UNISON Southampton District is calling on Southampton City Council to sign-up and become an Ethical Care employer.
UNISON launched the Ethical Care Charter in 2014 following a member consultation that revealed the shocking state of terms and conditions of workers in the home care sector. The research showed that:
- Many workers were on low pay, in fact 56% of our members received between £6.08 p/h and £8 p/h.
- 58% of workers were not paid for travel time between visits; which has dramatic effects on take home pay and in some cases may breach minimum wage law.
- Members felt they were constrained by time requirements and had not received specialist training to deal with specific medical needs such as dementia and stroke related conditions.
UNISON’s response was the Ethical Care Charter, an agreement between councils and workers to address the issues of low pay, working conditions and morale amongst care workers. The campaign has had many success the councils of Leeds, Reading, Wokingham, Camden, Southwark and Lancashire have signed up, we want Southampton to be next.
What is the Charter?
UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter is a set of fixed standards to protect the dignity and quality of life for those people and the workers who care form them, the Charter includes:
- Statutory sick pay for eligible homecare workers.
- Ban on zero hour contracts where they are used in place of permanent contracts.
- Regular training at no cost to workers.
- All homecare workers to be paid at least the Living Wage of £7.85 and hour (London £9.15) and paid for the time needed to travel.