13 April 2014
Join the solidarity demonstration 11am, this Saturday 19 April, Civic Square, Waterdale, Doncaster
The former NHS workers in Doncaster, who work with adults with learning disabilities, and are employed by Care UK are set to strike again over the bank holiday weekend.
They face cuts to weekend pay rates, holiday and sick pay which will amount to huge attack on their wages. On top of this they have had no pay rise for five years.
The strikers are calling on trade unionists and supporters from around the country to join them on the day.
On Saturday 12 April a protest was held outside the Fat Face store at Orchard Square in Sheffield. Fat Face is owned by the huge multinational Bridgepoint Capital which owns Care UK.
Bridgepoint also have huge stakes in Pret a Manger, Virgin Active, Leeds-Bradford airport and many more. The message of the protest was that will continue to embarrass brands on the Bridgepoint portfolio until Care UK stop attacking their staff.
Unite the Resistance is calling for similar protests to be set up around the country
The Doncaster workers have so far held a total of sixteen days of strikes. They have received an impressive level of solidarity from trade union branches and workplace collections totalling something like £20,000.
Strikers have been getting out to speak at union branches and meetings around the country to raise solidarity.
Because of Care UK’s intransigence and the number of days of strikes the workers have been forced to take they need solidarity. Rush solidarity messages and requests for speakers to:
Make cheques payable to: Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch and send to: Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster DN4 5GJ
Email Care UK chief executive Mike Parish to complain about the way they’re treating their workers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the strike Facebook page ‘Doncaster Supported Living Unison Strike’ click here
Follow on twitter: @StrikeUnison