Somerset care ‘bully boy’ tactics won’t stop pay claim

30 Oct 2020
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GMB, the union for social care staff has hit out after Somerset care’s refusal to meet with members representatives  

After submitting the pay claim on behalf of hard-pressed care staff, the care provider immediately threatened to derecognise the union and refuse the staff pay claim for 2021. 

Somerset Care has 27 care homes across the South of West of England and offer a range of home care and support services.

During the worst of the Covid 19 pandemic care staff have been deemed as essential workers, working with vulnerable patients at risk not only to their own health but also to the risk of their families. 

GMB accused the care provider of ‘bully boy’ tactics and have reassured the care staff that they will fight tooth and nail to secure a pay deal for members. 

GMB will shortly be looking to make a collective pay claim for 2021-22 for all members in Social Care, and to do that, we need to hear from you:


GMB Regional Organiser Ester Compton said: 

“These threats and bullyboy tactics won’t offput us from pursuing the pay that our members deserve.  

“It’s worrying that Somerset Care thinks so little of their staff that they’re taking away their rights at a time like this. Members can see these tactics for what they are, and it will do nothing but deteriorate relations between staff and management. 

“These staff have risked their health and the health of their families over this pandemic to protect vulnerable workers. Members should have no doubt that we will fight tooth and nail to ensure they get every penny of the pay rise they deserve.”  

Full Sick Pay 

GMB has been campaigning for full sick pay to be a contractual right for all social care workers. The recent success in this campaign is that the Government have provided additional funded to enable your employer to pay full sick pay for Covid-19 related absences. 

However, for us to succeed in securing full sick pay all year round and for all illnesses – we need your support.


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