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The demands on workers across Scotland’s private care sector will continue to grow.
Over the next 25 years, the number of people aged 75 and over will increase by 86 per cent.The number of people requiring some form of care will increase by two-thirds over the same period.
GMB Scotland believes that the role of care sector workers should be viewed as a skilled profession but the reality is different:
Workers are undervalued – many are paid less than your public sector equivalents
Workers are unrecognised– many are not covered by a collective agreement
Workers are unsupported– many are at the mercy of unfair SSSC investigations
GMB Scotland has campaigned hard to deliver a living wage of £8.25 an hour for carers but there is still much to do to increase the terms and conditions of all workers in the sector, including ancillary and domestic staff. We can’t raise standards by leaving others behind.
That’s why we are arguing for a sector-wide deal for Scottish care, where every worker is covered by a collective agreement that brings employers, government, the Care Inspectorate and trade unions to the table.
GMB Scotland wants to tell the real story of work in Scotland’s private care sector and why we need a new deal for the future sustainability of jobs, pay and services across the industry.
Help us tell your story by completing our campaign survey, sign our petition to help make SSSC investigations fairer and get in touch with our GMB Scotland Organisers to learn more about what you can do to show the country that ‘I Care’.