Over 400 workers are employed by Outward to provide care and support to over 1000 clients with severe learning disabilities, older people, young people leaving care, mental health and autism spectrum conditions. Some of whom need 24 hour care.
Many of Outward workers already earn less than a living wage and the charity is proposing to cut pay even lower and increase their working week.
Parents of clients attended the protest and spoke about their fears for the quality of service for their children if the pay of carers was reduced even more.
Apart from the absolute moral argument there is a clear business case for workers to be paid at least a living wage from improvements in quality of care, sickness levels, recruitment costs and training budgets. The reputational risk to Outward and Newlon from employing staff in London on poverty pay rates is also clear.
This morning was the last day of consultation on proposed cuts to pay and conditions. I hope that Outward will listen to their workers.
Check out today's National UNISON press release.