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VIDEO: Striking Care UK staff head to recording studio

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Striking Care UK workers swapped their placards for microphones and headed to the recording studio to lay down their own anthem about cuts in the NHS.

The song, composed by resident Doug Wright and his granddaughter Georgina Benson, was performed by care workers at Higher Rhythm Recording Studio.

The lyrics included: “We’re fighting for the NHS we are, we are, We won’t be conned by the government’s lies, We’ll occupy and nationalise, We’re fighting for the NHS until the day we die.” and there was no doubt about the depth of feeling.

Strikers certainly made their voices heard at the recording session that was filmed for YouTube.

The recording comes after striking staff returned to work on Tuesday following the latest 14-day walk out in support of a pay claim for the national living wage of £7.65 an hour.

They rate is above the current rate of just £7 an hour and would be a meaningful pay rise for all staff.

The latest action means the strikers will have taken a total of 48 days’ strike action since February.

Speaking about the song, co-writer Doug Wright said: “It was quite a spontaneous thing really, I felt strongly about the cause and decided it would be a good thing to do.

“I was chuffed to hear the outcome, it sounded fantastic and all the strikers were behind it.

“It was a lot of fun and something the strikers can sing when they are travelling around the country highlighting their cause.

“My granddaughter, who co-wrote the songs works for the NHS, and I’m keen to support local campaigns so I thought this would be a good way to show support.”

More than 50 Unison members headed to London last week to confront bosses of Bridgepoint which owns Care UK.

Unison regional organiser Jim Bell said:“In total members have seen their pay cut by up to 35 per cent which makes it impossible for them to meet the most basic costs of living.”

Care UK’s director of learning disability services Chris Hindle said: “The union has indicated verbally it is demanding a pay rise of up to 10 per cent. 
“This is simply unrealistic in light of the reduced funding from the council and seems totally at odds with what is happening in comparable jobs in the NHS and other public sector roles where settlements, if any, are a fraction of this.”

Care workers are striking over changes they claim could see some workers lose up to 50 per cent of take-home pay.

Care UK looks after 140 people with learning disabilities in 40 properties in Doncaster and said the proposed changes would protect jobs.

 

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