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Union activists to support health workers involved in pay dispute

Members of Unite based in Lincolnshire have previously taken 17 days of strike action, with a further 48-hour stoppage planned from September 16.

Members of Unite based in Lincolnshire will give an update on the dispute when they visit the TUC Congress in Brighton (Steve Parsons/PA)
Members of Unite based in Lincolnshire will give an update on the dispute when they visit the TUC Congress in Brighton (Steve Parsons/PA)

By Alan Jones, PA Industrial Correspondent

Health workers involved in a long-running campaign of industrial action over pay will receive support from union activists on Tuesday.

Members of Unite based in Lincolnshire, who started a week-long walkout on Monday, will give an update on the dispute when they visit the TUC Congress in Brighton.

They have previously taken 17 days of strike action, with a further 48-hour stoppage planned from September 16.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail will tell TUC delegates about the plight of the health visitors, saying they have been denied legitimate pay rises by Lincolnshire County Council since October 2017

The union said its health visitor members have lost more than £2,000 a year since they were transferred from the NHS to Lincolnshire County Council.

Ms Cartmail said: “The strike is unprecedented in the health visiting profession.

“Since they were transferred from the NHS they have been on the receiving end of a three-year pay freeze and been robbed of more than £2,000.

“Added to this pay cut, cuts to local government and concerns about the downgrading of health visitors’ professional status is resulting in fewer staff doing the specialist health visitor role.

“I will be asking TUC Congress to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Lincolnshire health visitors in their struggle for pay justice, and highlighting the health visitor profession’s proud history of independent advocacy.”

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