Dozens of Doncaster care workers will walk out on strike on Thursday as they start seven days of action over proposed pay cuts.
More than 100 Care UK employees who look after adults with learning disabilities are involved in the industrial action, but company chiefs say services will continue to operate as normal as ‘robust contingency plans’ have been put in place.
A spokesman said: “Less than half the workforce are in the union and, with help from managers and colleagues from nearby services, the provider is confident all essential shifts will be covered and service users will be kept safe and able to continue to enjoy activities.”
But Unison representative Jim Bell said: “It is going to be very disruptive for the clients because they are used to people, some have very challenging behaviour and they won’t know these people.
“It will have an adverse effect on their daily living.
“It seems there’s no shortage of money to bring in people from around the country and putting them up in hotels. The money should have been used to prevent the strike.”
He added: “We’re acting responsibly by not picketing the individuals homes of people as we want to disrupt their lives as little as possible.”
Director of Care UK’s learning disability service, Chris Hindle, said: “We have done our best to meet the unions more than half way. We have not made anyone redundant, our proposal does not touch people’s basic pay and we have already protected future annual pay increments and secured NHS future final salary pension rights for everyone transferring to Care UK in this service.”
The strike starts at 7am on Thursday, until 7am on Thursday, March 6, and will be followed by industrial action short of strike.