Care workers in Barnet, north London, have delivered a thumping 100 percent vote to strike.
The workers provide a service to disabled adults and are members of the Unison union. The dispute centres on an imposed 9.5 percent pay cut from bosses at Your Choice Barnet (YCB).
This is a council-controlled, outsourced company. YCB was set up over two years ago. Since then bosses have driven through cuts to pay and around a third of staff have been cut.
The last 12 months have also seen a sharp increase in the numbers of agency staff and zero hours contracts being used to deliver the service.
Strike dates have still to be announced. Unison branch secretary John Burgess said, “We are now seeking an urgent meeting with Your Choice Barnet to see if talks can avert having to take strike action.”