On the Rights of Carers

Over on Organized Rage, Mick Hall is highlighting the failure to treat Carers with anything like respect and Michael Chewter’s efforts to obtain Union representation for those carrying out this invaluable role. On another level it demonstrates a weakness in Henry McDonald’s Observer piece on the Bill of Rights.

What Henry read as a right to litigate over housework would have provided real support and entitlement for this neglected group of workers.

All workers, including those working in the home or in informal
employment, are entitled to rest, leisure, respite and reasonable
limitation of working hours, as well as appropriate provision for
retirement.

At the Bill of Rights Forum (pdf) the DUP and UUP voted against the entire section, the business sector was in two minds and bizarrely the Community/Voluntary Sector didn’t turn up.