UNISON reaction on Welsh government pledge to help care workers

Reacting to today’s announcement from Health Minister Vaughan Gething that care workers who have to self-isolate due to Covid-19 should get their sick pay topped-up to ensure they’re not worse off, Tanya Palmer, UNISON Cymru Wales regional secretary said, 

It’s important to hear Welsh government acknowledge the serious concerns of care workers and Vaughan Gething deserves credit for listening to the trade unions. This approach is in stark contrast to the Westminster government.  

Employees on zero-hours or precarious contracts at private or non-profit care homes are already on low wages. They face financial hardship if they have to self-isolate. 

“People shouldn’t be faced with a choice of making ends meet or following public health advice and helping prevent the spread of the virus. 

 “UNISON believes workers self-isolating shouldn’t have to take a financial hit for doing the right thing. They should be paid in full, with the government stepping in to help out smaller employers where necessary. 

We want to work with Welsh government to look at how emergency measures could financially protect these low-paid workers caring for the most vulnerable in society including the elderly and sick who are most at risk if they become infected. 


Alastair Gittins, UNISON Cymru Wales press officer on 07816 53 83 97