Hundreds of Home Care workers and their supporters rallied in Birmingham city centre on Saturday 15 September, on the 21st day of strikes in a dispute over job losses, pay cuts and unworkable shift patterns.
As reported previously in Solidarity,Labour-run Birmingham council is imposing £2m of cuts in social care. When the strike started in January, workers were trying to save 40% of jobs. Unfortunately the council has managed to impose those job cuts, but are seeking to make even more cuts. New cuts would see 55 jobs go and all workers forced onto part-time contracts whilst simultaneously tendering out more work to the private sector.
Workers will strike again for five days from 24 September and a five days from 5 October.
• Send messages of support to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Make cheques payable to “Birmingham Unison”, clearly marked as for the hardship fund. Send to Mclaren building, 35 Dale End, Birmingham, B4 7LN.