‘Extremely good news’ on sleep-in appeal

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UNISON welcomes Supreme Court decision to allow appeal in case of pay for care workers on sleep-in shifts.
The decision to grant permission for an appeal against last summer’s Court of Appeal judgment affecting care workers on sleep-in shifts is extremely good news, says the union.

The UNISON-backed case – taken on behalf of care worker Clare Tomlinson-Blake – argues that sleep-in shifts should count as working time and be paid at least hourly minimum wage rates.

“Across the UK, thousands of care staff work sleep-in shifts looking after vulnerable adults and children, many with significant, challenging needs,” commented Dave Prentis. “As a society we should be celebrating the valuable job care workers do, not expecting them to survive on a pittance.”