Doncaster Care UK workers accept strike deal

Unison members who work for Care Uk gathered for the results of a ballot over strike action at Doncaster Trades and Labour Club

Unison members who work for Care Uk gathered for the results of a ballot over strike action at Doncaster Trades and Labour Club

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Care workers in Doncaster have voted to accept a deal aimed at ending the longest running social care strike in the history of the NHS.

Members of Unison employed by Care UK in Doncaster, have taken more than 90 days of industrial action this year in protest over changes to pay, terms and conditions.

As part of the deal all employees will receive an immediate above inflation 2 per cent pay rise backdated to October 2014, with agreement on future increases in October 2015 and October 2016 which would be for an increase of 2 per cent or inflation, whichever is the higher, using the Consumer Price index as the measure for inflation.

In addition, a settlement payment of £500 each has been agreed for current employees who transferred over from the previous employer.

A Unison spokesman said the dispute ‘had shone a national spotlight on the role of international finance and private social care provision’.

The union’s head of health in Yorkshire and Humberside, Tony Pearson, continued: “This has been a very long and tough fight and it has taken a toll on everyone involved.

“This issue is now firmly in the public eye. What our members in Doncaster have done has raised awareness of the pay and conditions of care workers in privatised companies throughout the country.

“It has changed the terms of the debate about how this country treats its carers and those they care for.

“I feel sure their action has marked an historic turning point in the way private firms and Tory politicians have treated some of the most caring members of society.”