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Publication date:- 2018-06-01

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IFS report on automation is propaganda for wage cuts

UNITE, Britain's biggest Union, has branded a report on the automation of jobs and the minimum wage as propaganda for employers who want an excuse to cut wages in real terms.

The report released on 4 January 2018 from the Institute for Fiscal Studies claims that any further increases in the UK's national living wage should be subject to "extremely careful monitoring" as it could lead to redundancies by encouraging employers to automate jobs.

But Unite has hit back, warning that this amounts to yet another attack on ordinary workers already facing the weakest pay growth since the Napoleonic wars. In contrast, Unite is developing a 21st century workplace manifesto on automation demanding that ordinary working people benefit from new technology.

Unite Executive Officer, Sharon Graham said:- "This report is just propaganda for employers who want an excuse to suppress wages. I don't suppose that economists at the Institute for Fiscal Studies are asking for pay cuts to protect themselves from robots. They know that 'Industry 4.0' is going to generate enormous amounts of wealth and we need automaton to deliver for society not just bigger profits. Why not demand a shorter working week and a decent retirement? The IFS seems to think that it should be just like the 1980's. Then we lost jobs and wages to technology while boardrooms profited. But this time workers can and should get their share. Of course, the best way to defend your job and get the most out of automation is also the best way to keep your pay above the minimum wage; get organised in a Union."

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Maternity unit at Ormskirk Hospital scoops another top rating

IT'S official, mothers who have given birth at Ormskirk Hospital have voted it to be 1 of the best places for midwifery care across the country.  In an NHS watchdog report, Mum's have officially ranked:- 'Maternity Services' at the Wigan Road site the 11th best in England. Ormskirk Hospital outscored more than 50 other Trusts across the country.  More than 100 mothers completed the detailed questionnaire and gave feedback on health and care, including the quality of care given throughout the antenatal, labour, birth and post natal stages.

1 Mother of 2, Louise Flavell, from Skelmersdale, is 1 recent example of an overjoyed mum when in mid November, she had her baby Ava Marie at the Ormskirk unit in her 34th week of pregnancy.  Louise, 42, said:- "I cannot praise the neonatal staff at Ormskirk Hospital enough for the way they are looking after my gorgeous girl; thank you so much to everyone."

Ava Marie arrived early thanks to the maternity detecting a condition called:- 'Small for GeStational Age' (SGA) and weighed just 3lbs 1oz/ 1.39Kg.

Areas the maternity unit scored well on include:- high levels support and guidance, good advice, high levels of respect and dignity as well as excellent care given throughout their. Fathers are now able to become more involved in their partner's care. Lynne Eastham, Head of Midwifery, said:- "Following the survey and our 2016 Care Quality Commission report, we focused on further improving our culture and approach to care and safety. We always ensure staff work better together so that the parent, baby and their family's experience can be the best possible; we want them to feel as though they are receiving a high quality service throughout their care with us. From the report's findings; it states that we are now ranked one of the best maternity units in the country. The experience for mothers and their partners has improved significantly over the last couple of years due to the hard work, dedication and commitment from our staff. Well done to all the teams!"

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