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Unite accused the government of making empty promises over increasing the number of health visitors after shock figures released by the Labour Party in October showed a major fall of 903 health visitor posts since 2016.

According to Labour’s analysis 12 per cent of babies have missed out on a new


born visit recently. “Our members continually tell us of cuts to services and the devastation that they are having on families and communities,” said Sarah Carpenter, Unite national officer.

Reducing numbers of health visitors also puts more pressure on other public services. “Any action to reverse

damaging cuts to the health visitor service will be welcomed by health professionals with open arms,” said Obi Amadi, Unite health visitors lead officer.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has pledged to increase health visitor numbers.

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In October Unite revealed that First Manchester Ltd bus drivers are being paid nearly £5,000 a year less than colleagues at a depot just five miles away. The drivers at the Rusholme depot are earning as much as £95-a-week less than those at Queen’s Road.

“Our members are fed up with this glaring and unjust anomaly,” said Neil

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Clarke, Unite regional officer. “The Rusholme drivers do exactly the same job with the same commitment to passenger safety as drivers across Greater Manchester, even overlapping on the same routes,” he added.

Members are taking 24 hour strikes on Mondays during October and November, as talks with management continue.

Meanwhile the North West’s bus pain continues with over 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff at 11 of Arriva North West’s depots have started industrial action after pay talks broke down in October.

The Unite members are staging 24 hour strikes also on Mondays throughout October and November.

Uber ban praised

Unite’s black cab drivers praised London Mayor Sadiq Khan and TfL for putting Londoners’ safety before big corporate interests by not renewing Uber’s licence to operate in London in September. The move was welcomed by Unite and its campaign against bogus self- employment and insecure work. “Dogged by controversy, Uber’s approach has been to

exploit workers and bend the rules while trying to brush passenger safety concerns under the carpet,” said Jim Kelly, Unite’s black cab section chair.

“We urge the Mayor of London and TfL to stand firm and continue to put the safety of Londoners and the capital’s trusted cabbies first,” he added.

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