Lincolnshire health visitors are on strike today – here’s how you can support them

Health visitors in Lincolnshire today begin the first of two 48-hour strikes over pay.

The 58 Unite members have already taken nine days’ action because, although they are on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scales, they have had no increases in pay since being transferred to Lincolnshire County Council – even though both council and NHS employees have received wage awards, these health visitors have not.

You can sign the petition asking Lincolnshire County Council to end their 2.5-year pay freeze here.

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said: “Our members, who provide vital support for families and children throughout Lincolnshire, have been buoyed up by the fantastic support that they have received from the public who appreciate the work they do, even if the county council doesn’t. Unite won’t allow this pay injustice to stand.”

A rally in Lincoln on Saturday will see the protesters meeting in the Minster Yard at 11am. The march will start at 11.30am going through the city centre and ending with speeches at High Bridge. This follows well-supported demonstrations in Gainsborough, Lincoln and Louth.

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, 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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