Government’s treatment of migrant workers is shameful

Out of touch ministers measure value only in pounds and pence 

Elderly woman and carer, with words 'social care' image from cover of report

Commenting on the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea today (Monday) said:

“Pushing ahead with the Immigration Bill is a triumph of bloody-mindedness over common sense.

“Migrant workers are in the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 in care homes, propping up a neglected system that would collapse without them.

“Hundreds of thousands of care jobs are unfilled, yet the government is intent on cutting off a source of skilled workers just when the UK needs them the most.

“The pandemic has taught us that low pay doesn’t mean low-skilled. Out of touch ministers measuring value only in pounds and pence – and decreeing that those earning less than £25,600 can’t contribute – clearly have never been to a care home.

“Migrant workers have proved themselves vital to the country time and time again. To slam the door in their faces now is shameful.”

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 forces and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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