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Fremantle workers reject latest management offer

by Helen Davies branch chair, Barnet Unison (pc)
Issue No. 2105

Against all the odds the campaign by 200 Fremantle residential care workers to win back their terms and conditions is still on as 95.9 percent voted to reject the company’s latest offer and resume strikes.

The workers in Barnet, north London, had been on council terms and conditions when they were outsourced to Fremantle. Just over a year ago they were sacked and re-engaged on new terms and conditions, which have seen their pay cut by approximately one third.

The workers, who are members of the Unison union, struck last year over this.

Fremantle’s recent offer contained nothing significantly new. Its offer included an increase in holiday entitlement and instead of a three year pay freeze, a two year pay freeze – but only against “targets” being reached.

The increase in holiday entitlement was in any case as a result of government legislation requiring them to make this increase.

In the meantime the workers are suffering serious hardship.

Some have lost their homes. Others are working increased hours to try to make up for the lost pay.

Fremantle’s only other “offer” is for workers to sign a waiver agreeing they will work in excess of 56 hours per week. London region Unison is due to announce the next strike days.

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Tue 10 Jun 2008, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2105
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