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Lincolnshire health visitors continue to strike

09 August 2019

Health visitors employed by Lincolnshire county council are stepping up their campaign with more strikes planned in a dispute over pay conditions.
 

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As previously reported, health visitors rallied outside Lincolnshire county council offices last month to demand pay rises. 
 
The dispute is over not getting paid the rate for the job and the erosion of their professional responsibilities which could adversely impact vulnerable families.

Unite regional officer, Steve Syson, states that members have been met by a ‘brick wall’ as the council remains intransigent, despite several meetings already.  
 
The ongoing dispute continues: Unite said that 58 health visitors were holding demonstrations in Lincoln on 7 and 8 August, as well as holding two more 48 hour strikes later this month - on top of the nine days of strike action already taken.

The two new 48 hour strikes announced are on 15-16 August and 19-20 August. The strikes will start at 00:01.

Lincolnshire health visitors have lost more than £2000 a year since they were transferred from the NHS to the county council in October 2017, according to Unite’s calculation.
 
‘Our members have had tremendous support in their local communities by a public that recognises the important work they do for families and children throughout Lincolnshire’, says Steve.
 
‘Unite remains open for constructive dialogue with the council 24/7 – but until pay parity is guaranteed for all health visitors employed by the county council our campaign for pay justice will continue.’
 
Details of the demonstrations taking place:

  • 9 August - protesters will meet at the Cattle Market car park, Louth, LN11 9EQ which will be followed by a march through the town.
  • 17 August - protestors meeting in the Minster Yard at 11.00. The march will start at 11.30 going through the city centre and ending with speeches at High Bridge.

All are welcome to join these colleagues on their rally on Saturday the 17th, please come along to show your support.

Image credit | iStock

 

Author: Nicole Bains

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