JEREMY CORBYN has given his backing to housing workers in Wales who are on strike over pay cuts, praising them for the valuable work they do.
The Labour leader urged employers Bron Afon to reach a swift resolution to the long-running dispute with Unison members in Torfaen.
The workers are taking their ninth day of strike action after bosses imposed a new contract in April that slashed pay by an average of £3,000 while increasing service hours and caseloads.
Support workers at the not-for-profit organisation provide assistance to vulnerable adults in their own homes and serve as their advocates in dealing with housing and financial issues.
Among those they help are people with mental health problems or addictions and victims of domestic abuse.
Unison members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.
A support worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “They have taken advantage of our commitment. We don’t work here to get rich. It’s the social value of our job. They have abused our loyalty and love for the work we do.”
Mr Corbyn said: “I send solidarity to the striking Unison members at Bron Afon Community Housing on their ninth day of action.
“We know how important you are to the Torfaen community, helping vulnerable service users stay in their homes and receive the support they deserve. I thank you for your dedication and the work you do.
“I urge Bron Afon to direct all its energies to resolving this dispute quickly and satisfactorily, and support the work of local MP Nick Thomas-Symonds and local Assembly Member Lynne Neagle in their efforts to bring about a resolution.”