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The Tories' merger plan isn't about improving health or social care

08 July 2014
The political consensus to merge social care and the health service would be a disaster, unless the cuts are stopped and more funding is provided, writes Raymie Kiernan

Care UK staff determined to continue fight over pay

24 June 2014
Doncaster Care UK workers have voted by 85 percent for more strikes in a consultative ballot. The Unison union members will now ballot for strikes over pay. 

Industrial in brief

17 June 2014
Big majority for action at Newsquest | Hall cleaners fight to keep their jobs | Teachers to walk out over redundancies | NUT general secretary election | Gwalia care workers defend conditions | Justice for Domestic Workers protest

100 percent strike vote to stop pay cuts at Your Choice Barnet

03 June 2014
Care workers in Barnet, north London, have delivered a thumping 100 percent vote to strike.

Desperate bosses try new bribe at Care UK

03 June 2014
Care UK workers are preparing to resume their battle against a savage attack on their pay and conditions.

Doncaster Care UK workers meet to decide next move

27 May 2014
Doncaster Care UK workers’ strike committee was set to meet on Wednesday of this week to decide the next steps in their dispute. The Unison union members have struck for 34 days since the end of February. 

Care UK strikers say, ‘We can win this dispute’

20 May 2014
Doncaster Care UK workers finished a 14-day strike last Sunday in their continuing battle against bosses’ savage attacks on their pay and conditions. The Unison union members have now struck for 34 days since the end of February.

Doncaster Care UK strikers bring their message to bosses HQ in London

14 May 2014
Care UK’s owners, private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, received a visit to their London offices this morning by angry striking care workers from Doncaster.

Roving pickets ramp up the pressure as Doncaster Care UK strike enters second week

13 May 2014
Doncaster Care UK workers are in their second week of a 14-day strike against savage attacks on their pay and conditions by bosses. 

The terrible price of ‘conveyor belt social care’

06 May 2014
Workers who care for elderly and disabled people are under attack in the media and from greedy new bosses racing to cut corners. They spoke to Raymie Kiernan about how privatisation and cuts are making life in care homes more stressful and dangerous—for workers and those they care for

Workers out for 14 days in Doncaster - determined to beat Care UK

06 May 2014
Care UK workers in Doncaster began a 14-day strike on Monday of this week. The leading NHS privatiser has launched a massive attack on workers with the introduction of new contracts last month. 

After Unison postpones strike Gwalia workers say, ‘We won’t be walked over’

06 May 2014
A 12-hour strike by residential care workers in Neath Port Talbot, South Wales, set for Tuesday this week has been called off. A 24-hour strike has been called in its place from 7pm on Tuesday of next week.

Care UK strikers step up fight with 14-day stoppage

29 April 2014
Doncaster Care UK workers were set to start a two-week strike on Monday of next week. It’s an escalation of their ongoing dispute against attacks on terms and conditions.

Gwalia care home staff walk out over private bosses’ cuts

29 April 2014
Care workers in Neath Port Talbot, south Wales, were set to strike on Tuesday of next week. They face attacks on jobs and conditions—and a pay cut of up to 16 percent.

Care UK workers plan two-week strike as bosses offer bribes

22 April 2014
Doncaster strikers are stepping up their fight against Care UK bosses, reports Raymie Kiernan

Doncaster rally for Care UK workers as new four-day strike set to begin

15 April 2014
Care UK workers in Doncaster are set to strike for another four days over the Easter weekend starting on Friday this week.

Care UK workers stand firm with fresh strikes in Doncaster

08 April 2014
Carers for adults with learning disabilities in Doncaster struck for 48 hours from last Sunday. The Unison union members are fighting Care UK bosses’ attempts to slash their pay and conditions by forcing them to sign new contracts.

Fight to stop the NHS vultures

25 March 2014
Roger Hutt, a Care UK striker, is clear about the Tories’ aims for the health service. “Our society is defined by how we look after the most vulnerable,” he said. “But this lot want to erode our NHS and the welfare state.”

‘If Care UK gets away with it here, God help the NHS’, says Doncaster striker

25 March 2014
A firm at the forefront of NHS privatisation faces a rebellion from its own staff. Workers who care for adults with learning disabilities in Doncaster ended their second seven-day strike in a month on Tuesday of this week.

Glasgow care workers accept an improved offer

25 March 2014
Unison union members in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes for older people have voted to accept an improved offer by 69 percent to 31 percent. 

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