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Scottish National Care Service will introduce collective pay bargaining

Full collective pay bargaining will be one feature of the new National Care Service, the Scottish parliament has heard.

In a debate, Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work Richard Lochhead was asked how proposals for the national care service seek to improve pay and conditions for that mainly female workforce.

The debate heard that in 2022, Scotland’s median gender pay gap for full-time employees was 3.7 per cent, compared to the 8.3 per cent figure for the United Kingdom. Low pay in the social care sector was blamed for contributing to the gender pay gap.

Lochhead said that the fair work agenda is at the heart of the Government’s proposals for a national care service. From April 2023, adult social care workers’ pay will increase to a minimum of £10.90 an hour, which represents a 14.7 per cent increase in the past two years.

Latest figures suggest that 19 per cent of the Scottish care workforce is unionised.

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