Plans to cut care workers’ pay on hold

Strike action on hold as an agreement is reached

Care workers in Bath and North East Somerset have called off strike action today (Monday) after an agreement was reached between UNISON and Sirona Care & Health.

Sirona has halted its plans to restructure working patterns that would leave carers “owing” bosses 30 minutes of work per shift.

The agreement came after Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) council referred the issue to the Health & Wellbeing scrutiny panel, which is expected to meet at the end of September.

UNISON south west regional organiser John Drake said: “Coming to this agreement after the council’s decision makes sense.

“Care workers can now focus on delivering compassionate care for some of the most vulnerable members of society.

“This decision doesn’t mean the issue is resolved, but it’s an opportunity to reflect on the issue and seek alternative solutions.”