4 September 2014
SOLIDARITY social evening with Care UK and Your Choice Barnet, Tuesday 9 September, from 6pm, SOAS Student Union Bar, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Food, Bar, Meet the strikers…
In one of the longest strikes in the history of the health service, workers are fighting to secure a living wage for staff working in privatised services formerly run by the NHS. Care UK, whose former chairman Lord Nash is now a government minister, took over services for people with severe learning disabilities in Doncaster, south Yorkshire, this year, cutting wages of staff who had been on NHS terms by up to 35% while bringing in 100 new workers on £7 an hour. They recommenced strike action in August after re-balloting and are visiting London to protest at the Headquarters of Bridgepoint, the private equity company that now owns Care UK.
Your Choice Barnet
Carers for the disabled in Barnet are starting strike action on 8th and 9th September to oppose cuts to pay and conditions imposed by the “arms length” organisation Your Choice Barnet created by Barnet Council.
SOAS Solidarity social
Cleaners at SOAS won a spectacular victory to achieve sick pay, increased paid leave and pension rights. Solidarity was key to their victory and SOAS UNISON Branch is hosting this social evening to build solidarity with the Care UK and Barnet disputes.
Please come along to meet the strikers – to bring collections & donations or to arrange for strikers to visit your branch/workplace
We’d encourage everyone who can to come along with a collection for care UK/Your Choice Barnet. You can download the Care UK collection sheet at http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/238324082?access_key=key-xRKi6EjL3z7AV5GZfHlW&allow_share=true&escape=false&show_recommendations=false&view_mode=scroll