Care Workers Begin Industrial Action For Better Pay
6th September 2021
Care Workers In Hanover To Start Industrial Action Against "Insulting" Pay Cut Plan.
Care workers employed by the charity and social landlord Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association will start a programme of industrial action against their management's "insulting" 1 per cent pay offer.
Action will involve a work to rule including a ban on all overtime and additional holiday working from 17.00 hours from tomorrow (Tuesday 7 September), impacting service delivery in care support, cleansing and domestic assistance across twenty-eight sites.
The dispute is the culmination of months of fruitless negotiations between GMB Scotland representatives and Hanover senior management, who themselves were awarded a 4.5 per cent pay rise in 2020, to substantially lift the pay and conditions of frontline staff.
GMB Scotland organiser Ude Joe-Adigwe said:"The employer's offer means a real-terms pay cut for staff who have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it's totally insulting.
"Our members provide vital care and assistance for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, and they deserve to be treated so much better than this.
"This is not a decision our members have taken lightly; they are proud of their work, but it's a shame their employer won't value frontline staff the way they value themselves.
"This action shows Hanover that their staff are prepared to fight for their dignity and value, and we would hope the employer reconsidered its position."
Care workers should think about joining the GMB Union as collectively there is a better chance of getting improved pay and conditions.
“COVID-19 has exposed how poorly our care workers have been valued, a workforce of mainly low-paid and often exploited women who found themselves on the frontline of a crisis without proper safety or support.
Previously GMB Scotland is urged all MSPs to support its campaign for a £15 an hour minimum wage for care workers.
GMB web site - www.gmb.org.uk/