Health visitors vote to continue Lincolnshire strike

More than 70 Lincolnshire health visitors are being balloted for strike action as the long running pay dispute escalates with county council bosses trying to ‘divide and rule’ over future job roles.

Unite said the new ballot would not only involve the health visitors who have been denied legitimate pay rises by the council since October 2017, but health visitors on the lower grade 9 and higher grade 10.

The ballot opens on Friday 11 October and closes on Friday 25 October.

They have already taken action on 32 days since July with the loss of around 450 shifts.

The dispute began over health visitors having lost more than £2,000 a year since they were transferred from the NHS, but Unite says it has now taken up the council’s insistence on different contracts for grade 9 and grade 10 health visitors.

Full story on The Lowdown, 10 October 2019.

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