STUC Black Workers Committee Statement on Waverley Care

July 10th 2020

STUC Black Workers Committee Statement on Waverley Care

July 10th 2020

The STUC Black Workers Committee stands in solidarity with UNISON members and all the staff at Waverley Care, in particular, Black and minority ethnic workers who are fighting the threat of redundancy during an economic, social and health pandemic. Staff have been working hard to care for the most vulnerable by continuing service delivery and joining the team to deliver food parcels and other essential items to the most vulnerable. They have also offered to take a pay cut to ensure service users in need of the vital services Waverley Care deliver can continue to receive this care. We have also been made aware of reports of institutional racism which is driving the management's decisions in relation to redundancy.

The STUC Black Workers Committee wrote to the First Minister in recent weeks to highlight the disproportionate impact of COVID – 19 on Black workers and to highlight that employer practice means Scottish Government's Fair Work Agenda is neither fair or working for Scotland's Black Workers. As the experience of Waverley Care highlights, it is time for the Scottish Government to get serious on protecting Scotland's Black Workers and Delivering Fair Work for all.

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