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Single status: Southampton care workers defy council bosses’ ban

Issue No. 2037

Striking workers defied Southampton council’s attempt to stop them protesting (Pic: Southampton Unison)

Striking workers defied Southampton council’s attempt to stop them protesting (Pic: Southampton Unison)


Council care workers in Southampton picketed six care homes as part of a three-day strike over proposed pay cuts from last Saturday.

Some 240 Unison and T&G union members went on strike after the council threatened to sack all care workers on 18 February if they don’t accept pay cuts.

The mostly women workers were striking for the first time. They voted to walk out by a margin of eight to one.

They face cuts to pay for anti-social working hours, ranging from £25 to £140 a week.

The workers defied the council’s decision to enforce a ban on a protest on the steps of Southampton civic centre ahead of this Monday’s cabinet meeting (see picture).

Unison branch secretary, Mike Tucker, said, “The city council’s action in cutting the wages of care staff has resulted in this strike taking place.

“Care workers are determined to show that they will not be blackmailed.

“In order to cover the work of the strikers, the city council has drafted in other council workers who are not trained in providing personal care.

“Disgracefully, it is also using untrained, unqualified temporary staff to work with the elderly and the frail.”

Send messages of support to: Care workers, Unison/T&G, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7NB. Email branchsecretary@soton-unison-office.org.uk


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