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Further strike action for Doncaster care staff

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

Care UK staff in Doncaster are set for a further seven-day strike after union members could not come to an agreement with bosses over terms and conditions.

Unison representative Jim Bell met with Care UK yesterday morning, when he gave legal notice of a further week-long industrial action from 7am next Wednesday.

A seven-day strike was held last week after union members, who care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, voted overwhelmingly for action over management threats to slash their wages by up to 50 per cent.

Mr Bell said: “We had a meeting brought about by ACAS last Friday and heard the company had made marginal improvements on the transitional payments from 12 to 14 months, but there has been no movement on holidays or sick pay.

“We spent a day with ACAS and that offer was unanimously rejected. Members are 100 per cent committed to defending their terms.”

Director of Care UK’s learning disability service, Chris Hindle, said: “Naturally, we are extremely disappointed to hear that Unison plans, once again, to disrupt the lives of over 100 of Doncaster’s vulnerable residents.

“Nevertheless, Care UK remains strong in its commitment to deliver a good quality, safe service in the event of any industrial action.

“We will ensure the people we support receive a good service – just as we did during the last strike.

“Despite knowing from the outset that, whichever provider was chosen to deliver this service, it would have to reduce spend as well as improve the service, at the meeting with ACAS, Unison were still demanding that no changes whatsoever are to be made to the package that employees of the learning disability service enjoy.

“No employee who transferred into the service has been made redundant, the basic pay of all employees within the service is being fully protected, and all staff who transferred to Care UK will continue to be members of the valuable NHS final salary pension scheme.”

Unison representative Jim Bell met with Care UK yesterday morning, when he gave legal notice of a further week-long industrial action from 7am next Wednesday.

A seven-day strike was held last week after union members, who care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, voted overwhelmingly for action over management threats to slash their wages by up to 50 per cent.

Mr Bell said: “We had a meeting brought about by ACAS last Friday and heard the company had made marginal improvements on the transitional payments from 12 to 14 months, but there has been no movement on holidays or sick pay.

“We spent a day with ACAS and that offer was unanimously rejected. Members are 100 per cent committed to defending their terms.”

Director of Care UK’s learning disability service, Chris Hindle, said: “Naturally, we are extremely disappointed to hear that Unison plans, once again, to disrupt the lives of over 100 of Doncaster’s vulnerable residents.

“Nevertheless, Care UK remains strong in its commitment to deliver a good quality, safe service in the event of any industrial action.

“We will ensure the people we support receive a good service – just as we did during the last strike.

“Despite knowing from the outset that, whichever provider was chosen to deliver this service, it would have to reduce spend as well as improve the service, at the meeting with ACAS, Unison were still demanding that no changes whatsoever are to be made to the package that employees of the learning disability service enjoy.

“No employee who transferred into the service has been made redundant, the basic pay of all employees within the service is being fully protected, and all staff who transferred to Care UK will continue to be members of the valuable NHS final salary pension scheme.”

 

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