Miseryguts SNP government offers carers 20 pence an hour

By Bill Heaney

Dumbarton Constituency Labour candidate Jackie Baillie has vowed to fight for fair pay for care workers after the SNP Government’s recent offer of a 20p increase. Baillie has described the 20p rise as “derisory and shameful”.

Former MSP Baillie, Scottish Labour’s spokesperson for Health, Social Care and Equalities, has said it is high time that care workers were properly rewarded with pay that reflects their value and efforts during the pandemic.

The call comes as NHS workers received a 4% pay rise and a minimum uplift of £1,009 for the lowest pay bands from the Scottish Government, whilst care workers received only a basic living wage uplift to £9.50 per hour,  a rise of 20p per hour.

Scottish Labour’s NHS Recovery Plan will see carers receive the pay they deserve with an immediate rise to £12 per hour and a commitment to work to raise this even further to £15 per hour.

The NHS Recovery Plan also sets out steps to get cancer treatment back on track and efforts to improve mental health support.

Jackie Baillie said:  “Social care staff have put themselves at risk to support our most vulnerable throughout the pandemic.

“The SNP’s disregard of their heroic efforts is shameful, and we cannot continue to neglect this dedicated workforce.  They are worth so much more than the 20p increase offered by the SNP.

“By electing Labour MSPs we can ensure this is put back on the agenda and we can fight for fair pay for care workers.

“My focus in the Holyrood Parliament will be on a national mission for Covid recovery, delivering solutions for a stronger recovery for a fairer Scotland.”

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