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Labour Conference 2018 Care workers lobby delegates to support industrial action

by Alan Jones

 

CARE workers facing cuts to their hours and pay lobbied Labour Party delegates today to support their industrial action.

The care workers from Birmingham say their hours could be reduced from 37 a week to just 14, cutting their pay by up to £11,000 a year.

Unison said Birmingham City Council needs to save around £2 million and plans to do this by slashing the hours of care staff.

The union said the changes could take workers below the poverty line or leave them with no choice but to look elsewhere for work, which could put “untold pressure” on the service.

Hundreds of care workers have been on strike throughout August and September, with further action planned next month.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Birmingham City Council seems fixated on cutting costs, while showing little regard for the impact on the many elderly and vulnerable adults across the city who rely on this service.

“While local councils everywhere have undoubtedly been hit by government cuts, councillors have made the wrong decision here. They are unfairly picking on hard-working, already low-paid care staff.

“Councillors’ plans will either leave staff without enough money for food and bills or mean they’ve no alternative but to look elsewhere for better-paid work. With fewer care staff, elderly people across the city could be left high and dry.”

He added that hopefully seeing care workers out in force will convince any councillors attending the Liverpool conference that they need to rethink their plans quickly.

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