Workers at a North London care home have today launched a second wave of strike action demanding a £12 per hour living wage, trade union recognition, full sick pay and annual leave in line with NHS rates.
The action by members of the United Voices of the World (UVW) union at Sage Nursing Home in Golders Green follows a three-day walk-out by some staff members last month.
Molly de Dios Fisher, a UVW organiser, said: “The majority of care workers in the private sector earn below the real living wage, and London along with the North of England is the worst place for underpayment. So all eyes are on this dispute. Care workers and their unions know that a win for the Sage Nursing Home workers could be the catalyst needed for a sea change across the sector.”
The nursing home is run by Sage, a charity overseen by volunteer trustees, serving the Jewish community.
A spokesman for the home said: “Sage would love to be in a position to be able to pay more to our staff who do a great job. Care home staff are invaluable to our society. However, the harsh economic reality of the world in which we live is that Sage already is running at an operating loss of approximately £10,000 per month while paying the normal care sector rates to staff. Unless and until care homes are better funded, we struggle to see how we can pay more and remain solvent.
Sage said it fully expected the UVW’s action to continue “indefinitely” and had put measures in place to avoid major disruption and to the safe running of the care home.