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Home care strikers Jan 15 2019

Homecare strike update

Last week members of the ruling Birmingham Council Labour group voted to walk out of ACAS talks with Unison and impose their new working conditions on the low paid moslty women workers who work in Home Care services.

By all accounts it was a controversial and not at all overwhelming vote to do this.The results were 21 to 28. Several council members including Olly Armstrong, Labour Councillor Northfield, came out to the crowd of homecare workers who gathered outside the Council House to voice their appreciation and support of the workers.

Councillor Mahmood resigned his post over the descion and here's the video of him speaking outside.


He also tweeted:

Cllr Majid Mahmood ?? @CllrMajid

I will not be a party to using Tory legislation to attack our trade union comrades. This goes against the very fabric of my socialist principles. I was elected by citizens on a @UKLabour platform of equality, justice and fairness  

 According to the Birmingham Post "He has particularly spoken to colleagues at his frustration over the council's handling of the dispute with enablement service workers and the closure of city council-managed children's nurseries and has complained of feeling 'gagged'."

The next step is a TUC organised rally on Tuesday 29th January and a leafleting campaign in the wards of the three most senior Council cabinet members, to bring the public's attention to the Home care workers and also to the actions of the Labour group.



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