Council workers embark on two-day strike after Your Choice Barnet refuses to budge over pay

Barnet UNISONUNISON members working for Your Choice Barnet (YCB) today begin a two-day strike in a bid to reverse a 9.5% pay cut.

The union has met numerous times with YCB, but the employer has not made an offer that is acceptable to its members – the best being a 7.9% cut.

UNISON branch secretary John Burgess said: “Our members held back from taking action before Christmas in order not to disrupt the service for service users and their carers at such a sensitive time of the year. This demonstrates again their professionalism and dedication but also their determination to stand up to attacks on their terms and conditions.

“Our members tell us they are working harder than ever with increasing levels of stress and no prospect of a pay rise. They report the first day they have off from work is used simply to recover from the stressful week they have had. The pay cut has left many of our colleagues finding it particularly hard to make ends meet.  They have made it clear to us they want to see a substantial shift in any new proposals from YCB in order to end the dispute.”

 


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