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One striker wrote on the card 

"Dear Ian Ward, thanks for all the stress you're giving us! Hope you sleep well at night for what you're doing to us! Merry Christmas!! While you're sat cosy around you're Christmas tree, we're worried about money and our jobs. After 26 years of working for the council missing Christmas & New Year with my children & family. Thnaks for your appreciation NOT!  PS: Shame on you for how you're treating older people aswell"

 

If you want to support the Home Care strikers ,see the story below for how you can help.

 

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Dear member

I am writing to all UNISON Birmingham Branch members to update you on the dispute being fought by our members in the City Councils home care enablement service and to appeal for your solidarity.

They have now been in dispute with Birmingham Labour Council for over 12 months and despite taking 41 days’ strike action so far the Council is still insisting on making substantial cuts to the service. This includes cutting the hours of home-carers that will lead to a huge pay cut for many staff that do not fit into the new contract hours being offered. I’m sure you are aware our enablement assistants are grade 2 staff most of whom are on spinal column point 17 (earning around £18,000 if full time) so a cut of up to £5,800 pounds would mean not being able to keep up with mortgage payments and struggling to pay basic household bills.

The strikers are determined to win this dispute and have plans for a further days of strike action in late November and December.

The strength of our union depends on our collective support for one and other as in a union we are stronger together. A victory for the Home carers will make the Council think twice before they try to attack the pay of other council staff.

So far we have received magnificent support and solidarity from branch members, other trade unionists and the public with over £80,000 donated to our Branch Hardship fund. However, as the amount of strike action has increased the demands on the Hardship Fund have also grown and we have paid out almost all of the money collected. We are committed that our members will not be forced back to work through financial hardship so we urgently need further donations.

If you have already made a personal donation we are very grateful but would ask if you could consider giving further support.

On payday on Wednesday 28th November 2018 Homecare strikers will be holding a bucket collection outside several of the major City Council workplaces between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Please stop and give solidarity wishes and a donation to the Hardship Fund.

If you are not at a workplace with a collection you can make a donation directly to Birmingham UNISON Hardship Fund Unity Trust Bank Sort Code 60-83-01 account number 36009981.

We also have a gofundme page at  https://www.gofundme.com/birmingham-home-care-strike?fbclid=IwAR0AGDmDhZFuCdWR2uWiBQqA8csm-kBfiTEC_IIa02eiHjT84JciezlHnzU that we would ask you to share on social media and we have a strikers Facebook page where you can keep updated on activities and like and share what the strikers are doing. The page is called Support the Birmingham home care strikers.

The vast majority of enablement assistants had never taken action before this strike and their sheer courage and determination should be applauded.  Women have borne the brunt of Tory Austerity in this country and on the anniversary of 100 years since the suffragettes won votes for women it is shame that some of our lowest paid colleagues are having to lead the fight against Austerity today. 

Your solidarity means the world to them and it is the kindness and solidarity from across the UK that has lifted their spirits and made the strike more solid today than when it started.  Please do all you can to ensure that they are not forced to give up through the lack of funds in the hardship account.

 

Yours in solidarity

Caroline Johnson

Branch Secretary

Unison Birmingham Branch

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Homecarers met recently to debate on whether to continue with their strike. The vote was to carry on with it.

See the video here

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Last week a group of strikers went into the Council House having marched up New Street to it. They were protesting at a Council meeting about the current Home Carers situation. Mostly women dressed as men, they attracted quite a bit of public attention but how did they Council respond to this? Well take a look at the security guards over zealous reaction to the protestors. 

https://www.facebook.com/birminghamunison/videos/402666633604279/?t=7

 The strikes continue.

 

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The Birmingham Home Carers have been in dispute with  Birmingham City  Council, for over 12 months and despite taking over 30 days of full strike action so far the Council is still insisting on making substantial cuts to the service.

This includes cutting the hours of the home carers which will lead to a pay cut of between £5,000 and £11,000 per year (for already low paid workers) and imposing unworkable shift patterns. Additionally, this will be reducing a much needed and valued service to the communities of Birmingham - a job which the Home Care workers take pride in.

The strikers are determined to win this dispute and have planned a further 15 days of strike action in November.

So far we have received magnificent support and solidarity from other trade unionists and the public with donations made to our Branch Hardship fund. However, as the amount of strike action has increased the demands on the Hardship Fund have also grown. UNISON Birmingham Branch are committed to our members and we do not want them to be forced back to work through financial hardship so we urgently need further donations.

Please help the Birmingham Home Carers as they fight to save their jobs and livelihood, as well as defending public services for Birmingham citizens!

If you can contribute towards their hardship fund it will help keep the battle going until the workers get victory! 

So if you want to contribute there is a funding page



Any messages of support can be sent in email to info@birmighanunison.co.uk or in writing to the UNISON branch office at UNISON, 19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 The Priory Queensway., Birmingham B4 7LR. 

Also find updates and information on the dispute via our Facebook page 'Support the Birmingham Homecare Workers'!

In solidarity

UNISON Birmingham Branch

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