Home Care Workers

branch-squareOur newly formed Social Care Team are currently trying to locate, recruit and represent homecare workers. Homecare workers rarely get paid for their travel time and they often do not receive adequate training. Since Christmas, UNISON has released research which shows how 74% of Councils in England are still commissioning 15 minute homecare visits. On top of this the pay and conditions of homecare workers, rather than getting better, have been gradually getting worse. Not only are the workers being pushed to breaking point but what is the inevitable impact this will have on their clients, when the carers have not had dementia training or are generally being overloaded with work?

So what can you do? Two simple steps:

Fill in our anonymous survey if you are a homecare worker. If you are not, share it. It only takes a minute and it will give us information about what local homecare providers are like. You will also automatically be entered into our prize draw. (Click 'anonymous survey' to take part).

Know a homecare worker? Get them to join UNISON. We all know that word of mouth is the best way to do this. Why not have a 5 minute chat and pass on our details. They can email, call, text or arrange a visit with us, details below.

Approximately 168,000 homecare workers worked on Christmas Day and in Nottingham that number was anywhere up to 5,600. What would happen if we all issued a belated New Year's resolution to improve the conditions of homecare workers right across the City and County? Make sure you share the survey and get friends/colleagues to fill it in.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sean, Lorraine & Sylvia.

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Increment Freeze Update No 1 (18.11.13)

branch-squareLate on Friday 15th November 2013, we received a letter from the Council outlining their current position in relation to resolving the increment freeze grievance. This follows a number of meetings which UNISON, GMB and UNITE have had with the Council and Ian Curryer.

We are in the process of analysing some of the details and will be continuing negotiations on this matter.

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