WORKERS ON Merseyside are raising money for the Sefton council workers fighting to save services for the elderly and disabled. Some 900 social services workers in Sefton council have held six days of strike action to stop the closure of six facilities.
Already some elderly residents have been upset at their move to privately run homes. Some have had to share rooms, and others are living far away from where they were originally staying.
Firefighters on red watch at Formby fire station organised their own solidarity collection for the striking council workers and raised £100. Local workers in the Home Office section in Bootle went round their workplace and collected £220.
The social services workers are planning further strikes after a strike ballot amongst staff in the finance section. Workers in the technical services section have already voted in an indicative ballot by 73 to four votes for a strike.
Sefton UNISON is appealing for other workers to collect donations to build up the strike fund.
Donations and requests for speakers to Sefton UNISON, 209 Linacre Lane, Bootle L20 6AD. Phone 0151 934 4760.
THE LIBERAL Democrat run council in Liverpool is showing its true face by planning the closure of six elderly people's homes. Some 200 residents and 330 workers will be affected by the homes shutting. Workers in the threatened homes attended mass meetings in Liverpool on Thursday of last week.
Sheila Kearney, branch secretary for the Liverpool City UNISON branch, said, 'There are nine residential homes across Liverpool. There used to be over 20 that have now gradually closed. It's frightening the speed at which this is happening. Workers at the meeting overwhelmingly passed a motion calling on the council to find the money to improve the six homes they claim are not up to scratch. Members also voted to support a publicity campaign including a petition, public meetings and a demonstration to raise the public profile.'
The campaign is designed to put pressure on the council while it reviews the closures during a consultation process.
Messages of support to UNISON Liverpool City Branch, Produce Exchange, 8 Victoria Street, Liverpool L2 6QJ.