UNISON takes sleep-ins fight to supreme court

Building on the union’s proud victory in the Supreme Court over employment tribunal fees, UNISON will once again be taking the fight for members’ rights to the UK’s highest court.

We’re fighting to win our case on ‘sleep-ins’ – making sure care workers who stay overnight with the vulnerable people they care for receive the pay they deserve for their work. UNISON was recently granted permission to take its case to the Supreme Court.

This will be an opportunity to clarify the law once and for all, and a chance to win again for low-paid women workers. Across the UK, thousands of care staff work sleep-in shifts looking after vulnerable adults and children, many with significant, challenging needs. So it’s outrageous those hours aren’t counted as working time.

They’re not free to come and go as they please and, as often the sole member of staff, they’re likely to be on their feet for much of the night. It’s work and it needs to be paid.

As UNISON takes the fight to the Supreme Court – that’s the case we’ll be continuing to make. We will keep you posted.