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Care UK staff determined to continue fight over pay

Issue No. 2409

Doncaster Care UK workers have voted by 85 percent for more strikes in a consultative ballot. The Unison union members will now ballot for strikes over pay. 

The workers have struck for 34 days against new contracts that cut £7,000 a year from some workers’ wages.

Now Care UK bosses have said pay increases for NHS staff since will not apply to them and there will be no pay rise this year. But workers are determined to continue fighting. 

The dispute came up against Tory anti-union laws and further strikes were held up in the long grass of legal action. But this has not been as effective as strikes for putting pressure on Care UK bosses.

Under threat of redundancy, most of the workers have signed the contracts. One Care UK striker told Socialist Worker, “We are not walking away from this dispute. There is a fight still to be won, as the ballot result proves.”

A strike by residential care and support workers in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales, set for Monday of this week, was suspended for talks.

The Unison union members are angry at their employer Gwalia Group’s attacks on jobs, pay and conditions.

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Tue 24 Jun 2014, 17:34 BST
Issue No. 2409
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