Care workers at the Sage care home in North London will strike again on 4-8 February. The workers are demanding pay increases to £12/hour, and parity with NHS workers on terms and conditions such as sick pay and annual leave. The workers are also demanding recognition of their union, United Voices of the World (UVW).
A previous strike from 15-17 January saw hundreds attend a virtual strike rally on the first day of the strike, with safely-distanced picket lines being held on 16 and 17 January.
UVW members at La Retraite Catholic school in south London are also balloting for strikes, demanding a reversal to cuts in hours, improved safety measures, and full pay for sickness and self-isolation.
UVW’s strikes have consistently emphasised the importance of full sickness and isolation pay as an essential infection control measure, as well as a basic workers’ right. If workers cannot afford to self-isolate or take time off sick the virus will continue to spread.