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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.