Socialist Worker

Your Choice Barnet care workers choose another walkout against pay cut

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2446

YCB strikers on the picket line during their strike last month

YCB strikers on the picket line during their strike last month (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Unison union members at Your Choice Barnet (YCB) in north London were set to begin a three?day strike on Wednesday of this week against a 9.5 percent pay cut.

It will bring the number of strike days since the dispute began at the council?controlled care firm to 11.

A third of jobs have gone since workers stopped being directly employed by the council.

A recent Care Quality Commission inspection report found YCB’s service for adults with disabilities to be “inadequate”.

It is a damning judgement on the Tories’ mass outsourcing programme of local services in Barnet.

One parent told the council’s Adults and Safeguarding Committee last week that they were “fearful” for the future and attacked the council’s “ill thought out” and “deeply flawed” business plan for YCB. 

They demanded, “Either fund YCB properly or bring the service back in-house.”

Send messages of support to [email protected] 
Send strike fund donations to Barnet Unison Industrial Action Fund, Building 4, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.