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Care workers who look after the most vulnerable people with learning difficulties in Doncaster have begun a seven day strike in a dispute over changes to their pay and conditions.
Their union says some of its members are facing a 50% cut in pay.
Unison has raised concerns about the level of support people will receive during the strike. But the company providing the service - Care UK - says it's put in place robust contingency plans to ensure their safety.
Michael Billington reports:
Care workers who look after people in Doncaster with learning difficulties are beginning a seven-day walk-out today over pay.
The company providing the service for Doncaster Council, Care UK says it's been asked to run the contract with a tighter budget.
It says basic levels of pay have been protected, no one has been made redundant and final salary pensions will be secured. But Jim Bell of Unison says some front-line staff could see their pay cut by half:
Care staff who work with Doncaster's most vulnerable people have begun a 7 day strike. Workers for Care UK provide care services for Doncaster Council.
They face losing holidays, sick pay, and overnight working benefits after being transferred over to a private company from the NHS
Contingency plans are in place to deal with a strike by care workers in Doncaster, says the company that employs them.
Staff at Care UK who are members of Unison are beginning a seven-day walk-out today over changes to pay, which they say will see some front-line staff have their pay cut by 50%.
Care UK says it has pledged to protect the basic levels of pay, maintained access to the final salary NHS pension scheme and no-one transferring into the service has been made redundant.
The dispute is over changes to holiday entitlement and enhanced hourly rates. These changes are necessary because Doncaster Council, which commissions the service, needs to cut costs.
Care workers who look after people in Doncaster with learning difficulties are going on strike over pay. Care UK - the company that employs them - says that contingency plans have been put in place. The walk-out will last seven days.