Taken from uklabourlawblog.com Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake  EWCA Civ 1641 is a judgment to take your breath away. It follows an established pattern in which the UK higher courts misunderstand, misrepresent and undermine the value of care workers’ labour. On this occasion, the Court of Appeal’s decision removes entitlement to minimum wage protection from care workers … Continue reading Three steps too far in the undervaluing of care: Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake – LJB Hayes
Unison are the second-biggest trade union in the UK, and easily the most prominent trade union in the health and care sectors. Unison recently held a seminar on social care, and published a report on their findings1. Bristol Care Workers Network are a group of health and social care workers who are already fighting … Continue reading Unison Social Care Seminar Report and Actions-The Workers Respond.
Gender, pay and the NHS There has been recent interest in the gender pay gap now that employers of more than 250 staff have a legal duty to publish an annual report. So we at the Bristol Care Workers Network thought we should have a look at the situation at the two local NHS Trusts. … Continue reading Gender, Pay and the NHS
We found out today that Unison are accepting the local government pay offer, without putting up a fight, even though it's below inflation, which makes it a pay cut in real terms. Most disappointing is that Unison's members actually voted to reject the offer, but the union branches themselves voted to accept it. Unison's usual … Continue reading Unison-Which Side Are They On?
Too low. Healthcare workers have been insulted by the NHS pay deal. The offer is an affront by the Government and a mockery served up by health service unions. However they try to dress the deal up it is nothing more than a pay cut. 6.5% that will be swallowed up by inflation over … Continue reading Too Low, Too Slow, Vote No!
Here's a friendly reminder to care assistants, support workers, and anyone else who works sleeping night shifts. If you're at work, you should be paid for every hour that you're there. Your pay needs to comply with the national minimum wage which is £7.50 per hour for most workers. A £40 'sleeping rate' is well … Continue reading Do you sleep at work?
The Government want to bring in mandatory charging of some non-UK born NHS patients, under the Immigration Act. Bristol Care Workers Network believes that no-one should be denied access to care, least of all because of their race, country of origin or their access to money. We intend to show the Government that healthcare workers … Continue reading Fight racism at work-no borders in the NHS!
Leaflet from Bristol Care Workers Network, Bristol Solidarity Federation and Brighton Solidarity Federation. Source: Healthcare for All- Bristol Solidarity Federation/Brighton Solidarity Federation/Bristol Care Workers Network
Bristol City Council recently announced £30 million in spending cuts, which will impact on social care as well as other council services. Alongside this, Bristol CCG plan to cut 30% of hospital beds across the Bristol area as part of the new NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans. The response from Bristolians to … Continue reading Bristol Care Workers Network: statement on the STPs and social care cuts in Bristol