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Doncaster healthcare workers set to return to work after 48th strike against Care UK's 35% pay cut

Healthcare workers in Doncaster were due to return to work this morning after completing their 48th day of strike action.

After the Morning Star went to press last night they were meeting to discuss stepping up their action.

The workers lost 35 per cent of their wages — up to £6,000 a year for some — when they were transferred to profiteer Care UK from the NHS.

Care UK brought scabs from across Britain in a bid to break the latest two-week strike, putting them up in hotels at great expense.

But Unison organiser Jim Bell said he expected last night’s meeting to escalate the action.

Strikers are also calling for the living wage of £7.65 an hour for staff who have been recruited since Care UK took over. 

The firm has axed eight days’ holiday and abolished enhancement pay such as one-and-a-third time for working nights.

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