Thursday, August 24, 2006

Fremantle Campaign

Care standards at risk!

Barnet UNISON conducted a survey of pay and as you can see a Fremantle Care worker comes out bottom of the Low Pay League Table. Incredible that a job which involves working with vulnerable residents should warrant such a poor wage.

“What does a care worker do?”

A care worker in the course of their duties will have to provide personal care, administer medication, monitor physical and mental health. They work shifts Monday to Sunday, mornings, evenings. In some of the settings there are specialist units to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Mental Health and Learning difficulties.

“Do they need to have training?”

Yes. They would need to attend the following courses: Manual Handling, Food Hygiene, Medication administration, COSHH, Basic First Aid, NVQ’s up to level 2 ( as required by National Care Standards Commission).
Phewww. Is that all?

Our case is clear, care staff play a crucial role in the quality of life of vulnerable people. We call upon Fremantle to think again. Call off the dismissal notice and sit down with the trade unions to discuss a safe and sensible way forward.

Carmel Reynolds ( Barnet UNISON Fremantle Convenor) and John Burgess ( Branch Secretary)

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