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London social care workers in strike ballot over low pay

Workers at London social care charity, Look Ahead are being balloted for strike action this week over proposed pay cuts of 14 per cent.  The staff, members of Unite, the union, will also hold a rally to reinforce their anger at these further cuts to their pay this Thursday (19 June).  More than 40 workers will stage the rally at Hackney town hall, Mare Street, Hackney E8 1EA, at 15:00.

The cuts come as Look Ahead shows growth of 12 per cent and has reserves of £61 million in the bank.  The union is also angry that the charity’s highest paid executive received a £60,000 pay rise last year.

Unite regional officer Peter Storey, said: “Members have been forced to take this action because of continual cuts to their pay and would face more hardship if the proposal for a 14 per cent cut is rammed through.

“If this proposal goes ahead, members will have received nearly a 30 per cent cut to their pay in the last two years.

“Our members work with some of the most vulnerable members of the community. They are dedicated to their clients, but they can’t afford the constant round of cuts to their pay, while working in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

“It is essential for the best residential care to be properly staffed and funded.”

Voting in the ballot started this week and will close 23 June. 


For further information please contact Rae Passfield at the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

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