UNITE NW389’s #CommitmentToCare campaign

There are an estimated 42,000 voluntary and community sector workers in Greater Manchester, equivalent to 28,600 full-time jobs, generating £905 million to the local economy. There are 15,890 voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester, with a combined income of £1.3 billion, of which 62% goes to the 374 organisations with a turnover greater than £1 million.

Voluntary, community and not-for-profit sector workers in Greater Manchester are at the front line of social care, mental health, housing, children and young people provision, migration/asylum-seekers, community development, and many other services. Yet they face austerity, poverty and crises in public services.

Many voluntary and community sector workers are on poverty wages, precarious contracts, and under appalling terms and conditions. Results of a Unite NW389 survey to branch members across Greater Manchester indicate key grievances felt by voluntary sector workers include low pay, lack of sick pay or pensions, poor management, excessive workloads, under-staffing and under-budgeting, discrimination, stress and bullying.

In 2018 our branch began to engage with the local authorities of Greater Manchester to try and secure better working conditions for our members across the city region. Now into the second year of the campaign we continue to conduct negotiations with the Manchester City Council procurement team to introduce procurement review conditions for third party companies in breach of contractual obligations.

Our #CommitmentToCare campaign pledges to:

  • Fight for a real living wage for all members of our sector

  • To work with all Greater Manchester local authorities to secure transparent ethical procurement processes which allow our members to report failings in the system

  • To work with regional bodies to share institutional knowledge and best practise as devolution continues to advance across the city region

Our campaign is ongoing and we need voluntary and community sector workers to continue to contact us and share your stories. Part of our campaign includes the passage of a motion to local Constituency Labour Parties. For a copy of our current motion and a set of the speakers’ notes – please click here. (insert hyperlink) Should you require any further information on our campaign please contact us!