In these unprecedented times we are all currently experiencing, it is important to be thankful and understand the importance of the people who are helping this country survive – The National health service. Currently, these key workers are risking their lives to help save yours, and putting themselves on the front line at a time where I’m sure they would rather be tucked away at home -safe and away from the current danger which is presently burdening our country.
Times like these have finally helped the population understand who the key workers are, and who helps the country keep going on a daily basis. Teachers, carers, supermarket employees, dustbin men, public safety workers, postal workers and the nurses and doctors on the front line of the NHS. The list could go on. It’s not the millionaire bankers or a billionaire football chairman that keep this country ticking over – it’s us. The hardworking people who go to work day in day out, and have for years felt underappreciated – until now. However, this rapid rise of appreciation is 3 years too late.
Back in 2017, Conservative and DUP MPs voted against an attempt by labour to “reverse the long-standing freeze on public sector pay” (Mann, 2017). This vote ended in a majority of 14 -with 323 to 309 voting against Labours proposal. At the time of the result, the Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell was quoted calling this an “utter disgrace” – and quite frankly he had every right to make that statement. Back then, this vote demonstrated a lack of appreciation for the workers who are key to this country, which is exactly why this is relevant today. The very same people who voted for the conservative government in the latest general election are clapping for the NHS. This is the very same government who denied these key workers the pay rise which they deserved. This isn’t a post requesting conservative members to stop clapping for the NHS, but more for them to realise exactly what they voted for – and to some degree how this can cause a look of dissimulation. We just hope now, this appreciation can continue for years to come, and in future the key workers of this country will get they pay rise in which they deserve.
You can view the full list of MPs who voted against this proposal by visiting this link:
Mann, T., 2017. Full List Of Mps Who Voted For Cap On Public Sector Workers' Pay | Metro News. [online] Metro.co.uk. Available at: <https://metro.co.uk/2017/06/29/full-list-of-mps-who-voted-for-cap-on-public-sector-workers-pay-6744086/>