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Industrial Ballot Across Doncaster Care Homes

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Union issues call for support for alternative proposals as low paid care workers face 24% pay cut.
GMB, the union for care workers, has today announced they have been left with no other option but to move to industrial action ballot after talks failed with one of the UK's fastest growing care providers, Runwood Homes.
Runwood Homes announced in April 2017 to all staff who transferred over from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC), a proposal which will see pay, terms and conditions slashed to almost the statutory minimum after only being transferred out from the DMBC less than 2 years ago. 
DMBC made the decision to sell off their last remaining Council run homes to Runwood Homes in a bid to retain services to the community through a cost cutting exercise as a result of both national and local government spending cuts within adult social care.
The seven homes affected are Gattison House, Rossington; Owston View, Carcroft; Oldfield House, Stainforth; Rose House, Armthorpe; Plantation View, Cantley; Stenson Court, Balby and Rowena House, Conisbrough.
GMB has drafted an alternative proposal - and issued a call for support [1].
Deanne Ferguson, GMB Regional Organiser, said:
"The proposed changes to our members pay, terms and conditions are some of the most brutal attacks I have ever seen on already low paid workers across Doncaster.
"Members face losing between £300 and 400 per month pay, with the most affected losing £900 per month once a 24% reduction in pay is implemented.
"Along with my other union colleagues, I have been working hard to offer sound alternatives as a counter proposal to Runwood Homes but sadly Runwood have refused to respond leaving us with no option but to move to an industrial action ballot.
"This decision has not been taken lightly, my members who are mainly women working within the care sector would never have considered taking industrial action, however they simply cannot afford to live decently if these cuts are implemented. 
"This is a very difficult and delicate situation, one which I am working with my members to ensure we have the full support of the residents' families and communities where these homes reside. I have also written out to all MPs, Labour councillors, and Ros Jones as Mayor calling for their urgent support.
"We hope Runwood Homes will reconsider their proposal to protect almost 300 employees across Doncaster from suffering at such a large detriment."
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