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Birmingham home carers could return to picket lines

Issue No. 2608

Birmingham care workers could be out again

Birmingham care workers could be out again (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Home Care workers in Birmingham could launch a fresh wave of strikes in their fight to halt the imposition of harsh new shift patterns.

The Unison union is urging workers to vote yes to further industrial action in a ballot that was due to end on Thursday of this week.

Workers in the council’s home enablement team struck in January, February and March.

They are fighting the Labour-run council’s redundancy plans and new rotas that would see them work three split shifts in one day. This would mean effectively working for 16 hours but only being paid for 11.

Workers are fighting for self rostering for teams, which would allow for genuinely flexible working.

Caroline Johnson is Unison Birmingham branch secretary. “A self-roster system can accommodate those of you that need to work flexibly due to caring commitments and give all staff a work life balance,” she said.

Alongside calls for self rostering, the new ballot includes wider demands than the initial one.

The ballot calls for the service to remain in-house and for no reduction to the minimum appointment time of 30 minutes.

Send messages of support to [email protected] Make cheques payable to Birmingham Unison and make clear it’s for the hardship fund.

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