Repeated attempts by GMB to engage ministers in the crisis of trust around PPE for care workers have been ignored. In the absence of a response from Cabinet Secretary @ClydesdAileen or reassurance from today's press conference, we endorse @COSLA's demand for a call with the DFM.
The @GMBGlasgowCC Cleansing Convenor Chris Mitchell sent us this video, setting out some of the measures they’re taking to practice social distancing and to try to keep workers in the service safe during the coronavirus crisis.
The truth on the social care frontline is that we have a workforce with no confidence, no proper PPE, no testing regime and, ultimately, that are not valued for the work they are doing. @GMBScotOrg's Paula Logue & Shona Thomson spoke to @BBCRadioScot about the crisis in care.
Today's @COSLA call on PPE for carers was a shambles. Last night's letter issued by the Chief Nurse tried to roll back on commitments made to care workers. GMB Scotland has called, for weeks, on @ClydesdAileen to step in - without any reply. The Minister needs to step up today.
“An untold story of this crisis so far has been the inconvenient truth that the lower paid you are on the frontline of the key worker response, the less protection and resource you get. This needs to end now." GMB Statement: Scottish Social Care Sector - https://tinyurl.com/wz3ypjs
Steven Fawns, one of our brilliant Private Care reps, tells us why he’s one of #ScotlandsHeroes! 🏴💪 Tonight we’ll be joining the #ClapForOurCarers to thank key workers like Steve who are providing the essential services that keep all of us safe. Thanks Steve! 👏
We encourage everyone to join in the #ClapForOurCarers at 8pm tonight, to show your appreciation for the key workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. 👏👏👏 But don't just #ClapForOurCarers, let's give them the proper PPE they need to do their job safely!
Today in Parliament, @MonicaLennon7 raised the concerns of care workers, warning that “not valuing carers is going to cost lives”. Carers must have confidence that they have the equipment & information they need to safely do their jobs on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis.
“You feel vulnerable, and sometimes you can feel alone because you’re thinking to yourself "is this right what I’m doing?” No one should be scared to do their job. GMB rep Shirley Furie spoke to @C4Ciaran about the anxiety over PPE facing Scotland's care workers.
Home carers are key workers, and they're on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. They need to know they have the proper PPE in order to protect themselves, and right now too many feel unsafe, unsupported, and scared to go to work.