Low paid UNISON members working as Support Workers and Senior Support workers for Choice Support in Wakefield have voted to strike over cuts to their pay and conditions.
Choice Support which prides its self on being a ‘leading social care charity’ has operated the supported living contract which is commissioned by Wakefield Council for several years.
They were recently successful in their bid to run the contract for a further 3 years with a possible extension of 2 years.
The effects of these cuts will leave members facing severe hardship with real term cuts of thousands of pounds annually.
The same members who provide a vital service to some of the most vulnerable in society, whose jobs are already both physically and mentally challenging, are now being told they must do it for even less money, and on worse terms and conditions.
To add further insult, Choice Support has informed UNISON members that if they don’t agree to the draconian cuts, they will serve them with notices of dismissal to take place before the end of March 2014, when they will be offered re-engagement on worse terms and conditions.
Choice Support is not a charity that is in financial difficulty.