Socialist Worker

Solidarity can win in Rochdale care workers dispute

by Sam O’Brien
Issue No. 2374

Some 20 Future Directions workers in Rochdale held a noisy picket outside the company’s headquarters on Thursday of last week as part of their ten day strike.

Pickets were especially angry at news that several Future Directions directors have just received a substantial pay rise. 

Meanwhile the majority of staff have been asked to take cuts equivalent to 40 percent of their take home pay. 

In the evening some 60 strikers took their battle to Rochdale’s councillors at their cabinet meeting. 

They marched from the Town Hall to the council’s new Riverside building. 

Colin Lambert, leader of the council, came out to address the crowd. He offered no concrete proposals for how the strike could be resolved. 

Steve Stott, Regional Manager for Unison North West, said the union was willing to talk, but if Future Directions are not then new strike days will be announced soon. 

This received huge applause from the strikers. 

Gary, a member of the bakers’ union Bfawu, had come over from Wigan to support the lobby. 

He was cheered when he said, “Solidarity is the key. Our fight at Hovis shows we can win if we stick together.”

 


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