Today’s the Carers Virtual Strike day of action. And never was a day of action more aptly named, because – of course – today the unpaid family carers of the UK will be working our socks off as normal.
Join us in our fight for justice – and our simple, reasonable and affordable demands. Each sign-up to the strike sends an email to Iain Duncan Smith, asking him to implement the Carer’s Manifesto.
If the people signed up to this strike by this morning dropped dead of exhaustion it would cost the UK nearly £125MILLION to replace us. For a year. £125 MILLION is a lot of money, but its just the tip of the iceberg when we look at the real cost of unpaid care.If every carer signed up, the replacement costs of us all would be truly staggering.
As carers, Virtual Strike Day will, of course, be business as usual. So how will you be spending the day? Tell us, please and, if possible, send one or more of the following that we can put online:
- Tweet about your day – hashtagged #CarersVirtualStrike
- Tweet a selfie, hashtagged #Strikerselfie #CarersVirtualStrike
- Send us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com
- Email us and tell us what would be happening to your loved one if you weren’t there today …
You can be as public or anonymous as you like – but please remember in every case to safeguard the privacy and identity of the person you care for.
We Carers continue to get a raw deal but this Virtual Strike is the one way we can demand justice without harming those we love and care for. Waiting for people to notice us has not worked. If we make a fuss, kick up a twitter storm, and shame everyone into recognising how much they need us, yet take us for granted, we may finally achieve some of the things we need to make our futures better than our past .
Have a good day!
Click here for the Guardian Social Care Network coverage on WHY we carers are on virtual strike