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Lincoln Labour Women’s Group supports Lincolnshire’s Health Visitors dispute

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...

Labour launches new mini-site to raise awareness of racism and bigotry

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:...

Labour opposes Tory plans to end the Usher as an art gallery

Labour councillors criticise Tory proposals to end the Usher as an art gallery   Labour councillors on Lincolnshire County Council strongly oppose the Tory County Council plans to end the use of the Usher Gallery as an art gallery and to use it as a base for the...

Solidarity with Lincolnshire Health Visitors

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...

Lincoln Labour Women’s Group supports Lincolnshire’s Health Visitors dispute

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 to raise awareness of racism and bigotry

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 opposes Tory plans to end the Usher as an art gallery

Labour councillors criticise Tory proposals to end the Usher as an art gallery

 
Labour councillors on Lincolnshire County Council strongly oppose the Tory County Council plans to end the use of the Usher Gallery as an art gallery and to use it as a base for the Registration, Celebratory and Coroners Services. Account must be taken of the wishes of over 800 people who opposed the closure in the recent public consultation.
 
What Labour councillors are saying is that a decision should be delayed for up to a year to allow alternative proposals to come forward from the Usher Gallery Trust and the Historic Lincoln Trust. We think it is quite wrong for the County Council to take a hasty decision at the Executive meeting on 4 September to bring about such a major change of use given the importance of the gallery as the most important arts venue in the City and County for the best part of a century and the results of the recent public consultation
 
After all it can hardly be a question of needing to save money that urgently, given that the County Council has recently declared holding balances of £189 million.
 
We fundamentally disagree with Cllr Nick Worth’s statement that there’s a passionate minority who want to keep the Usher Gallery as it is. No, everybody involved in saving the Usher want to do much more than that and seek to make the Usher a dynamic Centre for the arts in Lincoln and Lincolnshire which contrasts with two decades of serious under investment by the Tory led County Council. That’s why time is needed to work on new ideas and get long term funding.
 
The current Conservative approach is demonstrated by two points.
 
Firstly, the results of public consultation does not matter much
 
Secondly, Nick Worth acknowledges that the recommendation is based on the priority of saving £750,000 with no mention that the County Council holds £189 million in balances. So what does that tell the people of Lincolnshire? Perhaps that the old saying is true about knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Labour’s option makes sense all round.