Home support staff are fighting back

Home support workers campaign at Wishaw General Hospital
Home support workers campaign at Wishaw General Hospital

Home support workers from Motherwell, Bellshill and Wishaw have launched a campaign to remain within the public sector.

North Lanarkshire Council is currently in the process of consulting with the public as it looks to save £45 million over the next two years.

One of the options is to transfer the equivalent of 400 full-time home support workers to the private sector using the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations, known colloquially as TUPE.

This would mean that 60 per cent of the council’s home support workers would be employed within the private sector and save a total of £3.6 million over the two years, £600, 000 in the first and £3 million in the second.

Home support workers have been campaigning at Wishaw General Hospital and Newarthill Credit Union and have so far got over 4,000 members of the public to sign standard letters calling on the council to dismiss
this option.

A spokeswoman for the home support workers said: “Over 500 full and part-time home support jobs are at risk of being transferred over TUPE if this proposal goes through in

“If North Lanarkshire Council implements this privatisation we believe this would result in the money we should be investing in the home care service being eaten away by the private sector who will be gaining profit from the service.

“Home support are the eyes and ears of the social work service, we raise concerns if there are any changes in the service users’ health or support they receive.

“The council want the public to have their say, but it is clear many do not understand the situation or haven’t even received the booklet. However, the fact we have so far collected over 4,000 letters shows they are deeply against this proposal.”