Pay staff fairly to tackle care recruitment crisis

Care work is fulfilling but tough and isn’t to be taken on a whim

Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday) of a government campaign to recruit more social care staff in England to fill gaps left by employees forced to self-isolate, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:  

“Care staff are hugely undervalued, and woefully underpaid. Low wages are mostly to blame for the high rate of employees in the care sector joining then leaving.

“Care work is fulfilling but tough and isn’t to be taken on a whim. Looking after people involves so much more than washing and feeding them.

“If the government is serious about filling thousands of vacancies across the sector, it must start treating staff with the respect they deserve and grant them fair pay that reflects their skills.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union including for social care. It has 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.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: press@unison.co.uk
Garfield Myrie M: 07432 741565 E: g.myrie@unison.co.uk