|Outsourced Your Choice Barnet & Care UK strikers with Russel Branch & Brian May|
Grassroots trade union member and campaigners I have just heard the shocking news that Dimensions a Social Enterprise plans wage cuts, redundancies, and service closures as a result of winning a contract from Somerset County Council to deliver social care services.
I strongly recommend reading a report written by Dexter Whitfield (commissioned by Unite the union) see here
It presents a shocking picture of a service for some our most vulnerable members of our communities being decimated.
The speed in which they want to impose these brutal measures to loyal hard working council workers is astonishing.
Sadly this is yet another example of brutal austerity policies targeting the low paid and those in need of services.
I look forward to the announcement of a robust industrial response to this outrageous attack on union members in order we can send solidarity from across the grassroots movement to both Somerset County Council and Dimensions that they will not get away with this sort of attack without a fight.
Solidarity to all the Trade Unions in Somerset County Council, please let us all know what you need from the grassroots trade union community.
P.S. Your Choice Barnet were outsourced social care staff who took strike action as a result of 33% cut in staff and a 9.5% pay cut. Care UK care workers were outsourced and took part in a 90 days of strike action in response to cuts of up to 25%. Barnet and Care UK took strike action together and met up in Parliament with John McDonnell to highlight the attacks of low paid care workers.