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Careworkers for Change. UNISON, 15 minutes, hustings, petitionsFifteen minutes to wash, dress, feed and care for the UK’s most vulnerable is unacceptable.

Care workers provide an essential service supporting the frail and the vulnerable in our communities.

It’s hard work both physically and emotionally. ‎But it’s vital work. Care workers nurse, clean, feed those who need help. Families rely on care workers to provide care with dignity to their loved ones.

Society could not function without them.

Yet care workers feel invisible, undervalued and overstretched.

All too often care workers are not allowed the time or resources they need to provide the level of care people deserve.

And poverty pay and zero hour contracts mean they often struggle to provide for their own families when they get home.

But care workers are refusing to be invisible any longer.

Care workers are standing together with the backing of the communities they serve to demand ethical care. ‎

Calling upon the government to provide fair funding for social care.

Calling upon the council and NHS commissioners to insist that they have the time and resources they need to care with dignity.

And calling upon their employers to end job insecurity and poverty pay for care workers.

To succeed though, their campaign needs your involvement and support.

If you are a care worker you can join UNISON, the public service union, online, by phone by calling 0800 171 2194, or by printing out and sending in a membership form.

If you are a member of the community or represent a community organisation then you can sign the community pledge and indicate how you might be able to give active support to this vital campaign.

And even if you are ‘none of the above’ you can support the care workers’ aims to win a better future for social care, and call upon:

1 – The government to ensure fair funding for social care.

2 – Council and NHS Commissioners to be socially responsible by ensuring that contracts include sufficient time and resources to provide care with dignity, and by only commissioning providers that meet the employment standards outlined below.

3 – Social Care employers to treat their workers with dignity and respect. End job insecurity, pay the real living wage, and guarantee the workers’ right to organise a union.

You can view UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter for home care here.

And Care Workers for Change is now on Facebook.

Join the campaign against care visits of only 15 minutes. Watch this video and sign the petition calling for an end to 15-minute calls.

Tell Theresa May care urgently needs more funding.

And speak out at hustings and ask the candidates if they support change.

Fifteen minutes to wash, dress, feed and care for the UK’s most vulnerable is unacceptable.

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