strike action on Saturday 20th Jan and Tuesday 6th February
As there were no workplaces to picket Birmingham Unison held a strike rally in Victoria Square in the city centre. Banner Theatre played at the rally and there were speakers and a march in the snow
Birmingham UNISON: Home Care strike rally report Estimates of 350 people turned up in awful cold sleeting weather to show support and solidarity with Home Care workers who went on strike on Saturday 20th January. Speeches were made by Birmingham ...Read this article...
Birmingham UNISON: Home carers strike background. How we got to this situation: Councils have been forced to impose steep cuts on adult social care because the money they receive from Central Government has fallen substantially. Unlike other... Read this article...
Dispute about proposed working rotas and 150 redundancies threatened from 350 Home Care workers has led to a 99% vote for strike action with a 54% turnout.
Birmingham branch's Secretary Caroline Johnson said "This would force many carers to work three split shifts in a working day. With too little time to return home between shifts, it is claimed they could be out from home for 15 hours a day. Our Home carers are dedicated to their jobs and the vulnerable clients they work with. They work on 365 days a year, in all weathers and from early morning to late at night. It is this dedication that a cynical management seeks to exploit.”
Care worker Lisa, said that due to the public sector pay cap and the loss of weekend overtime she has had to take a second job just to pay the mortgage.
“The changes mean I will have to give up one of the jobs and face the stress of facing losing my home. We haven’t had a proper pay rise since 2010. I can’t afford to strike, but I can’t afford not to. It’s not just about me, but the service we provide is being destroyed. We all grow old and want a good Homecare service to be there if we need it.”
Solidarity message that was sent from WB&DTUC:
"Solidarity greetings from delegates of Wolverhampton Bilston and District Trades Union Council to the striking Unison Home Care workers of Birmingham.