Tuesday, 25 June 2013


ON Saturday 29th June there will be a march and rally in support of 114 UNISON members who have already taken 5 days action and are about to embark on 4 more, in an attempt to bring their employer, Future Directions CIC, back to the table to re-look at the drastic cuts that have been imposed. The company, established by Calderstones NHS to deliver services at a reduced cost, took on the contract from Rochdale Council to provide supported living services in the Borough, knowing that they would be unable to maintain terms and conditions of staff. Cuts include losses to pay, removal of enhancements, reduced sick pay scheme and holiday entitlement. Nearly 100 unfair dismissal cases will be lodged for members this week. 

The march and rally in Rochdale Town Centre on Saturday 29th June, will start at 11:00 am from the Butts. The route through the centre of the town is short and will be followed by a rally on the Butts, ending at approximately 12 noon. Further detailed information and a map will be available later this week. We urgently need volunteers who can steward the march and rally, who will be available from 10:00 am till 12:30 pm on Saturday. For more details, please contact myself or Karen Longmire at k.longmire@unison.co.uk, or 07957 504 885.

The fight that this group of workers face today could be that of any union member tomorrow, and I hope that you will issue this appeal for support to our sister Unions in the region. The Branch will also need support in order to sustain action, and messages of support and donations to the strike fund can be sent to Helen Harrison, Branch Secretary, Rochdale UNISON, 45 Richard Street, Rochdale, OL11 1DU. Cheques can be made payable to Rochdale UNISON.

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