Do your election candidates support Unite’s care manifesto?

Unite have created a great tool to help you contact the election candidates in your area to ask if they support Unite’s care manifesto. Using your postcode, the tool automatically finds your candidates and lets you email them all, with Unite’s email template, in one go.

Contact your candidates today.

 The manifesto’s five demands are:

  1. A properly funded and publicly owned National Care Service which involves participation from the trade unions and local government.
  2. A minimum of £15 an hour for all social care workers.
  3. A minimum floor of terms and conditions for all social care workers which includes two 30 mins paid rest breaks, access to enhanced sick pay and consistent provision of pensions.
  4. The establishment of collective bargaining in all areas of social care services including the third sector and private sector.
  5. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration fee to be fully funded by the Scottish Government.

Sign our petition: 5 steps to care to protect the care sector

5 Steps to Care to protect care workers and service users

We are aware of concerns from care workers about the control of infection of COVID-19. A major concern is that agency workers are often working different shifts in different care settings.

We support agency workers making a living, but we feel that the City of Edinburgh Council is responsible for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection and keeping everyone safe.

Sign our 5 steps to care petition calling for the Council and employment agencies to adopt our 5 steps to care to keep staff and service users safe.

5 steps to care

City of Edinburgh Council and employment agencies must:

  1. allocate agency workers shifts in the same care setting during COVID-19
  2. strictly monitor where agency staff are working
  3. implement effective workforce planning, including increased staffing to cover absence
  4. provide all staff with appropriate PPE, that is fitted for the individual

And

  1. City of Edinburgh Council must commit to a post-COVID-19 review of the use of agency staff with a view to creating permanent roles.

Mary Alexander, Deputy Regional Secretary of Unite, commented

I have written to the Council about asking for a review of procedures and a plan of action to keep all workers (including agency workers) and residents in care homes safe.  This is particularly important given the increasing numbers of care home residents dying with Covid related illness and the fatalities among care workers.