In Doncaster a group of workers at Care UK are striking due to cuts in pay and conditions after Care Uk took over provision of care services for adults with learning impairments in September, Care UK is seeking to boost it’s profits by attacking working conditions and replacing well trained professional carers with low paid and inexperienced staff given just half a day’s training.
After their two week strike, NHS workers in Doncaster are planning further action against their employer Care UK. Care UK is one of the largest private firms seeking to profit from the break up and privatisation of our health service and one of the bidding firms in Mathew Kershaw’s plan to break up South London Health Trust that led to the attack on Lewisham A&E.
The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign passed a motion stating that:
This meeting believes:
Care UK wants to use this model on every bit of our NHS that it can get it’s hands on including services in Lewisham. A victory against this firm will be a victory for everyone campaigning to save our health service from those that will put their profits before patient care.
This meeting recommends:
The Save Lewisham Hospital campaign build on the message of support previously sent to the Care UK strikers by raising solidarity through the campaign.
We encourage our supporters via email and the campaign website to:
a) Rush donations, solidarity messages and requests for strikers to speak at meetings to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make cheques payable to: Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch and send to: Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster DN4 5GJ
b) Email Care UK chief executive Mike Parish to complain about the way they’re treating their workers:email@example.com
c) Visit the strike Facebook ‘Doncaster Supported Living Unison Strike’ and follow on twitter: @StrikeUnison
The meeting also recommends that the steering committee invite a Care UK Striker to address a future general meeting of the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign at the earliest opportunity.
The motion was proposed byMark Dunk and seconded by Maggie Palmer