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Workers to go on strike over unsociable hours change

Workers in a secure children’s home and in two local authority care homes will go on strike this Saturday over changes to rates for working unsociable hours. South Gloucestershire council is planning to change contracts for staff who work on weekends and nights from October alongside the introduction of the living wage for all staff. […]

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Social workers have a duty to join Saturday’s anti-austerity march

Social work is about fighting for social justice and challenging oppression. We need to lend our voice to Saturday’s anti-austerity protests, writes Lizzie Furber*. On Saturday hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets for the TUC march for ’A future that works’. The march’s anti-austerity message that the government’s spending cuts are not working should be familiar […]

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Why Southampton social care workers’ ‘smart strikes’ aren’t working

There’s avery insightful piece on the Guardian today about why the strikes in Southampton aren’t making the council change direction on pay cuts.Gregor Gall writes: “Inthe case of Southampton, the Unison and Unite unions have not been able to create a Wisconsin-type of situationbecause the alliance between the residents and unions cannot be magicked out […]

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Quarriers care staff on strike today

Care staff at social care provider Quarriers will goon strike today at protest of pay cuts of up to 20%. The strike isn’t the first industrial action by care staff over cuts in thethird sector, but it does reveala growing trend. Industry leadershave warned there will be more problems like it in the months to […]

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Shropshire social workers to vote on strike action over pay cuts

Social workers and social care workers at Shropshire council will begin to receive ballot papers from tomorrow on whether to call a strike over plans to cut pay by up to 5.4%.If the strike action goes ahead they would be the second set of council social care staff to strike following weeks of action at […]

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Bristol home care workers protest against privatisation

Home care workers in Bristol are to take to the streets on 3 September to protest about privatisation of their jobs.The council plans to move all its home care provision into the private sector,which is hardly unusual, councils have been doing it for years. However,against a backdrop of widespread budget cuts, job instability and decreasingliving […]

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Bristol home care workers protest against privatisation

Home care workers in Bristol are to take to the streets on 3 September to protest about privatisation of their jobs.The council plans to move all its home care provision into the private sector,which is hardly unusual, councils have been doing it for years. However,against a backdrop of widespread budget cuts, job instability and decreasingliving […]

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Only one in six Shropshire staff sign pay cut deal

Only 1,000 of 6,500 workers at Shropshire council have signed up to a new pay deal which cuts pay by up to 5.4%, the Shropshire Star reports.Unfortunately a breakdown of how many social workers or social care workers are within that number is not available.Unions in the region said the result was a “disappointment” for […]

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Only one in six Shropshire staff sign pay cut deal

Only 1,000 of 6,500 workers at Shropshire council have signed up to a new pay deal which cuts pay by up to 5.4%, the Shropshire Star reports.Unfortunately a breakdown of how many social workers or social care workers are within that number is not available.Unions in the region said the result was a “disappointment” for […]

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Will Lincolnshire social workers be the next to strike?

Social workers at North EastLincolnshire council seem to be the next group in a growing number ofcouncil staff set to go on strike.Yesterday, the local Unison branch putout a statement saying it will reject the council’s revised offer onchanges to workers terms and conditions.Social workers at Southampton council have alreadygone on strike over pay cuts, […]

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