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Lincoln Labour Women’s Group supports striking Health Visitors
Val Moore, Lincoln Labour Women’s Officer issued the following statement on behalf of the group.
Lincoln Labour Party Women’s Group extend our solidarity to Lincolnshire Health Visitors who are taking industrial action following Lincolnshire County Council’s attempts to downgrade their jobs and create a two tier workforce. A recent Women’s Group Meeting heard from a visiting Health Visitor who informed us that following TUPE transfers from the NHS to the County Council they are being forced to apply for their own jobs, jobs which will see them de-skilled despite them being advertised as promotions. These jobs are the same as the ones they were already doing, only using less of the skills they trained long and hard to acquire. With less holiday and sick pay entitlements and a decrease in fuel allowances which will be paid at 11p less per mile, what is seen as a slight pay increase actually equates to a pay cut. As skilled and qualified members of the health workforce they are being asked to evidence their competence for the roles.
Just after the Health Visitors transferred to the Council, NHS staff received a pay increase, but as the Health Visitors were no longer part of Agenda For Change they were not entitled to the increase, and as they are not on LCC contracts they are not entitled to pay increases through their new employers either. If the Health Visitors do not accept the changes to their contracts they will face a permanent pay freeze.
We ask that you support the striking Health Visitors and hope that they see a speedy resolution to this wholly unacceptable situation.
Labour launches new mini-site for members and supporters to raise awareness of racism and bigotry
Labour has launched a new mini-site for members and supporters to help raise awareness of racism and bigotry.
Introducing the new site Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn said:
“The struggle for liberation of all people is never complete and must always be renewed. As a movement, we educate ourselves and each other to better stand in solidarity with and unite all those facing oppression and discrimination.
That’s why we are launching education materials for our members and supporters to help them confront bigotry, wherever it arises. Over the coming months, the party will produce educational materials on a number of specific forms of racism and bigotry. Our first materials are on antisemitism, recognising that anti-Jewish bigotry has reared its head in our movement.
Hatred towards Jewish people is rising in many parts of the world. Our party is not immune from that poison – and we must drive it out from our movement.
While other political parties and some of the media exaggerate and distort the scale of the problem in our party, we must face up to the unsettling truth that a small number of Labour members hold antisemitic views and a larger number don’t recognise antisemitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories.
The evidence is clear enough. The worst cases of antisemitism in our party have included Holocaust denial, crude Jewish-banker stereotypes, conspiracy theories blaming Israel for 9/11 or every war on the Rothschild family, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.
So please engage with the materials we are producing, which will be placed on a page on our website, along with other resources, so our movement can be the strongest anti-racist force in our country.”
Labour councillors criticise Tory proposals to end the Usher as an art gallery
Lincolnshire Health Visitors take action – show your support
Monday and Tuesday of this week saw Lincolnshire Health Visitors taking 48 hour strike action over not getting paid the rate for the job and the erosion of their professional responsibilities which could adversely impact vulnerable families. Attempts to resolve the situation involving ACAS on Friday 12 July had failed leaving the Health Visitors no choice but to take action.
On Monday and Tuesday Health Visitors held a protest outside Lincolnshire County Council offices on Newland, Lincoln followed by a march into the City Centre where they gave out leaflets stating their case against the County Council.
Labour County Councillor Robin Renshaw said:
“I’m here supporting Lincolnshire Health Visitors because I’m unhappy at the way the County Council has exploited them since they transferred from the NHS. It is unfair to them especially when they have been losing wages as well. It is almost unprecedented for any nursing staff to take industrial action.
Last night Lincoln City Council Labour Group pledged its support to the Lincolnshire Health Visitors who are in dispute with their employer Lincolnshire County Council over not getting paid the rate for the job and the erosion of their professional responsibilities which could adversely impact vulnerable families.
Group members heard from local Health Visitors that the Tory controlled County Council hasn’t given them a pay rise since they transferred from the NHS to the County Council in 2017 and are trying to introduce a two tier structure that will deskill many of the Health Visitors.
Speaking to the Group, Health Visitors explained that the County Council would only give a pay rise if they transferred from their NHS terms and conditions onto significantly worse County Council terms.
In an unprecedented step the Lincolnshire Health Visitors have voted to take strike action with their first day of action on Monday 15 July. A protest rally will also be held outside the County Council Offices on 15 July at 9 am.
Join the protest and show your support
At its All Members Meeting last night Lincoln Labour members pledged their support to Health Visitors employed by Lincolnshire County Council currently in dispute with their employer over not getting paid the rate for the job and the erosion of their professional responsibilities which could adversely impact vulnerable families.
Rob Parker Labour Group Leader on the County Council reported that the Health Visitors who transferred from the NHS in 2017 had voted overwhelmingly for strike action on the basis of no pay offer and a grading dispute.
The Tory controlled County Council despite a £16 million under-spend on planned expenditure has failed to offer the Health Visitors a pay rise even though other councils workers have had one and are introducing a two-tier structure that will effectively deskill those on the lower scale.
It is believed that ACAS will be getting involved but the meeting pledged initial financial support should the strike action go ahead and expressed its solidarity with the Health Visitors.