS staff don’t get the Living Wage either, and get further from it every year. 
So that’s all we’re after. 1% and a Living Wage for those who don’t yet have it.

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iandsharman:

So, Jeremy Hunt’s been on the news this morning because NHS staff went on strike for four hours to protest that the government won’t give them the 1% pay rise that their independent pay review body recommended. He sits there, smugly, saying how much he’d love to give them a pay rise but if he did then they’d have to sack thousands of nurses…they just wouldn’t have a choice.

Of course they have a fucking choice!

How about they cancel that big tax cut they wan’t to give to every earning over £40,000?

They’ve made a choice, they’ve chosen to give those who are better off a tax cut rather than giving NHS staff the pay rise they deserve.

Meanwhile, MPs are due to get a 9% pay rise soon.

Nah, fuck that, sorry Jeremy Hunt, we can’t give you the 9% pay rise your independent pay review body has recommended. We’d really love to, but if we give you that pay rise then we’re just going to have to sack you next year.

Thank you, Ian for this excellent comparison.

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xserpx asked: Thanks (re Misfits podcast)! It was awesome! I'm really sad to see Psycomedia going on hiatus btw, I only started listening a few months back and was enjoying it immensely :D

Well, we will be back someday and we do have plans for less labour intensive shows in the meantime.

At some point I’ll finish my podcast masterlist post for the Geek Syndicate stuff I did (Tim and Max Solve All The Problems With Popular Culture) and all my guest appearances across the web.

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