Governments yet again ask key frontline workers for huge national effort, but they are still not paying them properly says GMB 

GMB Union has issued a statement today encouraging members to get their booster – but says frontline workers need a pay boost too.

Many of the Union’s 600,000+ members work in frontline occupations, including social care, the National Health Service (NHS), ambulance service and local government.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said: 

“There has been no respite for our frontline workers throughout the covid pandemic.

“They’ve put themselves in harm’s way to serve the public – particularly when governments and employers failed to ensure the provision of proper PPE and testing to keep them safe at work.

“GMB members know the importance of keeping safe and well, that’s why we’re encouraging everyone across the four nations to get their booster.

“But as governments, yet again, ask our NHS, social care and key frontline workers to undertake another huge national effort, they are still not paying these workers properly.

“Against the backdrop of covid, there is a cost-of-living crisis, key services face an understaffing crisis and the people delivering them are enduring a wage crisis.

“That’s not good enough and it’s got to be confronted.

“Our key workers must be paid properly – it’s the least they deserve for everything they are doing for all of us.”

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.