A strike by emergency care workers at Greenwich council, due to start on Friday (13 September), has been suspended as council bosses have halted plans to downgrade the service for the time being, Unite,  Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 11 September).

Unite said the seven Telecare Service workers, who are on call for more than 2,000 vulnerable people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, have suspended the strike as the council has agreed not to impose its proposals at present.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The council has now halted introducing these changes, which we believe would seriously erode the service for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, for the time being.

“As a result, we have suspended the continuous strike due to have started on Friday, so more talks can take place with the council’s management.

“Unite will enter into these negotiations in a constructive frame of mind, however, we reserve the right to reinstate strike action if sufficient and sustained progress is not made.”

The proposals, now suspended, that caused such concern include sending only one Telecare Service worker in an emergency, instead of two currently; and shifts starting at 01.30 in the morning.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065
Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.