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Ministers' Refusal to Enforce Care Sector Minimum Wage Is Treating Workers 'with Contempt' Says GMB

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Union says additional funding is needed to address cash crisis in social care.

GMB, the union for care workers, has slammed the Government's announcement that National Minimum Wage enforcement in the care sector will be suspended for a further month. [1] 

Sharon Wilde, GMB National Officer for Care, said: 

"This disgraceful announcement shows that the Government is washing its hands of a care sector in crisis. 

"Care workers perform extremely difficult jobs for very low pay, and Ministers are treating with contempt by not enforcing the National Minimum Wage. 

"The average care worker earns just £7.75 an hour - just 25p above the minium wage, and non-compliance with the law is still endemic in the sector. [2]

"High turnover rates are already putting staff and patients at risk. 

"The real problem is that there just isn't enough money in the system. It's time for Ministers to treat care workers with some humanity and put in the additional funding that we so desperately need." 

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes for editors 

[1] BEIS, Government extends suspension of minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector, 28 September 2017: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-suspension-of-minimum-wage-enforcement-in-the-social-care-sector 

[2] Average hourly wage figure taken from the Skills for Care National Minimum Dataset service: https://www.nmds-sc-online.org.uk/

Previous press release

[3] GMB, Decision to stop NMW enforcement for 100,000s care workers 'reckless,' 27 July 2017, http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/NMW-care-workers 

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