MEMBERS of staff at the DGH staged a protest yesterday demanding better pay.

They gathered in the hospital grounds by the Rodmill roundabout.

Here is Jonathan Lee, Branch Secretary. UNISON Hastings & Eastbourne Healthcare Branch:

“You are no doubt aware that the government has recommended to the pay review body that NHS staff in England should receive a paltry 1% pay rise.

Everyone working in the NHS deserves a decent pay rise.

That is why we are asking the government to give all staff a pay rise of at least £2,000.

The clapping has stopped, so now is the time for NHS staff to be properly rewarded for their work over the past year.

With the news that NHS workers in Scotland will be offered a pay rise of at least 4% (with 5.4% for the lowest paid staff) plus the already paid, one off £500 bonus, it shows everyone just how out of step the government is, in the way they are treating health workers in England.

Following the slow hand clap to the government on 11th March, UNISON have called for a day of action on Thursday 1st April 2021.

This would have been the date when an NHS pay rise should have come in.

The branch has considered very carefully on how we could keep up the pressure in a Covid safe way.

We therefore arranged a socially distanced show of solidarity with NHS staff with a lunchtime demonstration at the roundabout at the entrance to the Eastbourne District General Hospital from 12 noon until 1.30pm on Thursday 1st April.

Safety is paramount and we have carried out a risk assessment to ensure everything is safe. T

herefore numbers need to be limited.

Staff working on the day were invited to join us for 5-10 mins during their lunch-break.”