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Barnet daycare workers strike against wage cuts

by Helen Davies, branch chair, Barnet Unison (personal capacity)
Issue No. 2059

Around 200 residential and daycare workers working for Fremantle in Barnet, north London, struck for 24 hours on Thursday and Friday of last week.

The mainly women workers, who are in the Unison union, struck after being told that their contracts would be ripped up and rewritten, this would lead to 30 percent wage cuts.

These are former council staff who had been transferred under the Tupe regulations.

Some 100 workers attended a rally on the Thursday evening and the picket lines were very strong.

The mood was upbeat and confident.

The recent Unison conference gave the workers a standing ovation when their case was heard.

General secretary Dave Prentis urged Unison members to give them their full backing.

The workers are now discussing the next stage in the campaign.

Phone messages of support to Barnet Unison on 020 8359 2088

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Tue 10 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2059
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