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Crunch time in Doncaster Care UK dispute

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2425

Care UK workers

Care UK workers (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Striking Doncaster care workers camped outside private health firm Care UK’s local office last week.

They were marking their 81st strike day. A day of solidarity also took place across Britain as the workers rallied.

Strikers overwhelmingly voted to continue to fight.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has agreed to meet them on Friday of this week. 

He has so far been silent on the seven-month dispute.

Strikers feel they are not getting the support they should from their national Unison union.

Unison has the ability and resources to win this dispute. There is no question of the determination and commitment from the strikers. It’s good that Unison general secretary Dave Prentis is putting pressure on Miliband. 

But more must be done.

The issues of privatisation and attacks on jobs and services in health and social care are not isolated in Doncaster or Barnet (see below).

Unison could lead a national response. 

Your Choice Barnet strikes called off

Unison union members at Your Choice Barnet in north London are balloting on a new offer from bosses.

Strikes set for Tuesday and Thursday of this week were suspended.

But the offer to only cut the care workers’ pay by 7.9 percent instead of 9.5 percent is clearly not a good deal. 

Workers should reject it and demand the strikes are put back on.

The workers’ Barnet Unison branch is recommending rejection.

The ballot ends on Thursday of next week, 23 October.

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Tue 14 Oct 2014, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2425
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