Commenting on the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“Pushing ahead with the Immigration Bill is a triumph of bloody-mindedness over common sense.
“Migrant workers are in the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 in care homes, propping up a neglected system that would collapse without them.
“Hundreds of thousands of care jobs are unfilled, yet the government is intent on cutting off a source of skilled workers just when the UK needs them the most.
“The pandemic has taught us that low pay doesn’t mean low-skilled. Out of touch ministers measuring value only in pounds and pence – and decreeing that those earning less than £25,600 can’t contribute – clearly have never been to a care home.
“Migrant workers have proved themselves vital to the country time and time again. To slam the door in their faces now is shameful.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police forces and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.