Hillingdon Labour pushes for support for care workers – but Hillingdon Conservatives refuse to back it

Hillingdon Conservatives voted down a motion that called on the Council to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter which commits the council to support for care workers – such as ensuring they are receiving statutory sick pay.
Despite months of people clapping on doorsteps to show their support for care workers during COVID19, when an opportunity to demonstrate actual support for care workers came before the Council, it was not passed as the Hillingdon Conservatives voted against it.
Speaking on the motion, Labour Councillor Stuart Mathers said:
“By passing this motion to adopt the charter Hillingdon Council establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions which do not routinely short-change clients and ensure the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through more sustainable pay, conditions and training levels.”
Responding on behalf of the Conservatives, Councillor Jane Palmer said that the charter wasn’t needed as the Council were doing good things anyway – causing further confusion as to why the Conservative group simply didn’t back the motion if they were already doing it in order to be recognised as an outstanding local authority for social care.

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