Workers in the United Voices of the World union at the Sage Nursing Home in North London are demanding £12ph, parity with NHS annual leave and sick pay, pay for unsociable hours, and recognition of UVW.
Following a 100% vote for strikes, energetic campaigning by UVW, and strong support from local labour movement activists and the wider community, the Sage bosses have just agreed to negotiate.
A victory here would have major consequences for the entire social care sector. It would strengthen other care workers’ ability to organise, and — with the right arguments and campaigning — add momentum to calls to take the sector into public ownership.
The Sage workers are all migrants and from ethnic minorities. This is yet another example of migrant workers taking the lead in effective working-class struggle.
• Sign UVW’s petition (as of 10 November, signed by over 68,000 people)
• Check out and share the workers’ campaign page. It includes links and materials to sign up for the campaign, donate to the strike fund, put a motion in your organisation and invite a speaker, and to send Sage management a letter.