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On Saturday March 24th Home Care workers and supporters held another day of action in the continuing dispute over jobs and rota changes with Council management.  A number of stalls went up in locations all over the city. This included in Erdington (pictured).

Birmingham Unison's Caroline Johnson said: "At the stalls we will be asking the public to sign a letter to send to their local councillor in support of the strikers. These stalls will have a big impact in local areas and will give the strikers the chance to speak to the local community in the run up to the local elections."

She said that the campaign was at a " crucial stage" .

 

 

   (left) Supporters in Erdington 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(right) Supporters in Kings Heath

 

 

 

 

 

 

update: Strikes dates have been suspended for April, whilst a trial is undertaken to see if a group of Home Care workers doing their own rotas will be effective.

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Estimates of 350 people turned up in awful cold sleeting weather to show support and solidarity with Home Care workers who went on strike on Saturday 20th January.

 

Speeches were made by Birmingham branch officers and Home Care workers. Banner Theatre provided a band to entertain the crowd. 

Supporters came to Victoria Square from Manchester community group, Solihull, Telford and Erdington Labour groups.

 

The crowd marched down New Street and up High St to arrive back by the Cathedral grounds.It certainly showed the Birmingham public and the Councillors, the strength of feeling against the Council's proposed changes to the Home Care workers. BBC  Midlands Today and other local media also carried a report.  There also video footage on  our Facebook page . Unison's national secretary David Prentis also offerede a message of support on the national website .

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