Runwood Homes has announced plans to cut the wages of 250 former council workers at seven homes in Doncaster.
The care home provider plans to reduce basis pay for care assistants from £8.82 to £7.68 at the loss-making properties, The Doncaster Star reported.
Logan Logeswaran, Runwood Homes managing director (pictured), told Care Home Professional: “Runwood have always maintained staff terms following all local authority transfers. But at Doncaster, the losses have been made by huge staff costs and very low occupancy, Runwood had no choice but to act responsibly to safeguard the care homes viability and to retain staff employment.
“We have commenced consultation with our staff to agree a plan in resolving the current issues facing the homes. The consultations with staff are taking place now and we will do all in our ability to reach an amicable plan which will secure care homes viability and long term security for staff employment.”
The plans, which also include scrapping weekly allowances for working unsociable hours and reducing benefits, affect workers who joined Runwood following the acquisition of council homes in September 2015.
A partner of one employee told The Star that the homes could be forced to close if Runwood forced the changes through and lost staff.