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Doncaster care workers to stage 21-day strike

Care workers in Doncaster have announced plans for a three-week strike as part of their long-running pay dispute with Care UK.

About 70 workers are set to take part in the action due to begin on 25 August, according to Unison.

The union is calling for wages to rise from £7 to the national living wage of £7.65 an hour. Members have staged a series of strikes since February.

Care UK called the latest action "unnecessary and irresponsible".

The company bids for health and social care contracts from the NHS, and in Doncaster provides assisted living for people with learning disabilities in their homes.

'Simply unaffordable'

Jim Bell of Unison said workers had been forced to take action as Care UK was "flatly refusing to negotiate".

He said "Our members love their jobs and the people they care for but are being forced to look for work elsewhere just to survive."

A spokesman for Care UK said the demand for a pay increase was "simply unaffordable".

He said: "Our service has continued to provide an improving quality of support throughout the industrial action taken by a small number of activists and we are confident that we will continue to operate the same high quality service during any future strike action."

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