Care firm workers to protest over cuts to wages and changes in conditions
CARE workers angry about proposed cuts to their wages are to protest in Derby tomorrow.
Employees from Thera East Midlands – which helps provide home care for people with learning disabilities – said they also wanted to draw attention to a lack of consultation over changes to working conditions and the effect it would have on the quality of their work.
The protest has been organised to take place in Osnabrück Square from 12.30pm until 2.15pm, followed by an informal meeting at Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, in Queen Street.
Union Unison said the action was being taken following a ballot of staff in the East Midlands, with 93% in favour of striking. A spokesman said: "The workers want to take their protest to the public following overwhelming support for strike action.
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"They want to draw attention to proposed cuts to wages and terms and conditions, the lack of consultation and the impact of proposals on the quality of care.
"Unison, representing workers, responded to Thera East Midlands' proposal document and sent two letters but have received no reply.
"And families who use the service say they have not been properly consulted."
A spokesman for Thera East Midlands said: "As part of our pay review consultation, we are talking to as many staff people as possible and with elected representatives to ensure everyone is fully aware of, and engaged in, the proposals.
"The consultation process began in October and is continuing. We have just issued a fourth set of questions and answers to our staff.
"All comments and questions from staff are being given full consideration and we have already issued revised proposals through the consultation process.
"It remains, however, far too early to comment further at this stage on the overall outcome of the consultation process."