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Leicester care workers

Issue No. 1685

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.

In brief

  • HUNDREDS OF protesters gathered in Harefield on the western edge of London last Saturday in defence of Harefield Hospital. Local people are concerned about rumours that property developers have approached the hospital managers with plans to buy the prime site land.
  • LECTURERS IN the new Scottish universities, members of the EIS-ULA, are balloting this week over strike action against new contracts. The attack includes a 20 day cut in annual leave, and an unlimited working week including evenings and weekends.
  • WORKERS WHO work for ServisAir at Stansted airport have voted for a series of one hour strikes over the Easter holiday period. The action is in defence of one worker threatened with disciplinary action.
  • OVER 1,000 teachers in Glasgow have signed a petition in protest at the Labour council's "Public-Private Partnership" programme for local schools. Some �420 million worth of work will be carried out. But the private companies involved will get paid at least �40 million a year for 30 years.
  • BURNLEY College lecturers have won an important victory in their long-running campaign against excessive teaching loads. The threat of a one day strike by members of the NATFHE lecturers' union forced the college principal to concede a cut in annual teaching hours and a weekly maximum of 24 hours.
  • OVER 200 people marched through York on Wednesday of last week to protest against the Labour controlled city council's proposals to close or privatise the Barbican swimming pool.
  • AROUND 300 people lobbied Salford council on Wednesday of last week in protest at �20 million of planned cuts. The cuts could see library and nursing home closures. A further protest over the cuts saw around 100 angry people lobby the surgery of local Labour MP Hazel Blears last Saturday.
  • OVER 100 angry parents and nursery staff lobbied Rochdale council last Monday in the latest of a series of protests over four nursery school closures.
  • HUNDREDS OF parents demonstrated in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, last week in protest at the council's plans to cut education. The cuts threaten school closures and up to 240 jobs. Defend our Services demonstration, Saturday 26 February, called by UNISON. Assemble 10am, Woodhead Community Park, opposite the council headquarters.
  • AROUND 40 people attended a meeting last week to protest at Nottingham City Council's plan to close Wilford Meadows School. The meeting decided to call a demonstration on 13 March.
  • UNION stewards, representing over 500 workers at North West Water, have voted to begin an overtime ban and work to rule to save jobs.North West Water is owned by the giant United Utilities group.
  • UP TO 200 pensioners and their supporters marched through central London on Saturday. They carried mock coffins with the slogan "State old age pension-born 1908, died 2000". The marchers' placards included, "Bury New Labour, not the pensioners."

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Sat 26 Feb 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1685
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