Stoke-on-Trent council scraps care pay cuts

Unions pressure council to drop pay cuts for local government workers

Care workers in Stoke-on-Trent, represented by UNISON, have successfully fought off council pay cuts.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s intention was to stop extra payments for StokeCare staff working weekends and unsociable hours. After a protest outside its offices last week, the plans were voted down by 22 to 19 votes.

UNISON regional organiser Tony Jones said the plans were in effect a 20% pay cut for members.

Unions including UNISON, GMB and Unite said the plans would affect up to 120 different roles in care homes and respite care, as well as customer service workers, library and park teams.

A spokesman for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is run by a Conservative and Independent coalition, said that as the proposals were not agreed the budget would be discussed at a reconvened meeting on 6 March.