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Dudley MP Ian Austin has given his support for Sainsbury’s workers after changes to their contracts meant workers could be left £3,000 out of pocket.

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Austin has joined other MP’s in writing to the Prime Minister to demand she stands up for hardworking, longstanding and loyal Sainsbury's staff who are being asked to work for less pay.

Last month, Sainsbury’s announced contract changes for all staff under the smokescreen of an ‘increase in basic pay’.

The reality is that approximately 10,000 of the longest serving staff across the country will lose up to £3,000 per year. Staff will lose paid breaks and Sunday premium pay, whilst the nightshift will be shortened to between 12:00am and 5:00am. Shop floor staff will lose their bonus scheme, but management will not.

Ian Austin said:

"I was really shocked when one of my constituents got in touch about this. They were quite rightly worried about their job – this is a pay cut for thousands of hard working people in the Black Country and across the UK.

“Under the proposed changes all employees will lose their paid breaks, there will be widespread cuts to premium pay and shop-floor staff will no longer get a bonus, but the management will not.

“I want to see the Prime Minister standing up for Sainsbury’s workers, talk to the Chief Executive and call on him to ensure that no staff will face a pay cut under these contract changes”

Austin backs workers left out of pocket by Sainsbury's contract changes

Dudley MP Ian Austin has given his support for Sainsbury’s workers after changes to their contracts meant workers could be left £3,000 out of pocket.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on the Government to employ and train more NHS staff to diagnose cancer earlier and provide patients with the best treatment possible.

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With advances in medical research and NHS staff turning research breakthroughs into life-saving tests & treatments, more patients than ever are surviving cancer, but early diagnosis is crucial to saving lives.

The NHS is facing challenges from a growing and ageing population, and with more than 1 in 10 NHS diagnostic posts unfilled, services are struggling to keep up with growing demand.

That is why Austin is supporting Cancer Research UK’s “Shoulder to Shoulder” campaign and asking the Government to commit to training and employing more NHS staff - to meet these challenges, diagnose cancer earlier and provide patients with the best treatment.

Ian Austin said:

“Our NHS workers do a fantastic job looking after patients and providing life-saving treatment to people diagnosed with cancer.

“But to face the challenges in the future we must see more investment in training and employing more staff to diagnose cancer as early as possible and give the best possible care.”

Austin calls for more NHS staff to fight cancer

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on the Government to employ and train more NHS staff to diagnose cancer earlier and provide patients with the best treatment possible.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) campaign to highlight the importance of quality local services to help people with eye conditions.

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Austin hosted an event in Parliament to launch a new Parliamentary report in to eye care which says the current eye health system is failing patients but can be fixed if the NHS prioritises eye health and action is taken immediately.

There were almost 7.6 million ophthalmology appointments in 2016/17 in England, a figure which has increased by more than 10 per cent over the past four years. Just over half of patients told the inquiry they had experienced at least one appointment or treatment being delayed.

Patients also expressed concerns about long waiting times, problems securing appointments, a lack of continuity in their care, and poor communication from the clinic.

The report is calling for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, local authorities, commissioners, delivery bodies, NHS providers and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) to act now on eye health.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I am supporting the APPG’s and RNIB's calls to make eye health a priority in the NHS.

“Over The last couple of years I have campaigned with Dudley Resident Elaine Shaw for improvements in care for people with eye conditions to prevent preventable sight loss.

“It was great to have Elaine in Parliament this week continue her campaign. This is how politics should work. When local people raise issues like this, it’s up to their local MP to get stuck in and demand changes.”

Eleanor Southwood, RNIB Chair, said:

“Nobody should lose sight from a treatable condition simply because their eye clinic is too busy to provide care in a clinically appropriate timescale.

“Implementing the recommendations in this report will help to meet the increasing demands for eye care services, deliver strategic and joined up eye care, and reduce the numbers of patients losing their because of delays.”

Austin calls on the government to take action on eye care and sight loss

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) campaign to highlight the importance of quality local services to help people with eye conditions.


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