Care UK staff planning a second strike

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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 said a meeting was due to take place with Care UK this morning where he would be giving legal notice of a further week-long industrial action from 7am next Wednesday.

A seven strike was held last week after union members, who care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, voted overwhelmingly for the 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 that 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 (pictured) said: “Naturally, we are extremely disappointed to hear through media coverage that Unison plans, once again, to disrupt the lives of over a hundred 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.”