You CAN put a price on care
The Covid pandemic is a stark reminder that we all need care at some point in our lives. When everything else was shut down, our care workers had to keep doing their essential and skilled work - because lives literally depend on it. It is a scandal that social care workers, most of whom are women, are paid poverty wages for this vital work.
Our care workers deserve a pay rise
Minimum wage isn’t enough. Higher living costs in London mean that care workers can’t meet their basic needs, like a weekly food shop, and many now rely on food banks. Shockingly more than 40% of London’s social care workers are on zero hours contracts, compared to 24% in the rest of England. They don’t get sick pay and they have no guarantee of work, hours or pay.
What we are calling for:
Now is the time for leadership on this issue in London. Unless we take action now, care workers will continue to leave the profession and more and more Londoners will miss out on the care they need. We want care workers to have pay parity with the NHS and at the very least they should be paid a real living wage.
Take action for unpaid carers by wearing and sharing our price tag.
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With your help, we will create a care revolution from City Hall - driving down zero-hours contracts, driving up pay and investing in skills. This will be the foundation of our economic recovery. We will make London the best place to be a care worker and the best place to access care. Find out how to design the asset and take the social media video: