Care workers, catering and domestic support staff working for Sirona Care & Health were today (Tuesday) informed that their roles will be returning to Bath and North East Somerset Council.
The news comes after Sirona announced it would be handing back the contract to provide community resource centres and extra care facilities in September. The services will be back under full council control after with effect from 1st September 2020.
UNISON regional organiser John Drake said:
“UNISON has been campaigning alongside care workers in Bath to call for their service to be brought back under direct council control following the dispute we had with Sirona in 2018.
“This decision by Bath and North East Somerset Council is the correct one and we will work closely with the council to ensure continued quality of care for both residents and staff.
“UNISON believes that all adult social care should be adequately funded and run by local authorities who are best placed to plan and deliver care services in their area. We call on all local authorities to bring back in house care services as and when the opportunity arises.”