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2017-02-04-PHOTO-00000021.jpgSefton Central Labour MP, Bill Esterson is backing a campaign to protect constituents who work for M&S and B&Q following cuts in pay. The MP is also supporting efforts to protect workers rights as we leave the EU.

Bill Esterson was one of a number of MPs who backed attempts to change the law a few weeks ago and is now supporting efforts to make sure workers rights are protected after we leave the EU.

Labour is also trying to amend the legislation going through parliament....

....about what life will be like in Britain following Brexit and keeping workers rights is one of a number of protections, which the party is attempting to secure.

Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson said, “My colleague, Siobhain McDonagh MP has been running a longstanding campaign on behalf of shop workers. She highlighted the issue using B&Q and Marks and Spencer as examples of retailers who have cut workers' take-home pay to meet the increases to the Minimum Wage. A number of my constituents have spoken to me about the cuts to pay that they have faced at the Formby and Aintree stores.


“Some M&S staff reported losses of £1000 to £2000 a year. Siobhan’s efforts have seen a petition with 90,000 signatures presented at Marks' swanky Marble Arch headquarters and achieved an increased pay offer.

“But there is more to do, M&S are not alone and it is a difficult to get media coverage in support of this vital campaign on behalf of workers on some of the lowest pay in the country.
After the referendum vote last June all workers could have, not just their wages under threat, but also their rights. That is why I have supported my other colleague Grimsby MP Melanie Onn on her Bill to protect workers' rights.


“No opposition was forthcoming when Melanie moved her Bill  that highlighted the need to uphold a number of protections - such as consultations over redundancies, paid holiday, rest breaks, and parents having the right to take time-off to care for a sick child - regulations bound by EU legislation, and which now need to be included on the UK's law books.


“These are all things which are standard until we have finally left the EU, and we shouldn't be going backwards. We do not want to go back to the bad old days. The workers in Britain have felt the benefits of such changes.


“I respect the referendum result, but it should not mean rights are cut. This is about the reality we face today. It is right that first and foremost stability is provided and that the Government does everything in its power to protect what we already have.

“Nobody who works at M&S at Formby or Aintree, who voted in the referendum voted to have their pay cut, to lose their job or to see their conditions undermined at work. As we leave the EU, we must put jobs, the economy and prosperity first.

“The work that Siobhan and Melanie have done is crucial to making sure that we have a better Brexit and that is why it is so important that parliament and the government supports what my Labour colleagues are doing.”

 

MP backs rights for workers at Formby and Aintree M&S stores

Sefton Central Labour MP, Bill Esterson is backing a campaign to protect constituents who work for M&S and B&Q following cuts in pay. The MP is also supporting efforts to...

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Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson has backed a campaign against cuts to school budgets in Sefton. The government has cut the money given to local schools by 12% of £462 per pupil. This means the loss of teachers at schools in Aintree, Melling, Maghull, Lydiate, Crosby and Formby.

 

Bill Esterson MP said, “Labour believes that every child deserves the best possible start in life, and that an excellent education is central to this. These cuts to the schools budget will mean that, for many children, this is simply not possible.

 

“School budgets are being pushed beyond breaking point. The government's £3 billion real terms cut to education funding must be reversed or we will see education and care suffer. Locally that is a cut of 12%, £462 per pupil and quite simply will see teachers being sacked and children missing out. In stark terms, their education will suffer.

 

“Already head teachers are being forced to cut staff, cut the curriculum and cut specialist support. A new funding formula is the right thing to do, but it cannot be truly fair unless there is enough money to go round in the first place.”

 

“These cuts are going to make it extremely difficult for schools to not only meet the increased demand of pupil numbers increasing but also to address the growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, as teachers will be forced to find alternative work, adding to the shortage.

 

“Many schools are already reporting losing staff as a result of these funding cuts, which will make it even more difficult for schools to provide the excellent education every child needs.

 

“Cuts to staff are falling heavily on those in support roles. This will make it all but impossible for the Conservatives to deliver on some of their pledges as the government. For instance, although the Prime Minister and Education Secretary have said that all secondary schools should have staff trained to help address the mental health needs of pupils, it is unclear how they will deliver this against a background of funding cuts and staff shortages.

 

Bill Esterson added: “The Conservatives are overseeing the first real terms cut in the schools budget for over two decades, the steepest our schools have faced since the 1970s.

 

“We are already in a situation where 60.6% of secondary academies spent more than their income in 2014/15, and these cuts will only make the situation worse for these schools.

 

“Simply, the Government are moving around an existing sum of money which we know is inadequate. Instead of investing in schools properly, they’re taking money from well-funded schools to under-funded schools”.

 

“Further cuts to the school budget and the new Funding Formula are going to put our schools into an even more difficult position than the one they are already facing.

 

“At the Public Accounts Committee a number of headteachers laid bare the challenge already facing our schools one actually saying “We can’t afford to buy text books. We can’t afford to send staff on training.”

 

”This is a dire situation for our schools and one which will only continue to get worse with the cuts put into place by this Government and their new Funding Formula.

 

“Schools are struggling more and more to plug the gaps in funding and we are now getting to the point where the only area schools will be able to make savings will be their qualified teachers”.

 

Bill Esterson MP supports campaign against school funding cuts

Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson has backed a campaign against cuts to school budgets in Sefton. The government has cut the money given to local schools by 12% of £462...

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Maghull’s Labour MP Bill Esterson met artists and members of the public at the Maghull Art Group exhibition at Deyes High School. The MP was very impressed by the quality of the artwork on display. 

Labour MP, Bill Esterson said, “Maghull Art Group has over 100 members who meet twice a week. Many of the members had no previous experience of painting, but thanks to the Maghull Art Group they have flourished and developed really great skills. I saw many examples of high quality art on display and was particularly impressed by the quality of the outstanding artwork on display. The members learn from each other and teach new members how to paint. Every Friday evening professional artists demonstrate their art form, be it landscapes, animals or urban scenes.  The committee told me about about one piece of art form which used shaving foam. I am really impressed by the creativity of my constituents.”

The group meets each week Tuesday 9:30am – 12 noon at St Peter’s Church hall 186a Moorhey Rd. Maghull, L31 5LW. Maghull Art Group is moving its monthly Fridaymeetings to Lydiate Parish Hall in Lambshear Lane and new members are welcome to come along to find out more. Details are available from http://maghullartgroup.webs.com                  

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson impressed with local art group

Maghull’s Labour MP Bill Esterson met artists and members of the public at the Maghull Art Group exhibition at Deyes High School. The MP was very impressed by the quality of...

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