The government has said that underpaid support workers won’t be remunerated – despite the ruling of a tribunal. It’s a cruel blow to a dedicated workforce
In the early hours of Wednesday, the government announced that the minimum wage for care workers who slept over would be suspended, effectively ignoring a tribunal decision that me and my colleagues should receive £60 a night, instead of the £35 flat rate per sleep-in we currently get. The announcement said that the change was “intended to minimise disruption to the sector”. But what about every hard-working carer?
I work every public holiday including Christmas, Easter and New Year. When you count the sleep-in hours, I work a minimum of a 54-hour week, yet I earn less than the minimum wage if you average it out. How can this be right? Here’s an average day for me: