Care Workers For Change
The job care workers do is vital. Entrusted to look after the people that we love – to care for them, while they are vulnerable, elderly or sick. It is honourable work. But care workers are not treated fairly.
Their incredible contribution is not valued by many of their employers or our government. Big care companies are acting like cowboys. And the government have chronically underfunded the sector for years. Care is in crisis. But it is care workers, and the people that they care for, that are paying the price. Care workers are some of the lowest paid workers in the UK and the quality of care that vulnerable people receive is not good enough – one in five care homes in the UK is rated inadequate or in need of improvement.
That’s why we are campaigning for change. We are fighting to win care workers:
- A real living wage – as an absolute minimum
- Full pay for sleep-in’s and travel time
- Fair contracts, no zero hours
- Enough time to care
- A safe working environments
Care workers deserve good jobs. And the sector urgently needs sustainable funding and reform. We are going to win change. But we need your help to do it.
Unison campaigns to protect, preserve and improve your terms and conditions every day. We are also active in organising across the community and currently we are raising awareness about two campaigns in particular
Reopen Ealing Hospital’s Maternity and Children’s Wards
Ealing/Southall area is densely populated and the Maternity and Children’s wards are absolutely crucial for the health of local people. Since they were closed patients have had to travel miles to other hospitals that cannot cope. These cuts put babies and young people’s lives in danger.
Supporting Women after Stillbirth
|Following on from a motion at the Women’s Conference earlier this year, the Women’s Committee is committed to ensuring members who have a stillbirth know what they are entitled to and that welfare officers signpost appropriate support.
As part of this we are marking baby loss awareness week.
Around one in 200 births in the UK are stillbirths. Stillbirth is one of the most devastating experiences any family can go through. Grieving for the loss of a baby is a very personal and difficult experience and it may be helpful to talk to a counsellor, especially when there is difficulty in coping.
In all too many cases when a baby is stillborn there is no obvious cause. These baby’s deaths remain unexplained, which can be hard for grieving parents who want to know why their baby died.
Families going through such a difficult time would need a lot of help and support. Trying to make decisions after your baby has died may feel almost impossible, but it is important to ask for support so that you know what the options are. When grieving, it can help to think that you were supported at the time to make important decisions.
If your baby has died or someone close to you has had a stillbirth there is support available:
You can also send an email to the helpline at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sands also operate local support groups run by bereaved parents and family members. Click here for more information and to find the group nearest to you.
The Tommy’s website has information on coping with grief following a stillbirth. Click here for more information and to visit their website.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Click here for more information.
Other Self-help groups
These groups are usually run by healthcare professionals, such as baby-loss support workers or specialist midwives, and parents who have experienced stillbirth.
National Women’s Committee