by Marrium Zaidi
The wealth upon which our country prospers and keeps us sustained is largely generated on the backs of the working class, who are incredibly overworked and underappreciated. Since our incapable government can’t recognise them for it, I think someone should, hence, this article. After all, I think our country needs the opinion of people who can speak for the majority of our country rather than the wealthy, insatiable minority.
The NHS is arguably among the most deprived of public services. With long, exhausting hours over the course of night and day not equating to the wages health workers deservedly should be paid, it is obviously clear that they are being robbed of their hard earned money to which they invest their blood, sweat and tears; someone out there is getting their money’s worth, but when will health workers start getting their work’s worth? The NHS, seemingly at the brink of the despair of privatisation, still hasn’t recovered from the pandemic, with hospitals being packed and waiting times increasingly longer than ever, as staff struggle to cope with sparse resources due to “depleting” money tree that magically seems to blossom whenever the government decides to prioritise one thing or another. Someone out there then decided that the best way to help the NHS was to stand outside and clap for them (Florence Nightingale will be turning in her grave at the mere thought). Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that people appreciate the NHS and are concerned about its collapse, but the truth is that this will never be enough until we learn how to take that concern, devote time and effort to better understand the complexity of the problems and then transform that concern into meaningful action.
The education sector is another in serious need of funding and reform. Teachers educate the future generations that will one day lead this country, sacrificing countless unpaid hours for the education of others. It is not possible to describe nor quantify how underappreciated teachers are for the work they do. From making sure children’s emotional needs are met to making sure their young minds are being nurtured, they are the real role models and leaders of the UK, not the self-absorbed, selfish “leaders” of the government. Let’s not forget how they helped students during the pandemic despite being overworked and under the extreme stress of new routines themselves.
As well as these, there are many other workers in the UK, from retail to the care industry, who work hard to provide for their families to secure a wage that will help them prosper. The truth remains that without such workers, the UK would be nothing. It is clear the working class are overworked and underpaid; people don’t deserve to have the constant anxiety of if their finances are enough, or dreading their next shift or going back to work because it’s a chore now just to get you through life. The question is, what are the powers that be doing about it? Haven’t the majority suffered enough? It’s time for a change.