On 7 May 2018, Southampton City Council signed both the Ethical and Residential Care Charters. This came after years of lobbying by the UNISON Southampton District branch, and is a welcome development.
Branch Secretary Hayley Garner said:
“The Labour Council’s commitment to UNISON’s Care Charters shows real intent to making the working lives better for care workers in both private and local authority care services. We will work tirelessly to ensure that the content of the charters is reflected in the working conditions of Southampton’s care workers.”
The signing of the Residential Care Charter made Southampton City Council the first in the country to do so, a huge milestone in making the city a better place in which to work. The signing of the pledges took place as part of the annual May Day event in Palmerston Park.
Cllr Warwick Payne, Cabinet member with the portfolio for Housing & Adult Care, said:
“The Labour Party was founded on the principle that a good day’s work deserves a good day’s pay and we’re still committed to those values.
“By signing the UNISON charters, the Labour Party in Southampton is giving its clear commitment that care staff should have fair terms and conditions and we believe this will lead to improved care services for the elderly and vulnerable.
“Care workers have long been undervalued as a profession. We want to play our part in changing that by working in partnership with organisations such as UNISON to bring about a better deal for everyone involved.”