UNISON: govt is changing stance on work permits
The union UNISON has said the Government is beginning to bend to pressure to relax proposed new work permit rules that could have had serious implications for overseas workers.
Under the proposed new rules up to 10,000 senior care workers, many from the Phillipines, would not have had their work permits renewed because the Home Office said employers were not paying them an appropriate rate for the job. This was in addition to proposed new skills criteria which would have reduced the significance of the issue of renewing permits.
However, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said changes to these proposed arrangements were now being made.
“This is a victory for the campaign, for the workers, for the owners, for the residents and for common-sense,” said Mr Prentis.
“This is a tried and tested workforce and the change in permit rules led to enormous pressure in the care home sector. Employers who need these staff to run their businesses, care home residents who rely on these sta