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. 

Other local authorities who have taken on these staff have not sought to treat them so badly. It is wrong and more so when the Council is likely to have a £16 million current year under-spend.”
 
Unite calculates that its Lincolnshire health visitor members have lost more than £2,000 a year since they were transferred from the NHS to the county council in October 2017.
 
Further action is planned in Lincoln and other parts of the county.
 
Show your support for Lincolnshire Health Visitors – send them a message of support or make a donation to their strike fund through the Lincoln Unite Office – call or email Emma Page – emma.page@unitetheunion.org – 01522 300084