| 3.4°C Belfast

In Pictures: NHS workers take to streets in pay protest

Nurses were excluded from the wage increase for around 900,000 public sector workers announced in July.

Close

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Protests have been held across the country by campaigners demanding better wages for NHS staff who have been “let down” by their pay deal.

Nurses were excluded from the wage increase for around 900,000 public sector workers announced in July because they are in the final year of a three-year agreement.

And the pay increase does not apply to junior doctors after they agreed a four-year deal last year.

GMB union national officer Rachel Harrison said ahead of the demonstrations: “Loyal and dedicated NHS workers have been let down in the three-year NHS pay deal – which GMB union opposed. Their pay, terms and conditions have been driven down for years.”

Close

The main London rally began with a silence for NHS workers who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The main London rally began with a silence for NHS workers who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

The main London rally began with a silence for NHS workers who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

NHS staff and supporters march along Regent Street (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

NHS staff and supporters march along Regent Street (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

NHS staff and supporters march along Regent Street (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

Protesters made their feelings clear to Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Protesters made their feelings clear to Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

Protesters made their feelings clear to Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

Campaigners are calling for a 15% pay rise for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Campaigners are calling for a 15% pay rise for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

Campaigners are calling for a 15% pay rise for NHS workers and an increase in NHS funding (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

Protesters outside BBC Broadcasting House in central London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Protesters outside BBC Broadcasting House in central London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

Protesters outside BBC Broadcasting House in central London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

Protesters took aim at Government ministers (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Protesters took aim at Government ministers (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

Protesters took aim at Government ministers (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

A dramatic protest outside BBC Broadcasting House (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A dramatic protest outside BBC Broadcasting House (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

PA

A dramatic protest outside BBC Broadcasting House (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Close

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

PA

Protesters take part in a march in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Close

Demonstrators at a rally in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Demonstrators at a rally in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

PA

Demonstrators at a rally in Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Close

A protest was also held in Bristol city centre (Ben Birchall/PA)

A protest was also held in Bristol city centre (Ben Birchall/PA)

PA

A protest was also held in Bristol city centre (Ben Birchall/PA)

Close

Unions said health workers had been ‘let down’ by the Government’s pay deal (Ben Birchall/PA)

Unions said health workers had been ‘let down’ by the Government’s pay deal (Ben Birchall/PA)

PA

Unions said health workers had been ‘let down’ by the Government’s pay deal (Ben Birchall/PA)

Close

Demonstrators danced in the streets in Bristol (Ben Birchall/PA)

Demonstrators danced in the streets in Bristol (Ben Birchall/PA)

PA

Demonstrators danced in the streets in Bristol (Ben Birchall/PA)

Close

Many protesters made it clear applause for NHS workers won’t help them pay their bills (Ben Birchall/PA)

Many protesters made it clear applause for NHS workers won’t help them pay their bills (Ben Birchall/PA)

PA

Many protesters made it clear applause for NHS workers won’t help them pay their bills (Ben Birchall/PA)

PA