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Ten day strike by Rochdale care workers

Issue No. 2372

Care workers at Future Directions in Rochdale were set to take a further ten days of strikes beginning on Wednesday of this week.

The workers are members of the Unison union. They provide support to people with learning disabilities.

They have already taken 19 days of strikes in a dispute over the imposition of a new contract. 

The contract imposed in April cut pay between £4,000 and £10,000, and it cuts holiday entitlement and sick pay. Under the new contract no sick pay will be paid for the first three days of sickness and the employer will pay nothing at all after a month of sickness. 

Unison believes the company has broken a Tupe agreement signed in 2012 and 100 employment tribunal claims have been lodged. 

Future Directions was set up by Calderstones NHS Trust. Strikers are angry that a community interest company set up with public money is deliberately setting out to undermine wages and conditions in the social care sector.

Workers have decided to lobby the board of the trust on Wednesday from 1.30pm. 

Strikers are also set to join the mass demonstration in Manchester outside the Tory party conference on Sunday of this week.

Sam O’Brien

Join the lobby 1.30pm on Wednesday 25 September

Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Mitton Road, Whalley, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 9PE

Please send messages of support to [email protected] and donations to Rochdale Unison, 46 Richard Street, Rochdale, OL11 1DU

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Tue 24 Sep 2013, 17:50 BST
Issue No. 2372
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