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Well-deserved pay increase for Care at Home staff

After months of joint working, UNISON and Unite have secured a well-deserved pay increase for over 300 Care at Home staff in South Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership today signed off on a job evaluation review that will mean a full grade increase in pay for some of our most critical staff.

Preliminary discussions began over 12 months ago with working groups of staff, members, and representatives from UNISON and Unite. It was clear even before the emergence of Covid-19 that staff were underpaid for the service they deliver.

One of the largest factors in the review was the increase in critical care patients. Years of under investment has left Care at Home under staffed and over stretched causing real damage to staff morale.

“All the staff in home care always try to do the best they can with the resources they have. It is a demanding job, both mentally and physically, and now with the Coronavirus outbreak they are under even more pressure,” said Allison Andrew, UNISON member who worked in home care for the past 3 years.

Demand for the service has never been higher, leading to most patients classified as needing ‘critical care’ level support. This change in criteria means home carers must have additional training to help support complex client needs.

Members happy to see a positive outcome of job evaluation process

Representative for South Ayrshire UNISON said, “The needs of the clients are constantly changing and our members are working hard to provide the best care they can. These staff provide an absolutely essential service and the current crisis has underlined the real dedication there to get the job done, even in the most difficult of situations. This victory on pay recognises home carers as the key workers they are, doing vital work with the most vulnerable before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Backdated pay will be issued from the submission of the evaluation and UNISON will continue to support these dedicated staff throughout the pandemic and into the future.