South West care company signs Ethical Care Charter

Cornish care company Cormac has signed up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, the first in the South West to do so.

The move follows the transfer of nearly 200 homecare workers from the county council to the company at the beginning of this month.

The charter, a key part of the union’s Save Care Now campaign was developed by UNISON to create standards for safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring good employment conditions and a stable workforce through sustainable pay, conditions and training.

Welcoming the move by Cormac, Cornwall local government UNISON branch secretary Gill Allen, said it shows the company “sending a clear message that quality services depend on quality pay and conditions, and on putting users at the heart of a properly funded service.”

Cormac operations director Simon Deacon said the company recognises that “it is our responsibility to create a positive working environment and good conditions of employment.

“It is important to have a valued workforce, who are supported, which in turn generates positive experiences for people receiving care from us.”

UNISON South West head of local government Gavin Brooks added: “Our members are committed to providing the highest standards of care, and this provides them with the security and reassurance that they will be able to continue to dedicate their time to that important work.

“We hope other providers will follow CORMAC’s example, and ensure that they highest quality of care can be delivered consistently to those who most need it.”