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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 June 2014

Care UK workers continue dispute

Alistair Tice

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:


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS: Private profit kills

Newark byelection: capitalist parties in crisis

'Trojan Horse': who is attacking education?

World Cup carnival can't hide corruption and injustice

Them & Us


Anniversaries

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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