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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The under-paid & exploited social care workforce – a national scandal

‘Unpaid acts of love are keeping an underfunded, fragmented and outsourced care system ticking over, but time is running out’ writes UNISON national secretary for local government Heather Wakefield. A new UNISON report ‘Time to Care’ highlights the atrocious pay and working conditions of the 85% of the adult social care workforce which has been outsourced in England. Between 150,000 and 200,000 earn below the National Minimum Wage and 56% in the private or not for profit sectors are employed on zero hours contracts: