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Barnet careworkers fight pay cut with strike action this week on 24 & 25 February

From Barnet Unison:

UNISON members who are careworkers for the outsourced Barnet care company Your Choice Barnet (YCB) will take further strike action this week in protest at the harsh 9.5% pay cut imposed on them by their employer. The strike dates are 24 and 25 February. This takes place in the middle of the TUC Fair Pay fortnight.

This will make a total of eight days of strike action since the dispute began.

UNISON Branch Secretary John Burgess said:

“The driving motivation for our members in this dispute is their fears about what is happening to the quality of services. Low pay in the care sector does not deliver high quality services. It does not appear to work for Capita, we are at a loss as to understand why this would work for care workers in YCB.”

YCB has not met with UNISON as they have indicated they have nothing new to offer. Barnet Council has failed to become involved in a positive way at all.

The Council has clearly been giving preferential treatment to its private contractors with the news of Capita has already received £110 million in the first 16 months of the two contracts. If YCB were to receive this, it would carry on producing a service to the residents on the scale it does for the next 18 years with no pay cut to staff!

The dispute has now reached the ears of House of Commons Early Day Motion 778 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/778

This dispute is clearly one of priorities.

24 & 25 February Picket Line details

1. Flower Lane Day Centre
41 Flower Lane
London NW7 2JN

2. Rosa Morrison Day Centre

83 Gloucester Road
London EN5 1NA

The start times are 7.30am to 12noon

See Barnet Unison for more details.


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