Agency sacks striking workers

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A care staff agency in Yorkshire has sacked 17 homecare workers, claiming they went on strike illegally. Unique Care of Huddersfield sacked the staff when they went on strike in sympathy with a homecare manager dismissed for alleged gross misconduct. The agency is now advertising in local press for new staff. A spokeswoman for Unique Care said a number of staff with direct client contact said they were going on strike without following normal industrial procedures. “This had the obvious potential of putting our clients at risk,” said the spokeswoman. “Whatever grievances there were you don’t just walk out and leave the most vulnerable people in our community without any care.” Unique Care has a contract with local Kirklees Council to look after a total of 80 people, including a number in sheltered housing. Under strike legislation the carers should have held a ballot over strike action, a process that could take up to a month. According to the union Unison the staff were upset because the job of the

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