More than 300 care staff working with disabled adults across the West Midlands have been threatened with the sack by their employer Aspire Living, according to a press release from UNISON.

The following is from a UNISON West Midlands Press Release:

The frontline staff who work across the counties of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford have been told they could be out of a job by Christmas unless they agree to substantial changes to their contracts, says UNISON.

Aspire Living, a charity providing care services to local councils, wants to cut the annual leave, sick pay, and overtime of its workforce, which would see low-paid care staff losing out financially, says UNISON.

The new contract Aspire wants to impose on its staff also contains a clause allowing the employer to lower pension provision should it wish in the future.

UNISON West Midlands regional organiser Ray Salmon said: “There’s already a crisis in social care. Many services are struggling to deliver as they simply can’t recruit enough staff.

‚ÄúThis is no way to treat care workers who have given their all during the pandemic. Cruel cuts such as these threatened by Aspire would be outrageous at any time. But to do so now after everything they have done is beyond breath-taking”.

“Aspire seems to have forgotten that only a few months ago the entire country was applauding the efforts of all key workers. This is not the time to be treating dedicated care staff with such contempt.

“If the bullying tactics at Aspire succeed, everyone will be expected to work longer for less. Long-serving care staff could see their retirement plans ruined. Many others may choose to leave for jobs elsewhere.

‚ÄúStaff are distraught at the impact the changes could have on the many vulnerable adults so reliant on the care provided. The charity must see sense and think again.‚ÄĚ