Care staff deserve equal pay with the NHS

Reform of the care sector is long overdue

Commenting on a report published today (Saturday) by Age UK on the pay and conditions facing social care workers, UNISON assistant general secretary and co-chair of the Future Social Care Coalition Christina McAnea said:

“These shocking findings are a wake-up call to government that enough is enough.

“Care staff can’t go on being ignored, undervalued and left to exist on poverty wages. A wage boost is needed now to get them through the pandemic and attract new recruits.

“A national care service would also bring about long overdue reform of the sector. It would drive up standards, boost pay and training and ensure the care service is put on an equal footing with the NHS.”

Notes to editors: 
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
– The Future Social Care Coalition is a new cross-party alliance of more than 80 organisations and individuals who are calling for immediate £3.9bn emergency support fund for the care sector and a fair wage deal for low paid staff. Members include former ministers Andy Burnham, Sir Norman Lamb and Alistair Burt as well as the National Care Association, the Care and Support Alliance – which includes Age UK, Carers UK, and Alzheimer’s Society – and UNISON. The co-chairs are Christina McAnea and Phil Hope.

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