A Care UK spokesperson said:
“We are extremely disappointed that a small minority of activists are seeking to continue strike action as a political platform at the expense of 130 adults with learning disabilities.
We are confident that, with the expected low participation in the industrial action, coupled with our robust contingency plans that the people depending on this service will be able to continue to enjoy their normal day-to-day activities.
We expect 85% of our workforce to be working over the next three weeks delivering this vital service to the local people who depend on them for their support and care needs. This is an essential social care service, funded by a local council which must find over £100 million of savings. It is not an NHS service funded by an NHS commissioner with ring fenced funding.
Colleagues transferring to Care UK from the previous provider have in any case maintained their pay rates at around 50% higher than care workers in comparable services. Union demands for a further pay increase of up to 10% is simply unaffordable. No health or social care service is able to make pay increases on this scale at the present time.
We have invited trade union representatives to a meeting next month.”