‘Social Work Watch’ takes place on 21 September 2016 across the UK
UNISON, in partnership with Community Care, is once again running ‘Social Work Watch’ to shine a light on a typical working day in social work.
On Wednesday 21 September we want as many social work staff as possible to fill in a survey about their working day. We will use the results to promote understanding of social work, and highlight the daily pressures staff have to contend with.
UNISON is teaming up with Community Care to run the second ‘Social Work Watch’. On 21st September we want as many social work staff as possible to take part by filling in a survey to tell us about their day. We will ask them to give details of their caseload on that day, how many hours they worked, what they did, how it made a difference, and the pressures and challenges they faced.
We will use the findings to highlight for the public and policy makers the challenges and pressures social work staff face every day. We will also use it to celebrate the value and importance of the work they do, in spite of the cuts, staff shortages and media hostility.
I am writing to you about a current dispute in Derby, between UNISON members working as support staff in schools and their employer Derby City Council.
There is Industrial Action being carried out by our members who are low paid and carry out fundamental roles in our community, supporting the education provision for children. They are taking action due to a pay cut of up to 25% from 1 June 2016, due to imposed changes to their Terms and Conditions by their employer. This equates to as much as £400 a month for some of these members.
Proudly our members are joining together and taking action, with the full support of their trade union, UNISON. We are overwhelmed with the dedication and participation during the Industrial Action taken to date and that the members have captured both a really strong sense of solidarity and engagement.
Derby City Council’s response has been to describe themselves as “Margaret Thatcher”; liken the School Support Staff to “striking Miners” and assert that they will “starve them back to work”. We are keen that our members aren’t starved back to work. They are not miners; this is not the 1980s.
We need support to make this a victory by donating.
All donations will be gratefully received and your support will be shared with our striking members.