The British government has introduced pay rises for public sector workers in exchange for budget cuts and the junior doctors’ union is especially unhappy with this decision
The salary raises amount to approximately 6 percent on top of existing salaries equaling between 8.1 and 10.3 percent depending on individual circumstances. However, the British Medical Association is demanding a pay raise of 35 percent to restore salaries to their 2008 levels, where they have been receiving below inflation raises since then.
In response to these demands, prime minister Rishi Sunak has made it clear that no further negotiations will be conducted, and that the government’s decision is final. This harsh stance has been met with criticism from the medical community, calling the decision “irresponsible and unreasonable” and that this pay cut would make ordinary people poorer and sicker.