caption of the image People We gathered in a demonstration against the NHS salary ahead of Welsh and UK government announcements
Matthew Tovey, who qualified as a nurse during the pandemic, said every healthcare worker had treated the strain of thepandemic.
"We have all had to deal with Covid in our own departments, I think every healthcare worker has had to deal with Covid, be it the cleaner, the porter, the staff nurse support workers, "he said.>
" Resources, staff and funds were already lacking but Covid only accelerated the shortages of staff, staff morale, burnout, they 'I just exacerbated it.
"We are working with a 20% salary deficit as of 2010 ... i hope the government will just restore our pay ... it's the least they can do, nurses are leaving en masse, we just want to be paid fairly. "
Mr. Tovey, of Merthyr Tydfil, said the public and politicians cheered for NHS workers every week at the start of the pandemic, but did not reward them fairly.
image caption Nurse Matthew Tovey says NHS workers deserve better
"This is pathetic , pitiful and poor, after all we went through - we saved Boris 's life but got nothing. Applause doesn't pay the bills "he said.
" There the real concerns and people leave the profession.sion, the pressure is just too great. We are qualified people with responsibility, we do the work of two or three people, we must be paid fairly.
"We would only go into industrial action because we are convinced that we have to make the change for patient safety.
"We need qualified and experienced people when people are admitted to A&E. When they go into the wards, there are a lot of young people right now, but we need people to teach them, we need these experienced nurses. "
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RCN's Ms. Whyley said 12.5% was "absolutely what we deserve ".
"We have a hand - really angry worker who doesn't think this price is enough "she said.
" I'll see what they want to do and when we get had this opportunity, we will come back with our plan.
"We have done our homework, we have looked at economic data, we have looked at data from other professions and benchmarking and we can see that over the past 10 years our members have fallen far behind other groups and their pay. "
Paul Gage, GMB Country Health Officer Wales said: "Let's face it, it's a slap in the face from Welsh NHS and social service staff.
" Everyone says our NHS staff deserve better afterwards what they have done for us over the past 18 months.
"Well, it's time to do something.
" We will be voting our members with a clear recommendation for rejection and for industry action. "
And TUC General Secretary Shavanah Taj said: 'do not recognize their dedication, commitment and contribution.
The auThe increase will be backdated to April 2021, and follows a recommendation from the NHS compensation bodies.
Announcing the pay rise, Ms Morgan said: "Many employees have worked from very long hours under tremendous pressure.
"This salary increase recognizes the dedication and commitment of hardworking NHS staff and the enormous contribution they have made. It is also a recognition of the value they are in Welsh communities. "
The Welsh Conservatives welcomed the announcement, but Plaid Cymru said there is a risk that workers feel "disappointed " - especially since Scottish workers receive 4% .