The New Worker
The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 1st August 2014
MEMBERS of the public sector union Unison employed by Care UK in Doncaster began a new strike action starting this Monday 28th July for two weeks, after the company refused to even discuss a wage rise this year.
The action came after a new ballot and is in support of a pay claim that calls for a minimum starting rate of £7.65-an-hour, which is the national living wage outside London. The current pay for basic grade staff is £7-an-hour.
For staff whose jobs were moved across to Care UK when the council privatised the service last year, the claim is for a meaningful wage rise.
Before the pay claim was submitted, the company said that there would be no wage rise. Unison Yorkshire and Humberside regional organiser Jim Bell said: “This company should hang its head in shame for profiting from public sector, taxpayer- funded contracts at the same time as paying its basic grade staff so badly that many of them have to claim taxpayer-funded inwork benefits to survive”.
Members at Care UK have already taken 34 days of action this year in a fight over the imposition of massive pay cuts, following the privatisation of the service, which sees members care for vulnerable people with severe learning disabilities.