LABOUR’S Deputy Leader Angela Rayner will visit Vale of Clwyd today (Tuesday) alongside Health Minister Vaughan Gething as he sets out Welsh Labour’s plans for a fair deal for our care workers. As a key pledge in the Senedd election, Welsh Labour promises to give care workers a pay rise to the Real Living Wage.
Rayner, who was a care worker before becoming an MP, points out the pay rise as a clear demonstration of the difference between Labour in power in Wales and the Conservatives in power in Westminster, saying “when we clapped for our carers we meant it”.
Rayner and Gething will join Welsh Labour Senedd candidate in the Vale of Clwyd, Jason McClellan to meet frontline care workers to hear about their experiences on the frontline and thank them for their hard work during the pandemic.
Speaking ahead of her visit Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader, said:
“When we clapped for our carers we meant it. The Tories clapped for the TV cameras but claps don’t pay the bills and the Tories won’t put their money where their mouth is.
“In Wales, a Labour government will deliver the pay rise our care workers heroes deserve. They’ve been the ones fighting this awful virus on the frontline and a pay rise is the very least they deserve after all they have done for us.
“This is personal for me – I know the hard graft care workers do because I did it. I worked side by side with care workers who would do anything for the people they looked after, and who didn’t get the pay or recognition that they deserved.
“In May’s Senedd elections a vote for Labour is a vote to give our care workers the pay rise and the proper thank you that they deserve.”
Vaughan Gething, Welsh Labour’s Health Minister, said:
“Our social care workers deserve more than just our applause – they deserve a pay rise.
“I’ve seen the hard work they do – in our hospitals, our care homes and our communities. Day in day out they look after some of our most vulnerable people with dignity and care.
“That’s why Welsh Labour will give them a proper thank you for the vital work that they do, and deliver the Real Living Wage for them, if we win May’s Senedd election.”
Jason McClellan, Welsh Labour’s Senedd candidate for the Vale of Clwyd, said:
“I’m standing to give everyone in the Vale of Clwyd a fair deal. We can start that work by electing a Welsh Labour government that will give the real living wage to care workers.
“I’m so pleased that Angela and Vaughan came here to Rhyl to meet our fantastic key workers, and to hear first-hand what things have been like on the front line against this virus.
“Welsh Labour knows the importance of investing in our NHS and social care – looking after those who look after us when we most need it. Together, we will move the Vale of Clwyd forward.”