Date: Tue 11 0ct 2005
New Deal demand for Home Carers in Scotland
UNISON stewards representing Scotland's around 10,000 (WTE) Home
Care staff will tomorrow launch a nine-point charter aimed at improving
The meeting - at 11.00am in UNISON's Glasgow City branch Office,
18, Albion Street, Glasgow - is one of a number taking place around
the UK, and will launch the charter.
The demands will then be raised with individual local councils
and other employers and with CoSLA, with the aim of negotiating
improved conditions and resources for the Home Care service and
those who provide it.
The Glasgow meeting will be addressed by Michelle Brankin from
UNISON's National Executive Council, and the Scottish representative
on UNISON's National Home Care Forum. She is herself a Home Carer
and has been instrumental in pursuing the demands within UNISON.
Michelle Brankin will say, "This is the beginning of a new era
for home carers. They are only now beginning in some areas to be
paid the true value of the work they do, as trade unions negotiate
and promote equal pay for work of equal value. Now the major union
in Scotland's local government is backing that up with a nine-point
charter covering what needs to be delivered if home carers are to
be properly trained, resourced and treated, and the essential service
they provide delivered safely and efficiently."
UNISON has surveyed its branches on the changing nature of the
home carers job, and it is clear that all branches who replied have
had home carers reviewed over the last five years, and their jobs
have been increased in complexity and responsibility - particularly
with the addition of increased personal care.
"The Charter recognises the changing nature of the job." Said Michelle.
"And calls for these changes to be recognised and resourced. It
also suggests that the important role that home carers have as the
'eyes and ears' of the social work service - flagging up problems
at an early stage - must be better recognised, and that the risks
of people working on their own - often at night without a mobile
phone - in the community, need to be fully assessed to protect them
The charter contains a number of other demands covering training,
pay, working time, and recognition in some sectors.
For Further Information Please Contact: Stephen Smellie
(Chair - Social Work Issues Group) 07740 096 864(m) Michelle Brankin
(UNISON NEC) 07764 975 723(m)