Care workers campaign against Rhondda privatisation

Care workers represented by UNISON today (Monday) took to the streets of Tonypandy to campaign against a decision to privatise services in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Hundreds of vulnerable people in the region could soon see the quality of care they receive compromised as the local authority cabinet today confirmed it is privatising services.

The council was looking at either privatising care or relying on charities to deliver homecare for the elderly and supported living services for people with learning disabilities. 

Families of people relying on care in Rhondda Cynon Taf have already contacted UNISON to express their concerns about the future of the service.

And this morning care workers campaigned outside the offices of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council ahead of a cabinet meeting to decide the future of care in the region.

UNISON Cymru/Wales social care lead Mark Turner said: “It is shocking that a Labour led council has decided to throw low paid women workers to the whims of private care providers.

“Care workers themselves held a very impassioned rally against selling off care services today.

“Some of the signs and banners they carried read ‘it started with a clap and ended with a slap’ which encapsulates the strength of feeling in Rhondda Cynon Taff right now.

“UNISON is calling for a national care service for Wales provided mainly by councils in-house and will continue to fight against today’s decision by Rhondda Council.”