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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tim Roberts explains how Eastern region care workers are organising in his latest blog
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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