Tag Archives: care workers

Camden UNISON wins reinstatement for two private sector members

an-injury-to-one-is-an-injury-to-allIn the past few weeks we have successfully won reinstatement for two dismissed workers on outsourced contracts at Shaw Healthcare and Caterlink. Continue reading

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Wellesley Road: poverty pay care provider fails first test

Wellesley road care homeGeorge Binette writes on Camden’s newly-privatised, minimum wage care home which was this week savaged by a Care Quality Commission report following concerns raised by whistleblowers. Continue reading

Shaw’s raw deal for care workers

Shaw's Maitland Park care home

Shaw’s Maitland Park care home

June gave workers in Camden’s school kitchens some cause to celebrate, but for residential care workers in the borough it was a very different story. A further 50 Camden Council employees transferred to the South Wales-based private company, Shaw Healthcare, in the week of 22 June. The staff – most of them workers supporting older people with dementia – are now based at the newly built Wellesley Road care home, which has replaced the closed Branch Hill and St Margaret’s facilities, and most of them  will be earning well under  the London living wage. Continue reading

Living wage campaign for residential care workers

Residential care workers and dinner ladies lobbying the Council for the living wage. Photograph courtesy of William McLellan, Camden New JournalHomepage for Camden UNISON’s campaign for the London living wage for workers in residential homes caring for vulnerable older people, mostly with dementia, who face poverty pay until 2040. Continue reading

Sign our petition for a living wage for residential care workers

Please take a moment to sign our online petition for a living wage for residential care workers at Shaw Healthcare, who are currently pay just £7.53 per hour and deliver vital care for vulnerable older people, most of whom have dementia. Continue reading

Our living wage lobby makes CNJ front page

2015.03.05 CNJ front pageCamden UNISON’s lobby of the council on Monday for the living wage of around 60 residential care worker and Caterlink school meals worker members  got front-page coverage in the Camden New Journal, as well as detailed reporting within.  Reel News also made a short film about the demonstration and the campaigns, which you can see below. Continue reading

Camden signs up for ethical care – letter to CNJ

On November 19 Camden became just the third local authority in London, alongside Islington and Southwark, and the ninth nationally to sign up to Unison’s Ethical Care Charter. See here a letter from branch secretary George Binette originally published in the Camden New Journal here. Continue reading