We call on the City of Edinburgh Council to recognise that social care support workers play a vital role in the provision of housing support services and are therefore entitled to fair pay and conditions.
In recent years the Council and the voluntary sector have invested in creating a well trained and qualified workforce in the city of Edinburgh. This is at risk as competitive tendering and budget cuts threaten to reduce the role of support worker to an undervalued low paid job. This will lead to a reduction in quality of service, decrease in morale and the loss of experienced, dedicated and qualified staff.
It is essential, for continuity and quality of service, that support workers receive a reasonable, living wage that takes account of the skilled and specialised nature of their work.
We, the undersigned, ask that, when setting Direct Payment rates or negotiating housing support contracts with service-providers, the City of Edinburgh Council will include in their funding arrangements provision for reasonable pay and conditions for frontline staff.
The Fair Wages for Edinburgh's Housing Support Workers petition to The City of Edinburgh Council was written by Andrew and is in the category Employment at GoPetition.