Care UK workers in Doncaster were set to begin a two-week strike ballot over a new pay claim on Wednesday of this week. They could strike from 25 July.
The Unison union members care for people with learning disabilities. Many workers see the ballot as continuing the struggle over conditions that began with strikes against the imposition of new contracts.
The new claim is for a “meaningful increase in basic pay” said Unison and a minimum starting rate of £7.65 per hour for all workers. Pay at Care UK is now so low that many workers claim in work benefits to survive.
Care UK is one of the Tories’ favourite NHS privatisers.
Yet it was the Labour-run Doncaster council in South Yorkshire which privatised the ex-NHS service in autumn last year.
Workers have struck for 34 days against the contracts but signed them for fear of losing their jobs.
This wasn’t for the lack of a will to fight.
Some Unison members were left frustrated that promises of the union’s full backing from general secretary Dave Prentis have yet to materialise in any meaningful way.
Workers should vote yes to restart the struggle against Care UK bosses.