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Barnet care row reveals cash flaws in Tory business plan

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2423

Your Choice Barnet strikers on their picket line last month. They were joined by strikers from Care UK in Doncaster

Your Choice Barnet strikers on their picket line last month. They were joined by strikers from Care UK in Doncaster (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Tory-run Barnet Council in north London is giving preferential treatment to private firms over its own local authority trading company, Your Choice Barnet (YCB).

The Unison union is currently in a pay row with bosses at YBC.

Unison revealed that the council is not covering its historic deficit in workers’ pension contributions.

But the council pays its pension contributions in contracts with private firms for other council services. 

YCB’s sole shareholder is Barnet Council. The company provides a care service for adults with learning disabilities.

Unison members are in dispute with bosses over a 9.5 percent pay cut and have struck for four days over the last fortnight. 

YCB worker and Unison member Diana Elizabeth told Socialist Worker, “We work with people with autism and continuity of care is really important. 

“We don’t want to disrupt their daily routines but a 9.5 percent pay cut is ridiculous.”

Diana said, “We are fighting for our service for people who need support—that’s what they’re trying to cut. But, you know what? We’re fighting back.”

YCB workers are set to strike again on 14 and 16 October.

Send messages of support and requests for speakers to contactus@barnetunison.org.uk 
Strike fund donations to Barnet Unison Industrial Action Fund, Building 4, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

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