350 home care workers in Birmingham, England, are in dispute over redundancies and a new rota system. They have voted in an industrial action ballot with 99% voting to strike.

Older people, those with learning difficulties and mental health problems have all seen major reductions in the services to help them because of shrinking budgets.

The Tories [Conservative Party] have continued to cut budgets for social care and in Birmingham they have gone from a social care workforce of over 7,000 in 2010 to less than 2,000 now.

Councils have been forced to impose steep cuts on adult social care because the money they receive from central Government has fallen substantially. Unlike other services, the social care budget is not ring-fenced. It is in this context that Birmingham City Council plan to make 40% of our home care enablement staff redundant.

The first dates for striking for Home Care workers has been set. The Council has been informed of action which will take place on Saturday 20th January and Tuesday 6th February. A rally is being planned for 20th January which will have the Banner Theatre group taking part , with singing and music and a stage.