Care workers at Thera East Midlands protest in Derby
TODAY care workers have gathered for a second protest in Derby over proposed cuts to wages.
Employees from Thera East Midlands, which helps provide home care for people with learning disabilities, gathered in Derby’s Osnabruck Square, to protest about the cuts, this afternoon.
A protest was held in the same place last month.
The union has said that, as well as pay cuts, the organisation plans reductions to sick pay and to end overtime for bank holidays, weekends and nights for all workers.
The workers are upset about a lack of consultation and the effect it will have on the quality of their work.
Some of them fear that they will need to find new jobs if Thera pushes ahead with the wage cuts.
Today, Gary Freeman, Unison representative for Thera’s Derbyshire workers, said: “Employers sent a letter to staff yesterday, saying that in seven to 10 days they will be receiving their new contract. The union's position is that members should not sign and should come to the union meeting on Tuesday."
He said that on Monday there would be a result of the official ballot about a majority wanted strike action.
The meeting on Tuesday will be held at the YMCA in London Road, Derby, at 8pm.