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Rage over wages for Rochdale care staff

Issue No. 2356

Care workers in Rochdale met on Wednesday of last week and agreed to “prepare for action as soon as practicable”.

They are members of the Unison union employed by Future Directions to provide care to adults with learning disabilities in supported housing. They have been told they must accept cuts in their pay and conditions adding up to £10,000 for some.

The workers had been set to strike on Saturday 25 May but the company obtained an injunction less than 24 hours before the strike.

Bosses claimed that Unison had failed to provide the address of the home of every service user who would be affected.

More than 150 workers and supporters held a rally, and cheered shop steward Andy Taylor when he said the injunction wouldn’t stop them from striking if their demands weren’t met.

Bosses offered to pay Calderdale NHS staff prepared to break the strike enhancements for weekend working and the bank holiday. These are the same enhancements being cut from Future Directions staff.

Send messages of support to and donations to the strike fund to Rochdale Unison, 46 Richard Street, Rochdale, OL11 1DU

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Tue 4 Jun 2013, 17:42 BST
Issue No. 2356
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