MP backs UNISON's Ethical Care charter

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi has given her backing to UNISON'sEthical Care Charter campaign.

Ms Qureshi met stewards from the union's Bolton branch to give her backing to the campaign - and the branch's petition to get Bolton council to sign up to the charter.

"Today I signed ‪@unisontweets Ethical Care Charter. Pls support‪@UNISON_Bolton petition," she Tweeted.

"UNISON's Ethical Care Charter is a series of standards that we want the council to adopt to improve homecare services throughout Bolton," says the branch.

The charter calls for:

  • an end to 15-minute visits for elderly and disabled people who need care in their own homes;
  • our elderly and disabled people to be given the same care worker rather than a series of strangers;
  • homecare workers to receive better training and the living wage and for an end to zero-hours contracts.

"We believe that elderly and disabled people in our community deserve the best possible level of homecare to help them live independently and with dignity," adds the branch.

"In order to make this happen, homecare workers need to be treated fairly and decently so they can do their jobs to the best of their ability."

The union is asking Bolton residents to "add your name and call to ask that Bolton council takes responsibility for ensuring better care for our elderly and disabled people and for better treatment of our homecare workers.

"We are all going to need care at some point in our lifetimes, it is only right that the people who need it and the workers who provide it are treated with dignity and fairness."