Last Saturday, members of York People’s Assembly and local Trade Unions showed support for striking CareUK staff by joining a march in Doncaster town centre. The campaign is heading towards its fourth strike period – a full two weeks of action. Also attending the rally were workers from Swansea. Their jobs have been outsourced to Gwalia, but the issues they face are identical.
CareUK owners Bridgepoint are demanding a slash-and-burn policy on wages and conditions to ensure high returns from their takeover of formerly NHS-provided services. Bridgepoint also own highstreet brands Pret a Manger and Fatface, and web brand Wiggle. Recently campaigners in Sheffield took action outside their local Fatface store to spread the message that this isn’t some small, isolated group of workers, but part of a much bigger picture.
Anyone interested in bringing these tactics to York should attend our next meeting on Monday April 28th, 7.30pm at the TSSA office on Nunnery Lane, when we’ll be discussing them after a short film showing.