261 VIRTUAL STRIKERS on 21 June 2014 means 6,264 VIRTUAL STRIKE HOURS which would amount to £93,960 VIRTUAL cost to the state if you had to replace them.
Just as well its not a real strike, eh?
Britain doesn’t choose to pay its family carers – but if these people died tonight (and working very long hours every single day without time off for weekends, holidays or even ill-health makes us much more likely to break or die than the rest of you) it would cost the state over £34 million a year to replace!
And thats just to replace 261 of us. There are over 7 million carers in the UK. Do the sums, why dontcha?
Unison, Unite, NUT, NUJ and all the rest of you unions – just think of this, and remember how lucky you are.You are able to strike to improve conditions of pay, sick pay, holiday pay.You can refer to the European Working Time Directive. Isn’t it time you recognised the workers on your doorstep without these benefits? Carers cannot strike, and (maybe co-incidentally?) we have no pay, no sick pay, no occupational pension or holiday entitlement.
What I have issue with is that unions spend so much time talking about the heart-stoppingly poor working person – and yet you blank us carers – the absolutely poorest of the poor – totally and completely. Hypocrites! Face it, you are no better than nasty Amanda, Miranda, Belinda – the yummy mummies with the hairbands, the black labs and the 4x4s who can never ever notice people whose children are in state school!
We’re not in your ‘gang’ – and you don’t care a toss for anyone who isn’t . You don’t recognise us poorest of poor working persons because nobody pays us for the slave-labour hours we undertake and so we can’t pay you any dues. Cynical am I? I’m happy to listen to you explain why it is you fail to recognise us!
And, ok, you cannot strike for us, and have never spoken up for us – but isn’t it time you stopped walking by on the other side of the street?
You talk about representing the workers. Good. Why not look at us?