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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 June 2014
Care UK workers continue dispute
The inspiring Doncaster Care UK workers, having taken 34 days of strike action against pay cuts and NHS privatisation, voted at the end of their last strike on 18 May to take another 14 days of action in June.
But now into their fourth month of industrial action, under the anti-trade union laws, their legal immunity from dismissal expired after 12 weeks.
Given the "un-caring" nature of their employers, workers were worried that they could all be sacked without any legal redress.
So the 80-odd strikers, who remain absolutely solid, are re-balloting to declare a new trade dispute against the dismissal notices they have been sent for refusing to sign up to the new contracts.
In the words of their strike song: "Care UK, you're a farce. Stick your contracts, up your arse!"
Strike committee members continue to speak all over the country with donations still pouring in, but understandably the workers are frustrated at having to jump through hoops to continue the dispute.
Half a dozen strikers will attend the Unison national conference, where they will welcome the union's continued support but press for the union to lead a national campaign against Care UK with protests, demonstrations and a unionisation drive.
This way, a famous victory can be won that will start to turn the tide against the race to the bottom and the privatisation of the NHS.
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In The Socialist 11 June 2014:
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NHS: Private profit kills
Newark byelection: capitalist parties in crisis
'Trojan Horse': who is attacking education?
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Them & Us
Tiananmen Square 1989
The battle of Orgreave
International socialist news and analysis
Spain: European elections redefine political map
Greece: CWI councillors elected
Socialist Party workplace news
10 July: United action can beat austerity
Bakers' union calls for general strike
Unison: No waiting for Labour - fight the job cuts
Housing workers strike against rep suspension
Firefighters to walk out for 24-hours
Care UK workers continue dispute
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Now is the time to join the Socialists!
Why I'm a socialist
Stevenage: EDL not welcome here
Cuts consensus: Labour joins with Ukip to back Tory council
Readers' comments and reviews
Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall
Obituary: George Duff
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