BBC Question Time returned to TV screens last night following Fiona Bruce’s trip to Inverness. Ms Bruce was joined by a star-studded panel which included former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson, Scottish Conservative party leader Craig Hoy, Labor shadow social security secretary Pam Duncan-Glancy, Spectator editor Fraser Nelson and award-winning stand-up comedian. Susie McCabe.
However, after initially focusing on Scottish independence, passionate panelists and animated onlookers turned their attention to the strike, including in the NHS.
A member of the public, who revealed she worked for the NHS, even told the panel that she supported a possible strike.
She said, “I never supported the strike, especially in the health sector.
“But now that I’m at this stage of my career, I’m afraid of being underpaid.
“I don’t bring home enough money at the end of the month to pay all my bills and I’m technically a professional.
“So why is that?”
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Scottish nurses have warned they could go on strike if Nicola Sturgeon does not accept a 10% pay rise.
Colin Poolman, the director of the Royal College of Nursing, warned Prime Minister and Health Secretary Humza Yousaf: “Don’t take nurses for granted – because they can show their strength.
Mr Yousaf has since offered a record 5% pay rise to thousands of NHS workers.
However, Jaki Lambert, director for Scotland of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The government salary offer for our members is simply not good enough.
“This is far from what midwives and maternity staff deserve or need right now.
The Scottish Police Federation are set to begin their ‘most overt’ action a century later today after they were offered a ‘paltry’ pay rise offer of just £565.
A goodwill withdrawal results in officers not starting shifts early and ending shifts on time unless told to work late.
According to the BBC, they will also claim payment for each overtime period and will not take home protective gear and policy.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said he was committed to seeking a pay settlement.
He added: “We recognize the considerable goodwill officers bring to their role on a daily basis as they keep people safe across the country, and that is also appreciated by the communities they serve.”