care for carers

Care workers in residential and extra care employed by Sirona across Bath & North East Somerset are taking action to protect their pay!

What is the care workers’ dispute about?

Care staff have been told by Sirona management to accept a thirty minute “unpaid break” into most shifts. Most of the workers earn just above the minimum wage and can’t afford to take a further financial hit.

Care workers would then either lose half an hour’s pay per shift, or see these unpaid breaks stack up over time. Workers would have to work shifts for free in effect, in order to “pay back” their breaks.

Read the full background to the dispute

Get the latest in the Sirona Striker issue 1!

Why have Sirona come up with this plan?

Sirona has been put in a difficult situation by B&NES council. The council has cut the amount of money it pays Sirona by £215,000 per year.

What can you do to care for carers?

We need all our supporters in B&NES to write to local councillors telling them to fund Sirona properly

Use our template letter to write to your councillor. You can find your councillor at Write To Them

If you don’t live in B&NES, you should adjust our template and write to Tim Warren (leader of the council) and Vic Pritchard (cabinet member for social care).

If you are part of a local group of any kind please consider the following steps:

  • Donate to the strike fund. The staff are losing money every time they strike and the fund helps deal with some hardship.
  • Send a cheque made out to UNISON B&NES c/o UNISON South West, Vintry house, Wine street, Bristol BS1 2BD.
  • Alternatively make a bank transfer with the reference SIRONA HARDSHIP to  Bath & North East Somerset Unison Branch, Account Number: 49025813, Sort Code: 608301
What happens next?

We are confident B&NES council will see sense and find the relatively small amount of money to fix this problem. But until then the care workers have no alternative but to go on strike.

  • 6 June – 24 hour strike from 08:00
  • Then a two hour strike every other day throughout June, at various times of day.


Sirona care worker strike dates set as B&NES refuses to intervene

A period of rolling strike action will hit care firm Sirona throughout June after UNISON today announced the dates care workers will walk out. More than one hundred care workers will go on strike for 24 hours on 6 June, followed by a series of shorter walkouts every other day for the rest of the […]

Overwhelming support for Sirona care workers strike over pay cuts

More than 100 care workers are set to strike against Sirona’s plan for pay cuts after UNISON’s ballot today showed overwhelming (95%) support for action. The staff, working in care homes in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton, are opposing management plans that would mean choosing between working longer hours for the same pay or seeing […]

Trade unions win reinstatement of Living Wage at University of Bath

Senior managers at the University of Bath have agreed to proposals from UNISON and other trade unions to reinstate a minimum hourly rate of £8.75 and to seek accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation. UNISON, the public service union representing the 300 staff affected, has welcomed the decision as an urgently needed first step towards addressing […]

B&NES care workers to vote on strike over Sirona pay cut

Sirona staff in UNISON will vote on strike action over changes to their pay and rotas. The changes would see around 200 care workers taking a pay cut, or having to work longer to get the same income. Bosses issued notice that unless staff accept the Sirona pay cut, they will be dismissed and re-engaged […]