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Unison: Workers at Edinburgh care home to be consulted over possible strike action

WORKERS at an Edinburgh care home threatened with closure will be consulted over possible strike action, Unison announced today.  

The ballot, for staff at Drumbrae care home, is part of the union’s campaign to prevent the closure of four other council-run facilities in the Scottish capital.

The future of the Clovenstone, Ferrylee, Ford’s Road and Jewel House care homes will be considered as part of a public consultation run by the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board.

However, Drumbrae is excluded as the building is due to be transferred from Edinburgh City Council to the NHS.

Unison is calling on councillors to ensure that the “much-needed local service” is also included in the consultation. 

Branch secretary Tom Connolly said: “People need to come before profits which is why it is vital these care homes remain in public hands.

“Our members are worried for the future of the vulnerable people who rely on them. These people deserve better than this.” 

Today, Edinburgh City Council passed a motion which called for the public consultation to be as “comprehensive as possible” and include the views of workers, residents and unions. 

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