1 November 2016
NUBSLI members boycott LanguageLine Solutions
LanguageLine Solutions (LLS) bid for and were awarded contracts to deliver BSL/English interpreting services for Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). They achieved this by reducing interpreters’ pay, and terms and conditions, without discussion with interpreters in the region.
The substantial cut to fees, due to take effect in Sheffield from 1 November, threatens the sustainability of the interpreting profession in this area, and as a result the access provision for the Deaf community. Interpreters in London will also face the same cuts from 1 December 2016.
So, with reluctance, in order to sustain a quality interpreting service in and around Sheffield, the National Union of British Sign Language Interpreters (NUBSLI) is calling on its members to boycott these contracts, and contracts held by LLS in London that offer the same unsustainable fees. [...]