Interview with a Sage striker here
Care workers at the Sage care home in north London will strike again from 20-22 October, as their fight for living wages and equality with NHS staff continues. The workers are also demanding full contractual sick pay.
Bile, one of the striking workers, who also sits on the Executive Committee of the United Voices of the World union (UVW), said: “We built a high profile campaign, supported by care workers around the UK, that led to strike action at the start of the year in the harshest of conditions during a global pandemic lockdown. Yet Sage Nursing trustees not only failed to keep their word but they also continue to preside over a workplace that is short-staffed, mismanaged and where bullying, favouritism, and a blame culture is rife. They have tried every trick in the book to break us but our resolve is stronger than ever.”
Julia Veros Gonzalez, another worker at the home, spoke to Solidarity in September. She said social care “should be part of the NHS and it should public. Everyone should be able to go to a public care home or have a public service helping them.”
UVW is also balloting its members at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for strikes. Outsourced workers, such as cleaners, porters, and others, were brought into direct employment following a previous UVW campaign, but still face worse terms and conditions than other directly-employed NHS staff.