Lanarkshire dwelling carers to reveal outdoors council headquarters over pay dispute

Lanarkshire dwelling care employees are set to carry an illustration outdoors the council headquarters over a pay dispute.

The transfer comes after South Lanarkshire Council agreed on a better pay grade for dwelling care employees and that the brand new grade could be backdated to October 2020.

Nevertheless, UNISON has now accused the native authority of breaking the settlement with dwelling carers demanding assurances that the deal be honoured.

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The deal was agreed on Might 16 with the brand new grade leading to a rise of greater than £3 an hour from the present £13.09 to £16.24, rising to £16.69. The rise was the results of an attraction submitted by UNISON, GMB and Unite in opposition to an authentic Job Analysis overview that noticed no improve within the House Carers Grade.

Forward of the Job Analysis consequence, the council had agreed that the brand new grade, if there was one, could be backdated to October 2020.

UNISON Department Secretary, Stephen Smellie, stated: “We had been delighted with the brand new grade. It correctly displays the extent of accountability that House Cares have and the complexity of the duties that they undertake. Everybody supported the house Carers’ case, Councillors, MSPs, however extra importantly the service customers and their households who perceive the standard of the service that House Carers present. Nevertheless, the council have reneged on the deal, which they confirmed with us earlier than the Job Analysis consequence, that the brand new grade must be backdated to October 2020, thus withholding from the House Carers monies which can be rightfully owed to them.

“We must be organising a celebration to rejoice that justice has been carried out, congratulating the council on ultimately giving dwelling carers the popularity that they’re due. As a substitute, we’re demonstrating in opposition to the council making an attempt to rob the House Carers.”

Along with the brand new grade and breaking the settlement on backdating, the council can be now insisting that every one dwelling carers might want to obtain a better qualification, SVQ Degree 3.

UNISON has stated they’re ready to barter on the SVQ Degree 3 however say they won’t take an absence of the qualification as justification of ‘not paying House Carers what they’re owed’.

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Mr Smellie added: “This might result in one other pricey Equal Pay declare in opposition to the council. There’s additionally the potential of House Carers taking strike motion if the council don’t recognise that they have to play truthful and pay the House Carers what they’re due.”

House Carers will reveal outdoors the council HQ on Tuesday at 1.30pm and will probably be lobbying the council assembly going down the next day from 9.30 am.


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