Doncaster care workers go on seven day strike

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.

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Care workers in Doncaster fear 50% pay cut

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:

Union: Carers could lose half of their pay

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:

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Doncaster carers on strike

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 in place for carers strike

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.

Doncaster Council has made it very clear that there is no extra money for the Doncaster learning disability service so we need the unions to work with us to find a solution. That hasn’t happened over the past few weeks so we approached ACAS to see if their expertise could help but, sadly, Unison have simply refused to come to the table with them.

Disrupting services, particularly those on which vulnerable people depend, should be a last resort, not an opening gambit. We don’t understand on what grounds a responsible union would refuse to meet with ACAS for conciliation talks.

– Malcolm Chew, Care UK

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.

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