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Care workers back walkout against pay cut

Issue No. 2606

Around 120 care workers in the Bath and North East Somerset area have overwhelmingly voted for strikes over pay.

The Unison union members work across seven care homes run by Sirona Care and Health.

Bosses threatened to forcibly dismiss and reemploy the mainly women workers in order to push through longer shifts and unpaid breaks.

This follows the local Tory council cutting the amount of money it gives Sirona to manage the service.

It used to be publicly run by the local authority.

The already low paid staff—many earning only just above minimum wage—have had enough. A lively lobby of the council cabinet meeting on 14 May attracted a wide range of support ,

Members of Bath trades council and Unison members at the council, university and hospital turned out.

Protesters demanded the council fund the service properly and the attacks from Sirona must stop.

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