Organisations and activists came together from across the political spectrum this week with a positive response to the crisis in social care.
UNISON’s Pay Fair for Care rally urged one and all to stand up for care workers and keep up the pressure on government.
The event – co-hosted with the Future Social Care Coalition, which brings together more than 80 organisations and individuals from across the political spectrum – heard how the the crisis in care had been compounded by 11 months of Covid-19.
Care worker and UNISON senior vice president Sian Stockham told the rally a little of her own story – and why she has started a petition to government to create an emergency support fund to increase care workers’ wages.
“The general public is calling us heroes and going out and clapping for us – let’s put those claps into words,” she said.
“Not only is pay in the sector low, there’s also an issue with zero-hours contracts, she added. “How can you budget when you don’t know what you’re getting?”
You can watch Sian, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea, Labour deputy leader Angela Raynor, Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley and many more stand up for care here.
Read a full report on UNISON’s website.