GMB Care Workers In Havering Face Massive Pay Cuts As A Result Of Reductions In Local Authority Budgets
Members are outraged at proposals from Outlook Care and if the offer is not improved the union will seriously consider further action says GMB.
Outlook Care in Havering in London propose to cut wages for care workers by between £3,000 and £10,000 a year as a result of the latest round of government cuts in funding to local authorities.
The local Council in Havering has slashed funding for supported living. The hourly rate the Council pay for these services is now half the payment made a year ago. Outlook Care are seeking to pass these cuts in funding directly on to their staff
Michelle Bacon, GMB Officer for Outlook care, says “The GMB informed Outlook care that these cuts were unacceptable to our members and to cut staff's wages by half and take away night shift enhancements is an insult to their hard work and care they provide to the vulnerable people they serve within Havering.
If the proposals go through some of our members will actually be earning less than they earned back in the 1980's for doing the same job. Our members are outraged at the current proposals. The GMB informed Outlook care on 3rd June that if they failed to put a better offer on the table we would have to seriously consider what action our members wish to take.
These cuts for GMB members come at the same time as the announcement that MPs should be awarded a 10% pay rise. This has further angered members who feel undervalued by this current Government. The GMB feel that our members should be treated equally as MPs and be given the right rate of pay for the excellent service that these care professionals provide.”
Contact: Michelle Bacon on 07961 709 680 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.