Public Service Super Heroes. That’s what our Trade Unions is calling them, and your Newcastle Labour team totally agree. As we strip society down to the essentials, those that ensure the key services still function are revealed from the shadows. Our amazing NHS and those close to our Newcastle heart, our Local Government Workers.
These past weeks have shown us that, no matter what is placed in their path, those in service of the public will keep the show on the road; keep our vital services going; look after us when we are sick; keep us safe; keep the supermarket shelves stocked; keep collecting our rubbish; and keep delivering warm words and a hot meal to our vulnerable older residents. Respecting their value.
We are a Newcastle-Living Wage council and we have been fighting for an increase in the pay of these vital pillars of our society, without whom, as this crisis has shown, we would crumble. We now applaud and continue to join the lobbying and campaigning of our trade union colleagues, fighting for the correct protection equipment for social care workers and bus drivers alike, so that all our front line workers can carry out their essential duties safely. Respecting their value.
We have been truly impressed by the response of our council in Newcastle, how our staff have adapted, created and innovated to ensure our services are kept running and that we are able to look after our most vulnerable. It has been so good to ease some of the stress and fears of residents who are at their most vulnerable. Respecting their value.
We have superheroes in our Councillor colleagues too, such as Linda Hobson, a nurse, working long and tiring shifts to care for the sick on the front line. Respecting their value.
And the response from our communities, offering up their time and resources to volunteer has been extraordinary, but not surprising, it is a Newcastle’s strength. Now even more so neighbours are looking out for each other and acts of kindness have become the order of the day. Existing and newly formed Community and voluntary organisations have come together to create new projects in response to the need created by Coronavirus.
When communities come together, our local council, our NHS, our businesses and our voluntary organisations, the Newcastle is at its best. We can lead in really making a difference to strengthen our shared values. We are proud to be a part of such a caring community and to be Newcastle Labour councillors. As we move through this pandemic era we must continue to forge even stronger alliances and partnerships so that we can continue to deliver the best for the borough we call home.