Home care workers fight £2m cuts

Submitted by SJW on 11 September, 2018 - 9:53 Author: Gemma Short

Home care enablement workers in Birmingham have struck for over 17 days since January in a long running fight over unworkable shift patterns and a pay cut as the council imposes £2m of cuts in social care.

Workers struck for nine days in August. They will strike again for five days from Wednesday 12 September, five days from 24 September and a final five from 5 October. When the strike started in January, workers were trying to save 40% of jobs. Unfortunately the council has managed to impose those job cuts, but are seeking to make even more cuts.

New cuts would see 55 jobs go and all workers forced onto part-time contracts whilst simultaneously tendering out more work to the private sector.

A rally will be held at 12noon on Saturday 15 September, Victoria Square, Birmingham in support of the strike.

• Send messages of support to caroline.johnson@birminghamunison.co.uk

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