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More strikes called to take on Your Choice Barnet bosses

Issue No. 2421

Barnet care workers on strike last week

Barnet care workers on strike last week (Pic: Julie Sherry)

Care workers in north London have announced four more days of strikes in their dispute over pay with bosses at Your Choice Barnet (YCB).

The Unison union members were set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. They held a solid two-day strike last week.

YCB is a council-controlled, outsourced company that was set up over two years ago. 

Bosses are trying to force through a near ten percent pay cut on workers and have cut staff numbers by a third. 

Talks between bosses and the union revealed the company borrowed £1 million from Barnet Homes, also controlled by Barnet Council. 

This is around 20 percent of its budget and is to be repaid at commercial interest rates over the next three years.

The union is demanding this debt is written off and calling for the service for adults with disabilities to be brought back in-house.

Workers plan to strike again on 14 October—the day of a national pay strike of local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A further walkout is set for 16 October.

Send messages of support and requests for speakers to donations to the strike fund to Barnet Unison Industrial Action Fund, Building 4, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP


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