Leicester care workers
"NO PAY cuts" was the chant from around 600 care workers and their supporters across Leicestershire on a march last Saturday. The march by care workers, members of UNISON, marked the beginning of their three day strike. The strikers have already taken a one day strike and a four day strike. They are fighting against the council's plans to remove weekend shift allowances from the low paid workers.
Some staff stand to lose up to �1,800 per year. "The council has already shut down homes, attacked our sick pay and our unsociable hours payments. We are not prepared to have any more taken off us," striker Joy Allison told Socialist Worker. "The council want to shift everything into the private sector. We are mainly part time women workers and on low pay. We get �5.27 an hour. We do the job because we want to help the elderly and the frail. The private sector only care about the accounts."
The strikers are furious with their regional UNISON leaders for trying to curtail the strikers' action. Regional union officials called off a planned seven day strike due to go ahead this week. Strikers were set to meet with union officials this week to discuss further action.
- Send donations to Leicestershire County UNISON, Room 419, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester. Fax messages of support to 0116 265 6151.
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