Pay boost for care workers in Wales

U.K.

Public service union UNISON has welcomed the announcement by the Welsh government that care workers in the country are to receive a bonus of £1000 after tax (€1200) in April, alongside the introduction of the real living wage. However, the union has warned that more needs to be done to encourage care workers stay or come into the sector. It has also expressed voiced disappointment that non-care staff are not covered. The union believes the Welsh government is responding to union and employer pressure because of the serious staffing crisis in care. UNISON has also been arguing for the early implementation of fair work recommendations, such as a unified pay and progression structure, which will offer the same rates of pay, dependent on role, experience and skills. The living wage is currently £9.90 (€10.20) an hour outside London.

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