Nurses in the United Kingdom went on strike for the first time today, after walkouts by railway and Royal Mail workers in recent weeks.
Many in the music and entertainment industries are showing their support for thousands of UK employees who are on strike today (December 15).
Members of The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will go on strike for the first time in the organization’s 106-year existence on Thursday, demanding higher wages. On December 20, a second strike is scheduled.
It comes after a year of persistent strikes on the UK railway network, while Royal Mail employees have just gone on strike over the normally busy Christmas season.
With today’s strikes being the most high-profile in the UK in years, many celebrities have gone to social media to express their support for the striking employees.
The underlying message of these strikes is that after 12 years, this government cannot afford to pay its’ workers properly so that they can afford to heat their homes and eat,” Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd tweeted. Everything else is simply noise in the background. We require a competent government capable of paying genuine living wages.”
“Seeing that this tweet is gaining popularity, let me add this: The thought that ANY public sector worker should be paid so little that we have to top up their income with Universal Credit is so badly managed that anybody in charge of such a scenario is a laughing stock,” he later added.