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All away to Liverpool this Saturday

by MICHAEL LAVALETTE Respect councillor
Issue No. 1926

UNISON UNION members from around Britain were set to show their support for social workers in Liverpool on all-out strike on Saturday of this week.

This is a small but incredibly important dispute. One of the union stewards told me that this is a “moral strike”. That’s right.

It is not about wages but the ongoing national assault on social work.

This dispute is about privatisation and the way clients get in touch with social workers.

There has just been one call centre opened up and they are about to open another.

If you’re poor, stressed and in need of a social worker you will have to phone these call centres if Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat run council gets its way.

You could get put on hold for 30 minutes or put on a waiting list. There is also an attack on jobs.

Social workers are being forced to work harder under huge pressure.

Their time working with clients, helping them sort their problems out—which is what social work is supposed to be about—has been cut back. Now they’re forced to tick boxes and fill paperwork in.

This group of social workers has drawn a line in the sand and said, “Enough is enough.”

National demonstration this Saturday, 1pm, St George’s Plateau, Liverpool city centre. Send messages of support and donations to Liverpool Unison, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth Street, Liverpool L3 9JR.

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Sat 6 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1926
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