U-turn on “horror show” shift patterns for Dundee care workers


Dundee City Council has stepped back from its plan to cut the pay of local home carers by up to £4,500 a year.

The council’s Health and Social Care Partnership has sent a letter to home care staff advising of “significant progress” in a review of home care services.

Last month, home care staff voted overwhelmingly against plans by the local Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) to impose new work patterns of 30 or 25 hours a week on a split shift system.

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It would have meant that staff who wanted to remain on single shift options would have had their working hours reduced to 23, 14 or 12 hours a week, leaving carers who want to avoid split shifts facing a wage cut of as much as £4,500 a year.

On International Women’s Day (March 8) trade union GMB Scotland called on the city council to step-back from the ‘absolute horror show’ plan.

And yesterday, Health and Social Care Partnership chief officer David Lynch sent a letter to workers confirming that “due to developments in the service”, new shift plans will allow employees to remain on their existing work patterns.

Home care staff will not be asked to move to a split-shift system unless they have requested this change themselves.

A Dundee Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Feedback from our workforce has been carefully considered and we have assessed the impact that people joining and leaving the service over the last year has had on delivery models.

“This all means that we can work with a range of shift patterns as we move towards future models of delivery.

“We have begun thinking more broadly about how we work across a range of services in the years to come to meet the demographic challenges of an ageing population and to ensure that we have services which support those who wish to remain in the community while managing a range of health and social care needs.

“We hope that this announcement brings to an end a period of uncertainty. We will continue to work with our employees and trade union representatives to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities which lie ahead in delivering for the people of Dundee.”

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