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Council makes UNISON Ethical Care Charter pledge

Ethical Care Charter signing
Branch Secretary Amanda Kerr, Ricky Henderson, Council Health and Social Care convener, Kirsten Hey, Health and Social Care steward, and Council leader Andrew Burns sign the charter pledge.

12/1/16: The council has signed up to a pledge saying: "The City of Edinburgh Council endorses the principles of the UNISON Ethical Care Charter and commits to working in partnership with UNISON towards its implementation.”

UNISON's Ethical Care Charter aims to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions which a) do not routinely shortchange clients and b) ensure the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through more sustainable pay, conditions and training levels.

Branch secretary Amanda Kerr said: "This is the first step on a long road to full implementation of the Charter. We congratulate the Council in signing up to this pledge and we know it is a tough commitment to make when the Council faces such huge cuts in its funding. However, there should be no greater priority than dignity and quality of care for those who need it, and dignity and quality of pay and conditions for those who deliver that care."

The Charter lays out three stages in the programme. The immediate principles are that services should match need, home carers will be given adequate time to meet that need, home care workers should be paid for travel and given enough time to get from one service user to the other. They should also get sick pay if they are off.

Stage 2 of the charter calls for continuity of staff for service users, no zero-hour contracts, systems to support staff raising issues about service users’ needs and regular training.

Stage 3 calls for the Living Wage to be paid and a proper sick pay scheme “to ensure that staff do not feel pressurised to work when they are ill in order to protect the welfare of their vulnerable clients."

Much of this has already been achieved in Edinburgh for council employed staff but the Charter seeks to extend this to all staff employed in the sector.

 

 

 

 

 

Home Care Service

UNISON represents over 1,000 Home Care staff in Edinburgh. The union acknowledges the valued work that these staff do and wants to dispel the myth of this being just a 'domestic' service.

The service includes a wide range of supports and services including Hospital Discharge and Rapid Response teams. Our members support clients with a wide range of needs at every age. The service ranges from child escorts to preventing hospital admission and promoting independence that allows people to remain at home longer.

For the last two years the Branch has been campaigning against cuts and privatisation in home care with a series of well attended public meetings.

In July 2010 it published "Cash or Care? The Human cost of cuts and privatisation" giving real life examples of the effects on service users of privatised services.

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Homecare bulletin
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3 Feb 2010: Care tender fiasco shows need to halt outsourcing plans till Council can justify figures

1 Oct 2009 Cuts in home carers' pay will end up as profit for private care directors

UNISON News May 2008
May 2008

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


See also...

Download UNISON's Ethical Care Charter here
Ethical Care Charter

Policy Briefing on UNISON's Ethical Care Charter pdf
UNISON Scotland's 'Time to Care' survey

Branch secretary Amanda Kerr said: "This is the first step on a long road to full implementation of the Charter. We congratulate the Council in signing up to this pledge and we know it is a tough commitment to make when the Council faces such huge cuts in its funding.

"However, there should be no greater priority than dignity and quality of care for those who need it, and dignity and quality of pay and conditions for those who deliver that care."