Tory attempts to paint NHS strikes as helping Putin are ‘new low for this government,’ union say

Minister without portfolio Nadhim Zahawi leaves Downing Street, London, after a Cabinet meeting

TORY attempts to use the war in Ukraine to justify yet more real-terms pay cuts for public workers is a “new low for this government,” unions stressed today.

The charge came after Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi claimed inflation-proof wage boosts would further stoke rising prices amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing assault on Kiev.

“Unions should rethink and reflect on the damage and disruption to people’s lives and livelihoods at Christmas because that is exactly what Putin wants to see — let’s not divide, let’s come together.”

However, the Royal College of Nursing, which is due to launch its first ever national NHS strike over pay and declining patient safety on December 15, said the public “does not believe this kind of rhetoric and wants ministers to address our dispute.”

Leave a Reply