Throughout the pandemic care and support workers have been at the frontline. Many of us have worked gruelling hours to cover staff shortages. Government policy allowed Covid-19 to run rampant through our care homes while we weren’t given adequate PPE to protect ourselves and our service users. Hundreds of us made the ultimate sacrifice and lost our lives from a virus we contracted at our workplaces.
Despite our commitment to a job that we love, 18 months from the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis we are still struggling with a lack of sick pay, poverty wages and empty promises. We’ve faced setbacks to our already struggling sector including the right to minimum wage on sleep in shifts and mandatory vaccinations. We want change. It’s time for care workers to clap back.
We are calling for a national demonstration during Professional Care Workers Week. We are a skilled workforce and our wages should reflect that. We are fighting for £15 per hour and decent working conditions.
If you are a care worker, belong to a trade union, or just believe that care workers deserve better join us on September 4th.
Time and locations below
London Event – we will be meeting outside the Department of Health and Social Care – 39 Victoria Street London SW1H 0EU at 14:00
Manchester Event – we will be meeting in Piccadilly Garden at 11:30 (for a 12:00 start), speakers include:
Noelle Fourie – Care and Support Workers ORGAINSE!
Steve North – Salford City Unison
Jacquie Hadfield – Greater Manchester Reclaim Social Care
Newcastle Event – TBC
Glasgow Event – TBC
Preston Event – TBC
Organised by Care and Support Workers Organise