Julie Tudor, UNISON Convenor at Bolton Cares, and the branch have been actively campaigning to support our members employed by Bolton Cares, a company wholly owned by Bolton Council, set up to look after some of the most vulnerable residents in the town.
Bolton Cares is completely reliant on Bolton Council for its funding, and when the company was set up in 2016, built into the contract was a 1% increase for pay awards. This is totally insufficient. All council workers received a 2% pay award in 2018 and all council workers will receive a further pay increase of 2% minimum from April 2019.
However, workers at Bolton Cares have been told they will only get between 0% and 1.5% this year. Only the very lowest paid will get 2.9% to bring them up to the Living Wage.
Most of the workers at Bolton Cares are women, with many reliant on ‘in work’ benefits to get by. Our campaign has been to highlight the plight of the low paid in Bolton and demand that the hard work they do for our community is recognised.
All workers in Bolton Council including chief officers, senior managers and frontline workers will receive at least a 2% pay rise from April 2019. This follows a 2% increase in 2018.
The Retail Price Index (inflation) in December 2018 was 2.9% and average pay across the UK rose by 3.4%. Care workers deserve an increase that reflects the hard work that they do. A 2% minimum increase for all workers employed by Bolton Cares is not a great deal to ask.
How you can help:
- Sign our petition and share this with your friends and family on social media – https://tinyurl.com/y2cqpy4r
- Contact your ward councillor
- Contact the Leader of the Council, Councillor Linda Thomas