Lincolnshire Health Visitors step up their pay campaign with more strikes and rallies planned

The health visitors claim they are more than £2,000 a year worse off than their NHS counterparts.

Sarah Jane
6 August 2019
Lincoln Health Visitors Strike

Health visitors employed by Lincolnshire County Council are stepping up their campaign this week.

Registered Nurse and Health Visitors employed by Lincolnshire County Council are currently in a dispute over pay and the erosion of professional responsibilities which could adversely impact vulnerable families.

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The dispute centres on Unite’s calculation 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.

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said that the 58 health visitors will be holding demonstrations in Gainsborough (Wednesday 7 August), Lincoln (Thursday 8 August) and Louth (Friday 9 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.

Pay parity must be guaranteed.

Unite, which embraces the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA), is also seriously concerned about the downgrading of the health visitors’ professional status, resulting in fewer staff doing the specialist health visitor role.

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Unite regional officer Steve Syson said: “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.

“However, they have been met by a brick wall in the form of a council that remains intransigent, despite three meetings under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas. The attitude of the council is immoral as it is denying our members legitimate pay rises.

“The council has proffered 30 grade 10 jobs, which they have conjured out of nowhere, that may ensure this pay increase. But these contracts are shrouded in secrecy so we don’t know what would be required from our members – it could mean a long-term erosion of employment condition. Also, these contracts are not enough to cover all of our 58 members.

“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.”

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