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Doncaster Care UK strikers take protest to London

Jim Bell talks at a rally of unison members about the Care UK strike. Picture: Andrew Roe

Jim Bell talks at a rally of unison members about the Care UK strike. Picture: Andrew Roe

More than 50 Unison members will head to London tomorrow (Friday August 8) to confront bosses of Bridgepoint which owns Care UK.

They are in the midst of a 14-day strike in support of a pay claim for the national living wage of £7.65 an hour – above the current rate of just £7 an hour – and a meaningful pay rise for all staff.

The latest action means the strikers will have taken a total of 48 days’ strike action since February this year.

Unison regional organiser Jim Bell said: “Bridgepoint owns Care UK, the company which has slashed real terms pay and conditions for its staff and we are going to their headquarters to demand fairness.

“In total members have seen their pay cut by up to 35 per cent which makes it impossible for them to meet the most basic costs of living.

“Care UK has forced our members into strike action causing them great personal hardship and anxiety.

But they are trying to protect the service they provide because as the company is not paying a fair rate, skilled and dedicated staff are being forced to seek work elsewhere.

“It is the vulnerable clients and their families who are suffering terribly.”

The strikers were promised by Bridgepoint that they would look at the reasons for the strike and reply to Unison’s concerns but they have failed to do so.

Unison is asking to meet Bridgepoint’s senior management for talks about the dispute on the day of the protest.

 

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