Well, what a week that was for our union and raising the profile of foster care workers! Since news broke of our case against Hampshire County Council regarding holiday entitlement, to challenge our working status, the media attention has been incredible, and the public are finally getting to hear about the realities of being a FCW from foster carers themselves, something that is long overdue.
Last Monday I was on the BBC1 Breakfast show, BBC radio 4 Today, BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire show, then ITV got wind of the story and sent a car for me and I was on the ITN lunchtime news, and channel 4&5 news in the evening. Then this Sunday I appeared on BBC2’s Sunday politics show….by my reckoning we reached some 15 million viewers, and there is more in the pipeline!
Anyone who missed it can catch up on our Facebook pages, or the IWGB Youtube channel.
Membership is soaring and FCW’s are joining every single day. The support has been overwhelmingly positive from all sectors, with many saying “We never knew that….” Public support was strong and positive, with many who were interviewed in the streets amazed that given the job that we do have no rights and are treated the way we are.
Foster carers are no longer afraid to say “I am a member of the IWGB, this is our union”