North Lanarkshire Council’s vital Home Support Service has been nominated for a prestigious Herald Society Award for the Health Psychology Project, run in partnership with our NHS Lanarkshire colleagues. The Health and Social Care Integration Awards recognises ‘best examples of innovation and effectiveness in meeting the government’s health and social care agenda’ according to Herald Society.
The awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on the 6th of November.
The nomination is recognition of the dedication and hard work of UNISON members in North Lanarkshire Council’s Home Support Service. It’s a job that rarely come with recognition or even thanks, so the nomination is welcomed. It also comes at a time when UNISON, on behalf of hundreds of home support workers, most of them women, are fighting the council through the courts for pay equality with men. Some of these equal pay claims were lodged as long ago as 2006.
UNISON’s hope is that this acknowledgment of hard work, innovation and dedication is matched by the Council recognising that people who work in traditionally female roles, should be paid the same reward for the same effort as their colleagues in traditionally male roles. Branch Chairperson Marie Quigley said
“I’m delighted that our members in Home Support are being recognised for providing an excellent, and vital, service and I would again urge the Council to stop dragging their heels on settling equal pay claims”.