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Carers full pay win for Islington Unison

24 July, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

ALL staff working in Islington care homes are set to receive “full pay” if they have to take time off due to Covid-19, it has been announced.

The Islington branch of Unison had called on the government and council to ensure that all care home staff received full sickness and isolation pay instead of the statutory sick pay of £96 per week they were receiving.

In a victory for the campaigners, deputy leader and Town Hall health chief Janet Burgess assured the union that the council will ensure homes pay at a committee meeting on Thursday, the union said.

This will be funded by the government’s “Infection Control Fund”. All homes have been informed that if they do not spend the money correctly, they will not receive a second instalment of funding, a spokesman for Unison told the Tribune.

Andrew Berry, Islington Unison Labour Link Officer, said: “Workers who need to isolate need to pay their bills and put food on the table. They cannot do this on Statutory Sick Pay which is only £96 a week.”

Jane Doolan, Islington Unison Branch Secretary, said: “We encourage Unison members to contact us if they are not getting paid if, and when, they need to isolate. Home care remains an outstanding issue and we will continue to argue for home care staff to get full sick pay.”

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