Cheshire West and Chester has become the latest council to sign up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter.
The charter, part of the union’s Save Care Now campaign, commits the council to make sure that homecare workers have guaranteed hours , rather than work on zero-hour contracts, are paid for their travel time between clients.
It also sets a target of paying the living wage. Cheshire West and Chester’s new care at home contract includes an improved hourly rate for care workers, while th council considers a wider approach to chanchellor George Osborne’s ‘national living wage’.
UNISON branch secretary Teresa Connally welcomed the move by the council, saying: “Home care workers are dedicated to providing the best care that they can.
“The commitment of Cheshire West and Chester to sign-up to this charter will support better conditions, better training, and ultimately, better care.”