SOME 32 care workers in two elderly people's homes in south London's Wandsworth struck on Friday of last week. The workers, members of the UNISON and GMB unions, were striking against their employer, Four Seasons, which took over the homes from Wandsworth's Tory council in a privatisation deal. Four Seasons is part of the Alchemy group, the asset stripping outfit which tried to take over Rover cars earlier this year.
Four Seasons has launched a major attack on the pay and conditions of the workers in the Longhedge and Park Lodge elderly people's homes. Some face pay cuts of over 40 percent, and there are cuts in sick pay too. Strikers said they were devoted to providing care but were not prepared to have their dedication abused to boost profits. Another one-day strike is now planned on Monday.
- Messages of support to UNISON Offices, c/o Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18.
LIBRARY WORKERS in north London's Camden were meeting on Monday to discuss their next move in a dispute which saw some workers stage a one-hour walkout on Friday of last week. Last Friday's protest by ten workers was in response to management changing the hours and workplace of one member of staff.
The protest was the third unofficial walkout protest by sections of council workers in the north London Labour-run borough over a series of issues in recent weeks.
WORKERS IN Oxford City Council's leisure services are up in arms over the council's planned programme of closures and privatisation. One local sports centre and the ice rink face privatisation while another sports centre and a swimming pool face closure.
A campaign has been launched and a lobby of the council is planned on Monday 23 October.