UNISON members take action after being outsourced

UNISON BarnetCareworkers in Barnet are today back on strike after receiving a 9% pay cut.

The UNISON members, who provide support and care services to disabled adult, are taking their seventh day of action at outsourced Your Choice Barnet and will tomorrow take their eighth.

Unison Branch Secretary John Burgess said: “The driving motivation for our members in this dispute is their fears about what is happening to the quality of services.

“Low pay in the care sector does not deliver high quality services. It does not appear to work for Capita, we are at a loss as to understand why this would work for care workers in YCB.”

Barnet UNISON says the council has clearly been giving preferential treatment to its private contractors with the news of Capita has already received £110 million in the first 16 months of the two contracts.

If YCB were to receive this, it would carry on producing a service to the residents on the scale it does for the next 18 years with no pay cut to staff.

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