Wage victory for Sage nursing home workers


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From The Socialist newspaper, November 24, 2021

Sage picket line, UVW photo (Click to enlarge)

Workers at Sage nursing homes in Golders Green, north London, have won an 11% pay rise to at least £ 11.05 an hour following a strike. The conflict began at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 when workers were forced to make their own PPE, and it escalated from there.

Members of the United Voices of the World (UVW), who work in care, housekeeping and maintenance, will now receive the London Living Wage. UVW described the move as a “huge victory for pandemic heroes”.

Bile, a senior social worker at Sage, said: “We have gone above and beyond to stand up for what we deserve. We know that none of us acting alone can be successful and we understand that there is still some way to go. way to go.”

UVW anticipates that this strike will be a historic turning point for caregivers. The courage of these workers could certainly serve as a lesson and an inspiration.

But for this strike to lead to more widespread industrial action, as the Socialist said in February: “It is vital that not only the UVW, but other big unions – Unite, GMB and Unison – come up with a plan. to popularize these demands and connect workers across the sector. This could spur some of the lowest paid workers to join a union and fight for a set of sweeping demands. “

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