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Cardiff home carers threaten strike over job losses

Issue No. 2024

At a packed emergency mass meeting organised by the GMB and Unison unions last week, 380 home carers agreed unanimously to go on strike if jobs are lost as part of a social services shake-up.

At the meeting at the City Hall, Cardiff, Unison union branch secretary Mark Turner said, “Our members are furious at the proposals from the council.

“They have no intention of standing idly by and watching their services be decimated by cuts and outsourcing.

“We will ballot for industrial action if one compulsory redundancy is made.

“I think the council are picking on women because they think they are vulnerable. We will prove they are not and they can be the strongest group in the authority.”

GMB branch secretary Kenny Daniels suggested that councillors’ allowances should be cut for a year so the authority could deal with a projected £7m overspend in adult social services.

He said, “People want to register their disgust about how they are being treated by this authority. They are not willing to be pushed around anymore.”

The unions are planning further negotiations with the authority. They will also consider issues like petrol expenses, multi-tasking and extra work taken on by home carers.

In a last shot at the authority, Kenny Daniels added, “Officers have been running the council and elected members have let them do what the hell they like.They should be apologising to us for getting us into this mess.”

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Sat 28 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2024
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