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Two-week strike set for Doncaster Care UK staff

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2414

Care workers in Doncaster began a two-week strike on Tuesday of this week. The action will last until 12 August. 

The Unison union members are demanding a rise in the basic pay for all new Care UK staff to the £7.65 per hour living wage. 

They are also calling for a meaningful rise for all other staff. Unison rep Andy Squires told Socialist Worker, “It’s disgusting that people are on £7 an hour in our job. 

“People are finding it extremely difficult to survive and have to claim in work benefits just to have enough money at the end of the month.

“They are having to take as much overtime as they can get because they are not getting paid enough. “Mentally and physically that can’t be good for people to do.”

The workers care for adults with learning disabilities. They have previously struck over 34 days from February to May this year.

Thousands of pounds was collected in support of the striking workers.

Send donations, solidarity messages and requests for strikers to speak at meetings to admin@unison-dab.org.uk. You can also make cheques payable to Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch Send cheques to: Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster DN4 5GJ

 


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