Carers left penniless by Northern Trust

18 04 2014
carersCarers in the Northern Health Trust area have been short-changed by the Northern Health Trust and left without wages and reimbursement of travel expenses incurred in the course of their work.

East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat has called for an explanation and an assurance that the arrears owed to the carers is paid immediately and steps taken to avoid a repeat of what he describes as ‘unacceptable treatment of good people  working on low wages and performing a vital role caring for people in the community’.

He said:

“This has been happening for a number of weeks with no explanation as to why care workers have been left out of pocket and short-changed both in wages and travel costs.

“This is no way to treat key workers delivering a vital service to vulnerable people in the community.

“Clearly if there is a problem workers are entitled to know what it is and that it is being addressed.  It is totally wrong to have people on low wages living from hand to mouth while expected to fork out money on travel that they are not paid for.

“I have asked for an assurance that this shoddy practice will cease immediately.”

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