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.
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
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.