Tabitha is a care worker and Citizens UK leader - and one of the many key workers helping to keep the country running during the Covid-19 crisis. Like 500,000 other care sector staff in the UK, she works below the Living Wage. This is why she is launching a campaign today with Citizens UK to get key workers a real Living Wage.
I feel like a Roman Gladiator going into the ring on a night shift. Everyone is clapping you, but you're pitting yourself against a deadly disease without the proper pay and protection.
That’s why I’ve launched this petition to ask Matt Hancock MP to properly fund social care, with the £1.4 billion needed to ensure hundreds of thousands of staff like me can receive the real Living Wage.
Like many other care workers, I became ill with Covid-19.
I couldn't work for 29 days and had to rely on food donations from friends and neighbours. My zero hours contract and minimum wage job left me with no safety net. A secure job with a real Living Wage would help me and many more care workers avoid such a struggle. If we don’t go into the gladiator ring, then who will?
There are almost 1 million care workers and care home staff on the frontline caring and supporting our communities. We are not an afterthought or a footnote. We are proud to be carers and to support people during and after the pandemic. But we deserve our humanity too.
Together, we can call for a real Living Wage for key workers - and here's how:
- Sign our petition to ask Matt Hancock MP to properly fund social care and give a real Living Wage to care workers.
- Print out our #LivingWage4KeyWorker posters, put them in your window, and show your support for key workers like me.
- Take part in our #ClapforCarers TikTok dance, choreographed by Caroline Verdant with music created by Nathan Chan, teachers at St Antony’s Catholic Primary School and also our incredible leaders.
- And don’t forget to share this page with your family and friends to keep the conversation going – we can make a difference with your help!
Over the coming weeks we will be shining a spotlight on other key workers who are helping to keep the country running during the Covid-19 pandemic. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with this campaign.