Several people in the UK have raised concern about the living conditions of the key workers in the frontline battle against coronavirus.
The Britons are calling on the government to fund a living wage for frontline workers. A carer said that after contracting the coronavirus she had to rely on food donations to survive.
An appeal for better income for all care workers and social care staff was launched in response to the carer who faced financial challenges when she was infected by the virus.
In support of the campaign, the archbishop of York, John Sentamu said: “It is just morally wrong to put our care workers on the front line in the face of infection and potential death, with limited personal protective equipment, and to do that for poverty pay.
“For me, this is simply unacceptable. I hope that if this epidemic teaches us anything, it will be to draw us back to justice, compassion and love,” he added.
A charity leading the campaign for better pay said that Tabitha had to depend on donations for survival for almost a month when she fell sick since her zero-hour job left her with little financial support.
The care worker who raised the complaint, Tabitha, said: “We appreciate the Thursday night clapping, but I feel like a Roman gladiator going into the ring. Everyone is clapping you, but you’re pitting yourself against a deadly disease without the proper pay and protection.”
A teacher in London originated a dance for the care workers that the Britons can perform on TikTok for the campaign.