CARE workers in Doncaster are to ballot on strikes to stop bosses imposing new contracts that drive down their pay and conditions.
Care union Unison announced the ballot at private firm Runwood Homes, which runs seven care homes in South Yorkshire, yesterday.
About 250 workers have been told they could be dismissed if they refuse to sign the new contracts by tomorrow, according to Unison.
The privateers have systematically attacked the wages and conditions of former council employees whose jobs have been transferred to them, the union said.
Care homes and support for elderly and disabled people have been transferred to profit-driven private companies.
Unison regional organiser Rianne Johnson warned the new contracts would cost staff “thousands of pounds per year.”
She said: “Our members are already low paid but the new contracts would take them down to the poverty line. In a civilised society we should not be treating those who care for the most vulnerable people in our communities in such a way.”
She warned that strike action was likely by September.