“We went out on strike, we won some of what we asked for and now we are going again to get the rest.”Julia, care worker and UVW member
Care workers, domestic and maintenance staff at Sage Nursing home in North London are calling for an improved sick pay scheme, a pay rise that reflects inflation, and enhancement for weekend and night shift work.
The Covid heroes and key workers at Sage Nursing home took strike action in the height of the pandemic that garnered support from around the country and was seen as an emblematic dispute for precarious workers in the care sector.
Their protest action included a noisy and colourful picket line and a ‘Solidarity Bus’ to central London where workers surprised security staff at Freshwater House – the offices of billionaire trustee Benzion Shalom Elizer Freshwater in Central London – when they made a noisy entrance to deliver a letter detailing demands they said had hitherto fallen upon deaf ears.
UVW members have informed Sage Trustees that they are open to sitting down at the table with their union to discuss their demands.
THE WORKERS DEMAND:
A full pay sick pay scheme
An inflation matching pay rise reviewed on a yearly basis and increased in line with RPI
Enhancements for Saturday shifts and night shifts
A paid 1-hour break during the night shift
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