07 Aug 2013
More than 100 GMB members who are former members of the Gurkha Regiment have staged a demonstration outside the Ministry of Defence in London.
The demonstration is over the actions of their employer, SERCO, who is contracted by the MOD to provide training and skills to the armed forces. Serco is proposing to cut up to 100 jobs from 6th September 2013. This is in breach of a guarantee given to GMB in December 2012 as part of the resolution to a previous dispute. Serco guaranteed that if the employees accepted a variation to their contract of employment to reduce their contractual hours they would retain the new pay rates and hours of work until 31st December 2013.
Ross Murdoch, GMB Organiser said, “GMB is shocked that Serco would even consider breaking the guarantee and putting the jobs of these workers under threat.
These GMB members are ex-soldiers who have fought for this country and are now passing on their valuable skills, knowledge and expertise to current soldiers prior to their deployment overseas. The workers’ trust in their employer has all but been shattered. We therefore feel we have no choice but to fight this and will now be holding an official ballot for industrial action.