Ahead of Tuesday’s final budget vote in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar today said Labour MSPs will back the Scottish Government’s budget if it delivers a fair deal for social care workers.
Scottish Labour has offered to support the budget if it includes an increase in social care workers’ pay to £12 an hour, with a process to raise this to £15 in the next parliament. The median wage for care workers across the UK is currently £9.50 an hour, and a pay rise could benefit as many as 200,000 people in Scotland who have contributed so much during the pandemic.
A recent survey conducted by the GMB union revealed that 98 per cent of social care workers feel underpaid, and 52 per cent regard themselves as undervalued by the Scottish Government.
Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said:
“Our dedicated NHS and social care workers have contributed so much during the pandemic. Their efforts have saved lives and ensured the most vulnerable in our communities have been cared for, which goes to the very heart of a compassionate society.
We applauded them and now it’s time to recognise and reward them with a fair pay deal in this year’s budget. So I am making a clear offer to the Scottish Government: deliver a fair pay rise for social care workers and we will vote for the budget.
And then let’s spend the next parliament working on a recovery plan to rebuild Scotland.”