Look Ahead - Strike On!
Unite the union’s members in Look Ahead will now be starting a seven day strike from Thursday 10th July (alongside millions of public sector workers) until Wednesday 16th July.
The members work at a vital mental health service and are already on low pay, having received an average pay cut of 15% less than two years ago. Yet now, their disgraceful employer is expecting them to take a further 14% pay cut. Skilled posts are to be deleted in a service which is already stretched to the limits. Look Ahead Care and Support is notorious within the care sector for undercutting other provider on service costs to win contracts, then slashing staff terms and conditions and the quality of services in order to make the contract pay. Publicly funded service contracts are thus squeezed to make a surplus, which is then partly used for lavish executive pay rises.
Unite members at Look Ahead have already held two protest days outside their commissioners, Hackney Council. See also The Gallery.
The most recently available accounts for Look Ahead show 12% growth, reserves of £61 million and a £60k pay rise for their highest paid executive. Instead of providing surpluses for these huge executive salaries, public funds should be spent on ensuring decent, safe and properly staffed residential care for vulnerable members of our community. It is pure corporate greed.
Picket line details are to be agreed and will be posted here shortly.