Low pay in the community sector

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2016 Community Service Group Conference
27 October 2015

Conference notes with concern that cuts to local authority budgets are impacting on the salaries of our members in the community sector. This is particularly a problem in the care sector, where the majority of employees are low paid women.

There is evidence that, in some cases, the terms offered by commissioners are so low that responsible employers will no longer tender for contracts as they cannot provide a service for the price offered. Those employers who do tender and wish to reward staff fairly for their complex range of skills, dedication and compassion are simply unable to meet the living wage, with our low paid women members suffering as a result.

Conference calls upon the service group executive to continue to campaign and lobby for adequate funding, to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly and efficiently, and that employers are able to pay the living wage to their staff.