Sefton UNISON are supporting our careworkers
Merseyside Care Workers Demand a Pay Rise recently contacted you asking for your support for our campaign to make the Foundation Living Wage the minimum starting salary in social care. Care Workers across Merseyside are working in physically and mentally demanding jobs supporting some of the most vulnerable adults and children in our communities – with most earning only the minimum wage of £9.50 per hour.
According to Skills for Care, this year is the first time that the social care workforce has decreased in size, despite increasing demand. Continued low pay will not attract or retain care workers. Staff at Aldi have just received a pay rise to £11 per hour, their third rise this year, but the majority of care workers are still on poverty pay. The TUC has found that over one in four (220,000) children of parents who work in care are now growing up in poverty. Leading to “rampant” hardship. By the end of this parliament this figure is expected to reach 300,000. How will social care workers stay in the sector if it means poverty for their own children?
Care Worker members in UNISON will be lobbying Sefton’s Full Council meeting on Thursday 17th November at 6:30. Will you support them by taking 5 minutes to discuss the campaign?
Take Action Now
- Sign the petition > UNISON Action
- Do a photo with the campaign pledge board
- Publicise your support for the campaign on social media