Victory for the Home Care Workers

The Home Care strikers have won their dispute against Birmingham City Council which has been ongoing for 2 years.  Birmingham City Council has now withdrawn all their proposals regarding cuts in hours and shift changes, along with pay cuts. Industrial action has been susupended.

Congratulations to the Home Care Workers and their supporters in a long and hard fought campaign!

See the vote in favour of holding a victory party here:

Unison General Secretary, Dave Prentis said:

“For well over a year they’ve fought against plans which put their jobs at risk and threatened massive pay cuts these low-paid workers could ill-afford.”

“It’s been an incredibly difficult time for them. They’ve repeatedly taken strike action, not because they wanted to, but because they knew they had to.

He added: “From the outset our whole union has stood with these care workers because their fight matters to all of us – as it matters to the communities these care workers serve.

“UNISON members have earned their right to celebrate a momentous victory. And they can hold their heads up high. I am proud they are part of our union.”

Health and social care chief Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Lab, Holyhead) said:

“This will mean that there will be no contractual changes for staff, and therefore no compulsory redundancies or reductions in working hours – two of the primary objectives that Unison has sought through the dispute over the past year.”

The Council will however be seeking to get the NHS to step in to Adult Social care.

The cabinet are set to formally withdraw the rota change plans at a specially convened meeting on Wednesday (May 22).