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Neath Port Talbot Gwalia staff travel to Doncaster in support of care workers — as they announce they will strike

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

Gwalia staff have voted to strike over contract amendments.

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NEATH Port Talbot Gwalia staff have voted to strike in a protest against new contracts.

The vote result of 80.5 per cent was announced by the Unison union on Friday — a day before some affected members visited Doncaster to show solidarity to care workers who are suffering the same issues.

Neath Port Talbot Gwalia staff transferred from the local authority to the company two years ago and now say they are being forced to sign new contracts with new pay and working conditions.

But Richard Davies, of Grwp Gwalia, said earlier this month, that a new pay protection agreement had been agreed for a further 18 months.

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A Unison spokesman said: "Despite announcements from Gwalia management that 95 per cent of the staff are happy with their new contracts, this vote shows that this is not true.

"Our members feel that they were forced to sign the contract with threats of dismissal. Our members have shown consistently over the last few months that they have always been against it."

Alison Lewis, of Briton Ferry, a care officer for six years, who supported the Doncaster strikers, said: "It is important that workers support each other, we are all being attacked and we need a united fight."

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