Public sector union Unison has warned of a looming crisis in the
residential care sector unless local government employers increase
their “pathetic” pay offer.
It says the 7 per cent offer over three years for local government
staff must be increased with no strings otherwise vacancy rates
will soar. But pay talks between the employers and unions have
A Unison survey of 1,809 residential workers found that a third
were looking for new jobs. Nearly half (41 per cent) earn less than
£6 an hour and three quarters earn less than £7 an hour,
which under the current offer would be increased by just 16p.
National secretary Heather Wakefield said: “Our survey shows that
residential care workers are still paid a pittance. It underlines
just how pathetic the offer is.”
But a spokesperson for the Employers Organisation said recent
figures showed vacancy rates had fallen from 8.5 per cent to 6.9 in
homes for older people.