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Labour’s privatisation plans means wage cut for home care staff.

June 25, 2013 8:00 PM

RCT Council has proposed changes to the terms and conditions of some of the lowest paid Council staff who provide an essential service to elderly and vulnerable residents in the County.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has branded as "disgraceful" plans to put Home Care staff on 'zero hours' contracts as part of a package which will also see more services handed over to private contractors.

"It is unbelievable that these measures are being put forward by a Labour Council who claim to be the Party who stand up for the workers, and who so vehemently oppose any mention of the use of private providers if mentioned by anyone else.

"An email I received from Bob Gatis, the Service Director in charge of Social Care on 13th June stated that the Council was in discussion with Unions regarding changes to the homecare service. These changes, as well as affecting staff terms and conditions 'include the potential to increase the proportion of home care services provided by external providers.'

"The excuses given were, as usual, the anticipated cuts in public spending. However, this Labour Council swept back into power on promises of protecting public services, but as usual they are letting down their workers. Thy can afford to pay extortionate salaries to Chief Officers, yet the lowest paid workers suffer as usual.

"They say this is a consultation exercise, and staff views will be taken on board. They said the same when they undertook the review of terms and conditions a few years ago which resulted in the lowest paid staff begun worse off.

"It smacks of hypocrisy - say one thing, do another. They are a disgrace."