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Workers protest over Neath Port Talbot care homes plan.

More than 200 care workers have marched in protest about a council's plans to close seven care homes and replace them with three new buildings.

Neath Port Talbot says its residential care home buildings are not fit for purpose and it is consulting on putting the service out to tender.

Trade union Unison said the plan will lead to job cuts and the privatisation of homecare

The council says it is in continuing talks with the trade unions.

Union members held a protest march to Port Talbot Civic Centre on Saturday.

Neath Port Talbot Council runs seven of the 37 nursing care home in the borough, and directly cares for around 220 elderly people.

The council says its care homes are not fit for purpose.

And they failed to meet national minimum standards for new care homes, mainly because they do not provide en-suite facilities and, in some cases, the room sizes are too small to enable residents to keep some of their own furniture and possessions.

It is asking for people's views on a proposal to transfer the running of the homes to an outside organisation which would then take on the task of building three replacement homes over three-to-five years.

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