Norfolk County Council-owned care company trying to shortchange staff

A care company fully owned by Norfolk County Council wants to shortchange its staff by over £500, UNISON said today. Arm-length firm Independence Matters is refusing to pass on the full nationally agreed local government pay rise for the first time since it was set up in 2013, says the union. The company provides support […]

Cambridgeshire care company crisis shows government must drop cruel migrant curbs and end exploitation in social care

The crisis at a Cambridgeshire care company shows why the government must drop plans to cap overseas care staff numbers and act to stop employers exploiting those already working in the UK, says UNISON today. The union says proposals reportedly being drawn up by immigration minister Robert Jenrick to curb migration would be disastrous for […]

People on a march for social care staff through Ipswich

Suffolk care workers lobby councillors

Suffolk care workers and their supporters will protest outside Thursday’s full council meeting demanding more is done to support social care. The union is ringing the alarm bell about the numbers of staff leaving the sector. A Skills for Care report last month showed that staff turnover rates for social care in England were at […]

People on a march for social care staff through Ipswich

Suffolk care workers to lobby councillors for fair pay

Social care workers in Suffolk are taking their campaign for fair pay straight to county councillors on Thursday with a rally outside council headquarters. Union UNISON has organised the demonstration to persuade councillors to support a motion recognising the vital work of social care staff. The motion, proposed by Labour’s Sandy Martin, calls on Suffolk […]

A group of care workers standing outside parliament

Norfolk care workers warn MPs that social care is ‘close to collapse’

Norfolk care staff are on their way to Parliament today to warn MPs that the care system is “close to collapse.” Care workers’ union UNISON has organised the lobby to push for action following decades of underfunding and a steady erosion of pay and conditions that have been laid bare by the pandemic. The union […]

UNISON activists pose with banners support fair pay for care workers outside County Hall in Chelmsford

Essex residents support social care pay rise ahead of council vote

Hundreds of postcards from Essex residents demanding better treatment for care workers will be handed over to county council leaders today. The postcards, collected by care workers’ union UNISON during town centre stalls, call on Essex County Council social care supremo John Spence to properly fund social care so that providers can pay staff a […]

Suffolk care workers push for a living wage

The campaign for justice for care workers is one of UNISON’s top priorities, general secretary Christina McAnea told a Suffolk County branch public meeting on Monday evening. She was speaking alongside Kezia Pugh of the Living Wage Foundation, Labour Councillor Sandy Martin and frontline care workers Jacqui, Ewan and Amanda as part of the You […]

Suffolk care workers plan march for a living wage through Ipswich

Care workers are preparing to march through Ipswich this month as they push for a real living wage and proper sick pay. The 27 November march and rally, organised by UNISON Suffolk County branch, will highlight the incredible contribution care workers made during the pandemic, says UNISON. Care staff continued caring for Suffolk’s most vulnerable […]

The words Who Cares and a logo of a person and a question mark shaped like a heart

Johnson may have no real social care plan, but we do

Tim Roberts explains how Eastern region care workers are organising in his latest blog

The words Who Cares and a logo of a person and a question mark shaped like a heart

Social care staff in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire push for a living wage

Social care staff in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are launching a new campaign for a living wage and proper sick pay next week. Frontline care staff will be joined by Christina McAnea, general secretary of care workers’ union UNISON, and Sara Johnson of the Living Wage Foundation to launch Who Cares? on Monday evening, calling on […]

Voices from the care frontline

Why we’re campaigning for a real living wage in care

Essex councillors must ensure care workers get a living wage

Care workers are calling on Essex councillors to guarantee a living wage and decent sick pay for the sector at tomorrow’s full council meeting. Essex County Council will debate a Labour motion recognising care staff’s “fantastic work” during the pandemic but pointing out that most continue to earn less than a living wage. Living Wage […]

Essex councillors to vote on social care pledge

UNISON Eastern is urging councillors in Essex to back a Labour motion on improving care workers’ conditions. The motion, echoing a pledge UNISON asked council candidates to sign before the last local elections, would commit the council to paying the living wage and occupational sick pay to care workers. We urge anyone in Essex who […]

Cawston patients’ lives cut short by profit-driven care system

An independent report has blasted central government and local agencies following the deaths of three people at a privately run hospital for adults with learning disabilities in Norfolk. The Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board report looked at the deaths of Joanna Bailey, Nicholas Briant and Ben King at Cawston Park Hospital near Aylsham. Jeesal, which ran […]

Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire care workers ask council hopefuls for support

Care workers are calling on council candidates in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire to fight for better pay in the sector if elected in May. Their union UNISON is writing to those standing for Luton Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford councils, which are responsible for commissioning adult social care, asking them to sign its Who Cares? pledge. […]