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Doncaster care workers to hold strike rally

Demonstration outside Care UK, Doncaster. ( Buy this photo D2068TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Demonstration outside Care UK, Doncaster. ( Buy this photo D2068TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

  • by Stephanie Bateman
 

Workers employed by Care UK in Doncaster will hold a strike rally today (Wednesday, March 5) from noon at the Trades Club in the Frenchgate centre.

The UNISON members, who care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, voted overwhelmingly to take seven days’ strike action over management threats to slash their wages by up to 50 per cent.

The members will hear speakers including service users, their families, UNISON officials and Daily Mirror political journalist Paul Routledge, all supporting their fight against injustice.

At the rally, members will also decide what further action they are going to take in their dispute with Care UK.

UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell said: “These members have stood firm in the face of an unprecedented attack on their pay, threatening their financial survival.

“These dedicated carers are skilled, experienced and committed to the well-being of the people who depend on them or a decent quality of life.

“Yet Care UK wants to make massive cuts their already modest pay, increasing the firm’s profits while our members risk losing their homes.

“How we care for vulnerable people is a measure of how civilised we are as a society. The same goes for how we treat the people who provide that vital care.

“The magnificent support we have received from the community as whole – and from fellow trade unions and health campaigners in other parts of the country - has been inspirational.

“Members will decide at the rally what steps they will take next in the dispute.”

 

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