Updated: Mar 7
There are many people that are absolutely fine with the 1% pay increase for NHS workers.
They would point towards the fact that they’ve been working just as a hard and they haven’t received any pay rise at all.
There are many that have lost their jobs or lost their businesses.
None of the other public sector workers have been given a raise.
Given the state of public finances now is not the time to talk about any pay rises at all, and they should be grateful for the 1%.
There are many that would say that saving people is simply part of their job.
The Value of Money
As always the nuances of any discussion are far more complicated than what is in front of us.
Subjects such as the buying power of money; house prices; inflation; food prices, and so on, are inextricably linked to the subject of pay. After all, money is simply a form of exchange.
It is easy to get distracted by the amount of pay versus what that amount can buy.
Really what we are talking about is whether someone who looks after us for a living should, in principle, live in a nice house; can afford nice holidays; wear nice clothes; drive nice cars and buy nice food. It should be noted that (at a guess) most NHS workers choose to be part of the health service as a vocation rather than to afford all of the above.
However, that doesn’t mean to say the question as to whether they shouldn’t be the recipients of an outstanding remuneration package shouldn’t be raised.
To my understanding a worker in the health service does not currently receive a fair remuneration package and cannot afford too much nice of anything.
How we value our health workers is a direct reflection on how we value ourselves
It’s about as a society how we value our health workers, but this value is a direct reflection on how we value ourselves.
If we value ourselves highly then we would naturally put a high value on the people that help us and pay whatever it takes to ensure we are well looked after.
But this decision of course has not been ours to make, it has been the government’s. And these people have tacitly valued us as quite worthless.
The months it takes to get an appointment; the waiting times in A&E; the understaffing and stress caused to the nurses and doctors and the low pay, provide ample material for us to understand this.
As an example, and I am not critical of the care Prince Philip is currently receiving because I believe all people should receive the same level of outstanding care, however, his Royal Highness’s treatment makes it plainly obvious just how much and little value is placed on him and us.
The 1% pay rise is an insult to not just the nurses who have put themselves in harm’s way over a brutal year, but to all of us. That 1% represents the value of our lives, and it seems to me that our lives are worth very little.
Turning to Basic Management skills
When an employee does well they are normally rewarded because that’s what keeps people going among the many other motivational factors.
The 1% is a symbol; a message; and a personal attack to demoralise a workforce. It is crying out to the person “we don’t want you!”
People normally leave organisations when they are badly treated. Most competent and ambitious organisations do not want a person to leave and seek to put things in place to help them fulfil their potential.
On the other hand if you want to destroy an organisation then start with its people, and hit them as directly as possible – their livelihoods. After billions spent on apps, millions wasted on junk PPE with close pals and pay rises to old friends, to state there is no more money is as hard to believe as all the lies we have been fed by the government over the last year. This comes after Johnson and Hancock have provided a shocking level of protection to the very people they are denying the increase to.
If the Board of Adventure Island managed the NHS like Johnson and Hancock we would be in jail
There have been hundreds of NHS deaths directly attributed to COVID.
Many seem to think it was unavoidable, but I can tell you as a Director of a Company whose business it is to keep people safe, this is absolutely not the case.
The board at Adventure Island have a target of zero deaths.