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Crunch week at Care UK

Issue No. 2407

Unison union members at Care UK in Doncaster have been told they must sign new contracts by next Monday or lose their jobs.

But the new contracts savagely attack workers’ pay and conditions meaning some lose up to £7,000 a year.

That’s why workers have struck for 34 days since the end of February. More than 90 have refused to sign and want to fight on.

The union has taken up a legal fight but workers know their strength relies on industrial action. 


But Unison is only consulting workers on new strikes instead of quickly moving to a strike ballot. 

Roger Hutt, chair of the workers’ strike committee, told Socialist Worker there is frustration at the lack of a strike ballot.

“Our resolve is still there but we need to get back on the picket line with the union backing us all the way,” he said.

“Dave Prentis, the union’s general secretary, said he was at our disposal to win this strike. But we’re in a state of limbo.

“We want a reassurance that the union is not leaving us hung out to dry.”

The consultative ballot ends next week.

Send donations and solidarity messages to ­admin@unison? Cheques payable to Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch. Send to Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster DN4 5GJ

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Tue 10 Jun 2014, 20:37 BST
Issue No. 2407
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