The Socialist

The Socialist 29 May 2013

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The Socialist issue 767

Evict this millionaires' government

Campaign to stop bedroom tax evictions!


No to terrorism! No to racism! No to war!


Unite to fight racism!

Even the cutters say cuts aren't working!

This is what's 'not to like' about Free Schools, Boris

Nasty party exposed by equal marriage bill

Stop the NHS privatisation rip-off


Rotten greedy banks still threaten crisis


PCS conference sends defiant message to the government

PCS Land Registry delegates commit to action

Strike action needed to save Royal Mail

Wales TUC conference - a missed opportunity

No future with Future Directions

Fire service cuts

Workplace News in brief


Haringey TUSC: trade unions and communities prepare for 2014

'Brilliant' South West conference sees record turnout

Fund the fightback in the SP collectathon

Boosting South West Wales paper sales

Socialist Party youth organisers meeting Sunday 30 June, 10.30am-4.30pm, London


Oppose Kazakhstan regime's latest campaign clampdown

South Africa: Eye-witness to the developing struggle

Riots expose inequality in Sweden

Sri Lanka: Working class beginning to move forward


Salford Socialist Students help lead fightback against job and course cuts

London students fight union closure plan

 
 
 
 

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No future with care company Future Directions

Dozens of North West Unison union activists descended on Rochdale on the Bank Holiday weekend to support Unison members at Future Directions, a 'social care' company.

The 114 employees support people with learning disabilities in their own homes, and used to work for the council.

Privatised and run by a charity since 2006, in October last year the business was bought by Future Directions, a private company 100% owned by Calderstones NHS Trust (work that one out!).

Ever since, they have been battling to maintain conditions of service against an all-out onslaught - holidays down from eight to four weeks, no sick pay for the first three days and only for one month, no premium rates, you name it, the company wants everything.

Unison ballotted for three-day strike action to take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, and the workers responded with enthusiasm: 72% voted, 95+% voted to strike and the three-day Bank Holiday was selected.

Calderstone's NHS tried to get its own workers to scab over the weekend by offering to pay the very premium rates they want to deny their own staff! Prompt contact with Calderstone's Unison branch scotched that one.

Court injunction

Then, on the day before the strike was due to start - Saturday 25th May - the company gave notice it was seeking an injunction.

Set for a Manchester court at 1.00pm, the hearing was then transferred to Chester, giving the union the run-around.

The injunction to stop the strike was granted, on the same grounds that injunctions have been used against the RMT union, ie that the union had failed to supply the full details of the strikers' workplaces, which are of course the clients' homes.

Needless to say the management knew exactly where staff worked because they had demanded an exemption in every single client's case (several were agreed, including in the case of a terminally ill client).

So what should have been a strike rally nevertheless went ahead with workers who were off-shift, in brilliant sunshine and with big support from other branches.

Angela, who has worked for the service for 20 years, commented: "They say they have the experience but we're the only ones with the experience.

We are like family members to our clients. I travelled with one to visit his parents in France where they now live. We won't go down without a fight".

John Morrison, Unison steward, echoed her confidence: "We believe we will get our way".

This is a must-win dispute for Unison in the North West. A victory here would give heart to other care workers and to those still battling against privatisation. We haven't heard the last from the workers at Future Directions.

Paul Gerrard

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 28 May 2013 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Scrap the Bedroom tax

Evict this millionaires' government

Campaign to stop bedroom tax evictions!


Socialist Party editorial

No to terrorism! No to racism! No to war!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Unite to fight racism!

Even the cutters say cuts aren't working!

This is what's 'not to like' about Free Schools, Boris

Nasty party exposed by equal marriage bill

Stop the NHS privatisation rip-off


Socialist Party review

Rotten greedy banks still threaten crisis


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS conference sends defiant message to the government

PCS Land Registry delegates commit to action

Strike action needed to save Royal Mail

Wales TUC conference - a missed opportunity

No future with Future Directions

Fire service cuts

Workplace News in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Haringey TUSC: trade unions and communities prepare for 2014

'Brilliant' South West conference sees record turnout

Fund the fightback in the SP collectathon

Boosting South West Wales paper sales

Socialist Party youth organisers meeting Sunday 30 June, 10.30am-4.30pm, London


International socialist news and analysis

Oppose Kazakhstan regime's latest campaign clampdown

South Africa: Eye-witness to the developing struggle

Riots expose inequality in Sweden

Sri Lanka: Working class beginning to move forward


Socialist Students

Salford Socialist Students help lead fightback against job and course cuts

London students fight union closure plan


 

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