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The NHS couldn’t function without migrants – so why are they being punished for pay rises?

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Thursday 13 July 2023 18:25 BST
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The NHS is one institution that couldn’t function without the labour of migrants
The NHS is one institution that couldn’t function without the labour of migrants (PA)

After months of refusing to negotiate with teachers and doctors over pay, Rishi Sunak’s government has offered public sector workers a 6 per cent pay increase – still well under the rate of inflation. They propose to fund this rise by significantly increasing the cost of migrant visa charges and migrants’ access to the NHS.

And to their shame, the leaders of the teaching unions are recommending acceptance of this proposal. Public sector workers must reject and demand an above-inflation wage increase funded by increased taxation on the rich.

The government wants to blame the cost of living crisis on migrants, but migrants didn’t tank the economy. Our current economic state is down to 13 years of Tory mismanagement and policies designed to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.

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