UNISON has welcomed the return of clap for carers this week, but we urge both the public and politicians to start focussing more on pay and practical support than applause and appreciation.
The government has consulted on plans to stop care workers in nursing and residential homes from being able to have multiple jobs. Many low-paid care workers rely on multiple jobs to pay the bills. Covid has exposed the failings in our fragmented social care system which is why we need a national care service.
UNISON has called on the government to end the practice of employers denying care staff wages for time spent travelling between visits to the sick and elderly, after UNISON won £100,000 back pay for 10 care workers.