Migrant Workers News, Support & FREE Webinar

This webinar will take place online on 8 November between 7-8pm.

Our health and social care services depend on migrant workers to function, but staff moving here from abroad to work in these settings face many challenges.

UNISON is the UK’s largest union, and we are holding a free event for migrant workers in November to discuss how being part of a trade union can help you tackle difficulties at work and beyond, as well as having access to advice, support and representation.
From workplace difficulties and racism to housing and visas, we’ll be discussing how we can overcome these challenges together, with some expert speakers on hand to answer your questions.
Speakers:
  • Narmada Thiranagama, UNISON Migrant Workers Unit
  • Sairah Javed, Helpline Manager, Joint Committee for the Welfare of Immigrants
  • Michelle England, UNISON North West Regional Health Chair

Register for the event here

Latest News on Migrant Workers

Care workers have been subjected to racial abuse, had their wages and passports withheld and have been threatened with deportation by their employer, a new report has revealed.

The report by anti-slavery charity Unseen has laid bare the abuse experienced by internationally educated care staff in the UK, as it highlighted that the number of workers contacting its modern slavery and exploitation helpline had skyrocketed in the last year.

There was a 606% increase in care work-related modern slavery cases reported to the Unseen helpline last year, said the report.

It found that, during 2022, 106 cases of modern slavery in the care sector were indicated to the helpline – up from just 15 the previous year.

Those 106 cases involved 712 potential victims – up from just 15 the previous year.

Unseen has estimated that these figures will continue to grow and could reach record highs by the end of 2023.

The charity warned that the sector was susceptible to worker exploitation and modern slavery due to long-term issues of low pay and poor working conditions because of persistent underfunding in social care.

The report warned that overseas workers do not always understand their rights in the UK, which leaves them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

It comes as a recent report from Skills for Care revealed that the independent social care sector had recruited 70,000 internationally educated workers into direct care-providing roles in the last year – up 50,000 from the year before.

Unseen noted that many of these workers would have paid huge fees to employers or recruitment agencies to come to the UK on special visas designed to fill vacancies in the sector.

FREE Immigration Advice for Members

UNISON Migrant Worker Members can access expert migrant rights advice and support for themselves and their families via a UNISON funded partnership with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). Members can access the advice service via UNISONdirect who can then arrange an appointment for the member with a JCWI advisor.

Call UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857.