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GMB Home Carer To Urge Labour Conference

Friday, March 4, 2022

GMB Home Carer To Urge Labour Conference: Fight For £15 An Hour Social Care Minimum Wage

GMB Scotland will urge Scottish Labour Party Conference delegates to back the trade union’s campaign for a £15 an hour social care minimum wage this afternoon (Friday 4 March).

Moving Composite Motion 5 “Transforming Social Care”, scheduled to be debated from 15.00 hours, GMB’s Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) Branch Convenor Shona Thomson will call for the implementation of a £15 minimum wage “as soon as possible” to tackle understaffing and cost-of-living crises facing the sector and its staff.

Against forecasts for 8 per cent inflation, the Scottish Government will implement a £10.50 social care minimum from April 1st.

GMB Scotland Branch Convenor Shona Thomson said:

“Our social care members face an understaffing crisis in their services and a cost-of-living crisis in their personal lives, and if politicians want to seriously confront both then pay must be a priority.

“The Scottish Government’s £10.50 an hour minimum from April 1st isn’t nearly enough to recruit or retain the people the sector desperately needs or help our members tackle soaring inflation and energy bills.

“We can’t wait for the creation of a National Care Service to deliver proper value for these key workers, this needs to happen as soon as possible.

“Pay must be the priority, and that’s why everyone should back the “Fight for Fifteen.”


 Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.