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Care workers strike in Southampton

Issue No. 2039

Picketing during last week

Picketing during last week's strike

Some 240 care workers in the Unison and T&G unions at Southampton council struck for 24 hours on Wednesday of last week. The strike involved home care workers, care assistants, cooks and laundry assistants.

The council has imposed cuts in care workers’ wages of between £500 and £7,000 a year.

Mike Tucker, Unison branch secretary, said, “Care workers are determined to continue their campaign.

“A number of them were sacked on Monday for not accepting the council’s wage cuts.”

The carers are meeting on Tuesday of next week to consider further strike action and the entire Unison branch at the city council is preparing for a strike ballot over the 2007-8 budget.

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Sat 24 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2039
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