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Fremantle care workers set to strike next week

Issue No. 2113

Some 200 Fremantle care workers in the Unison union in Barnet, north London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week in their continuing campaign against the company’s attacks on their terms and conditions.

The workers, mainly women, will stage a one-hour strike between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

They were outsourced to private company Fremantle from Barnet council.

In early 2007, Fremantle bosses sacked the workers and re-employed them on worse terms and conditions. The new contracts meant that workers’ pay was cut by roughly a third.

This has led to severe hardship. Some workers have lost their homes and many are working increased hours or taking second jobs to try and make ends meet – with some working up to 60 hours a week.

The workers have taken strike action on several occasions to demand that their old terms and conditions be reinstated.

Fremantle have made various offers – all inadequate – involving cutting the hourly rate of pay and increasing the working week.

Fremantle has also demanded that workers sign a “waiver” agreeing to work more than 56 hours a week. The workers are determined to win back their original terms and conditions.

Send messages of support to Barnet Unison on 020 8359 2088


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Tue 5 Aug 2008, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2113
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