Pay us fairly for our overnight shifts, care workers say

12 February 2020 – BBC News

A protracted battle over care-workers’ pay reached the Supreme Court on 12.02.2020.

Unions say that all care staff should receive the minimum wage for night shifts even if they are asleep.

One of the two cases being considered by the Supreme Court is against Mencap, the learning disability charity.

Thousands of workers will be affected and organisations providing care are worried that if they lose, they could be liable for millions of pounds in back pay, which they cannot afford.

Mr Bartey says the squeeze is due to councils and the NHS not paying care companies the minimum wage for providing sleep-in care at the homes of older or disabled people who might need help.

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