Luisa Zissman has launched an extraordinary rant castigating NHS workers who plan to strike over wages, calling them ‘irresponsible’, ‘cruel’ and ‘=’hopeful ****”.
The former Apprentice star, 35, says staff should never have entered the profession if they were concerned about wages.
She argued that they knew very well what they would gain and that they should quit and “do something else”, rather than go on strike.
Have a say: Luisa Zissman has launched an extraordinary rant against NHS workers who plan to strike over wages, calling them ‘irresponsible’, ‘cruel’ and ‘=’I jumped t* ***’
The entrepreneur added that she would never have considered working for the NHS herself because “the money is not enough” and she “doesn’t give enough”.
Speaking on her LuAnna podcast to co-host Anna Williamson, Luisa said: ‘When you’re in this industry it’s totally irresponsible to go on strike and put people’s lives at risk. Sorry, this is unacceptable.
‘You have a kid waiting for a transplant and this kid doesn’t have that heart because of a f****** jumped t****.
Opinion: The former Apprentice star, 35, says staff should never have entered the profession if they were concerned about wages
“I’m sorry, but you chose. When you entered this profession, you did not go there blind. You know what that salary is for that profession.
“Every profession has a salary, an account, a teacher… So don’t get into that.”
She continued, “Don’t go in there wanting to continue on that salary and then say ‘actually I don’t want to do it anymore because of the salary’.
“If you’re not happy with the pay this job offers, do some fucking different job than shiftwork.”
Angry: She argued they knew full well what they would gain and should quit and ‘do something else’, rather than go on strike
Ministers plan to recruit up to 600 members of the armed forces to deal with the series of pre-Christmas strikes planned by the unions.
More than 200,000 nurses, paramedics and hospital staff could walk out at the same time after voting in favor of a back-to-back strike over wages and conditions.
High-profile insiders warned last week that fears the NHS could suffer its worst winter ever are “quickly becoming reality”.
But Luisa, has little sympathy for staff members threatening to leave, saying she would never have considered entering the profession knowing the salaries on offer, adding that the salary increase demanded by the unions – 17 .6% – is unrealistic.
I wouldn’t dream of it: The entrepreneur added that she would never have considered working for the NHS herself because ‘the money isn’t enough’ and she ‘doesn’t give enough’
Luisa, co-owner of gift company Silly Sentiments, said: “I wouldn’t do that job because I wouldn’t be happy working for that amount.”
“I wouldn’t go into this job in the first place, so don’t f****** do it – you know what the pay is. It fucked me up.
“I give my staff annual salary reviews for what we do. It’s not common, it’s not a legal obligation or necessary to do it, it’s ridiculous.
“It’s not a normal thing to have that, it’s just what people would ideally want.” I’m not saying it’s fair that they should have it or shouldn’t have it.
Act: More than 200,000 nurses, paramedics and hospital staff could walk out at the same time after voting in favor of a back-to-back strike over wages and conditions
‘It fucked me up. Just don’t do that job then salaries would naturally go up because they would have to do a recruitment drive because services would be hard pressed to pay more to get people to do the job but when you already have people doing it do or have done…
“It pisses me off, people who go on strike in this type of career, I think it’s really irresponsible and cruel and goes against everything they should be doing in this industry.”
“You go into this because you really care, I think. You don’t come into this job for the money.
“A, the money isn’t enough for me and, B, I don’t give enough, but the people who come into this job really care about f****** and want to make a difference.”
Strikes: This map shows the hospitals where the Royal College of Nursing will hold its first pay strikes on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December
However, the former Celebrity Big Brother star admits NHS staff deserve a pay rise if their workload has increased significantly.
She added: “If you work more, you should get paid more. If your job is bigger.
“I support the fact that they should be paid more if they work more and more on their plate, and if that happens they shouldn’t have to strike for a pay rise, they should have a raise of salary.
“They deserve more pay. What they do is save lives, they have one of the most important jobs in the country.
Negotiations: Royal College of Nursing demands 19.2% pay rise for its members and says devastating NHS strikes will continue unless ministers engage in ‘formal pay talks’