UNISON lobby to save our care homes

Subject to final permissions being granted, UNISON will be holding a static lobby outside the Edinburgh City Chambers on Tuesday 17th August from 9.30am to coincide with the meeting of the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board (EIJB) meeting taking place at 10am.

Although this meeting will not be making a final decision on care home closures, they will be planning to move forward with wider consultation on the issue, with the purpose of coming to a decision at a meeting in September.

It was UNISON’s quick actions that ensured the EIJB did not move forward with the proposed closures at their meeting on 22nd June 2021.

UNISON will be making a deputation to the meeting on Tuesday 17th August and will be calling for; the saving of our care homes; meaningful engagement with the trade unions; call for proper impact assessments; and the need to have a wide-ranging meaningful public consultation.

UNISON is very clear that we want care homes to remain run by and for the public and not run by private companies for private profit.

If publicly owned and run care homes are not up to standard, then investment in adaptation, or the building of new care homes must be done to ensure that any demand can be met.

Staff in care home must be paid a decent wage, have access to developmental training and feel secure in their employment.

The lobby outside the City Chambers on Tuesday 17th August is only part of our campaign to ‘Save Our Care Homes’ and we will build to a bigger event for the September meeting.

You could also publicise our campaign by forwarding to family, colleagues, friends, and neighbours.

Please sign our petition here and click here for a link to a ready-made email to your MSP.