STUC welcomes support for National Care Service
STUC welcomes the recommendations from the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland. The Review highlights the structural challenges in the social care sector that inhibit workers ability to collectively bargain for improved pay and conditions. Further the Review calls for the creation of a National Care Service and recognises that collective bargaining of terms and conditions is integral to a redesigned system with workers represented in the design, development and delivery of social care.
Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary stated:
“We welcome today’s report, and share it’s ambition for new thinking on social care. We believe that social care must be valued as essential infrastructure for Scotland to prosper, and fully support the Review Group’s recommendation to create a National Care Service that provides quality care and employment opportunities.
“The dedication of social care staff needs to be matched with nationally agreed terms and conditions that value the skills of the workforce.
“However, we believe any new National Care Service must be fully funded and sit within the public and not for profit sectors to ensure that shareholder profits are not funded by Scotland’s tax payers.”