Care home staff need 'protection'


Care workers in Sheffield are lacking adequate union representation, according to the GMB.

After being de-recognised by Sheffcare, the GMB organised a petition calling on the company to begin talks on a new trade union agreement.

Sue Wood, Senior Organiser with GMB, said: “Our members are unhappy that Sheffcare no longer negotiate with GMB on pay, terms and conditions."

"GMB has contacted Sheffcare in an attempt to resolve the dispute, but to date has not had a response. We are in the process of lodging an application on behalf of its members to the Central Arbitration Committee in a bid to reinstate GMB union recognition."

Campaigning at both a national and local level to end the funding crisis within the care sector, the Union has called upon the Government and Sheffield City Council to take note and begin to resolve the problem. Although the GMB believe there is more to this situation than just money.

"Anyone working with vulnerable adults should have the protection of a trade union in the event of allegations, assaults and injury at work"

Chief Executive of Sheffcare, Belinda Black, responded by saying that she is very 'proud' of their staff retention rates, and that the 'vast majority' of workers were paid above the national living wage.

She said: "We do not discriminate on age, which means that even our youngest members of staff are included in that arrangement. Our high levels of staff engagement ensure that members of the Sheffcare team show high levels of satisfaction with working for the organisation."

“Sheffcare places the comfort and safety of its residents at the centre of everything it does but to achieve that means we have to ensure we have the team to meet those high levels of expectation, which is why we so proud of our staff relations.”

The GMB remain determined to open up negotiations with the company.

"We are disappointed to be in this position as we have previously had a good and longstanding working relationship with Sheffcare. We would urge the company to meet with us to resolve this situation on behalf of our members.”