Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting care workers to stop the spread of COVID-19 by demanding protection for their health, their families, their employment and their pay.
Care Workers vs COVID 19 are a group based in the North West of England who are working in collaboration with Care Workers for Change and Unison North West to demand protection for care workers.
Right now, care workers are putting themselves at risk to provide care and support to high-risk groups, including the over-70s and people with underlying health conditions. Care workers are going above and beyond to protect the most vulnerable, whilst they have been given few protections. Not only is this unacceptable, but it also hinders efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Care workers are therefore demanding protection for their health, their families, their employment and their pay.
These protections include:
- Priority testing, essential training and PPE provisions for care works in line with Public Health England guidance
- Full-pay for care workers who take leave to care for dependents with COVID-19 or for whom childcare is unavailable
- No care workers are laid-off, dismissed or engaged in absence management procedures because they have to stay at home to care for themselves or their families
- Full-pay for care workers required to self-isolate or who are suffering from COVID-19, including staff on zero-hour, multiple or relief contracts
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Care workers carry out essential work in our society and I would like to thank them for their service during these particularly difficult times.
“The least the Government can do to support our care workers is protect their health, their families, their employment and their pay.
“This is why I am proud to support Care Workers vs COVID 19 as they demand protection for care workers to stop the spread of COVID-19.”