Care UK strikers hit the streets of London

Care UK strikers taking their dispute onto the streets of London


Striking Care UK workers took their struggle to the streets of London today, as they used an open-top bus ride to raise awareness of their dispute.

In the morning, they had lobbied the headquarters of private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, which owns Care UK.

Later, they were welcomed at UNISON Centre by members of the union’s NEC, the president, Lucia McKeever, and the rest of the presidential team, and general secretary Dave Prentis.

When their current spell of industrial action ends, they will have been on strike for 90 days.

Last weekend, Twitter was abuzz with reminders that Care UK’s chairman, John Nash, was made a peer after donating £247,250 to the Conservative Party.

Those donations included £21,000 to former shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley as he drew up the Tory health reforms.

 Care UK has been handed £102.6m of NHS contracts. According to a Mirror report, the company’s healthcare revenue soared by 63.2% from £189.7m a year in 2012 to £309.5m last year.