A new report published by the OECD this week, highlights the low pay and poor working conditions for long-term care (LTC) workers, and makes a number of recommendations to reduce staff shortages and the high staff turnover in the sector.
The ‘Beyond Applause’ report finds that across OECD countries:
The report makes a number of useful recommendations, including:
“As trade unions, we have known that significant labour shortages and high levels of staff turnover plague the long-term care sector. These issues create a vicious cycle for workers in the sector and undermine unionization, collective bargaining and social dialogue. The OECD’s ‘Beyond Applause’ report doesn’t just provide important statistics but also offers a way forward with its RESPECT strategy. Trade unions in every OECD country can now point to this report to make an even stronger case for respecting care workers. And OECD countries themselves need to work with social partners to turn these recommendations into reality,” said Adrian Durtschi, Head of UNI Care about the report.
During the webinar to launch Beyond Applause, UNI Care Europa presented its own study on the long-term care sector in its Retain Report, which is also quoted in the OECD study.
“The OECD has done everyone a service by highlighting the problems in long-term care and making recommendations to improve the attractiveness of working in that sector. Their report deserves attention and follow-up action to rebalance the bargaining power of workers in almost every OECD country. Taking care of our loved ones is not something that should be done on the cheap,” says Veronica Nilsson, Acting General Secretary of TUAC (the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD). “Despite the applause during the COVID pandemic, long-term care remains in crisis with low pay, poor working conditions, and a high turnover and shortages of staff.”