SIX DAYS of strike action by 900 members of the UNISON union have forced Sefton council on Merseyside to reopen two of the care homes it shut. The income from the sale of a third site has been ring-fenced to be reinvested into social services, and a site is to be found for a new children's home.
'This is a massive win for us,' says UNISON branch convenor Nigel Flanagan. 'The council threw everything at us but all of it backfired. We had the support of the public and the residents,' says branch secretary Doreen Smith.
'This strike was about services in our community, and we are proud of that. We tried petitions, lobbies and arguments, but it was strike action that forced them to keep homes open.'