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Unions call for better pay – not overseas recruitment

Instead of touring the world to fill the 160,000 vacancies, the Government should pay carers a decent wage, says GMB Union.

In response to claims in The Times that the Government will step up overseas recruitment this winter, the health and care workers’ union says: “Proper carer pay is the way to solve the staffing crisis”.

In the article, plans are outlined for an online “support hub” to fill vacancies and support employers with visas and pre-employment checks on a mass scale. A “request for information” has been seen by The Times, to assess interest and capacity.

However, Gary Smith GMB general secretary, said: “Instead of touring the world for people to fill the 160,000 vacancies in social care, the Government should ensure our carers already working here get a decent wage they can live on, starting with a minimum of £15 an hour. “ 

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