St Georges Hospital strike over bogus redundancy
“GMB Union will not stand idly by as members face this bogus redundancy situation and a decision will be made early next week over the timetable for the ballot”, says GMB Southern
GMB members employed by outsourced contractor Mitie have been given authority to go ahead with an official strike ballot by the Central Executive Council in a dispute over a bogus redundancy situation for cleaning and catering staff. The decision on the timetable for the ballot will be made early next week.
The members opposed plans to make cuts to hours of cleaners and hostess staff in St George’s hospital as part of a bogus redundancy situation.
The workers have voted overwhelmingly to request an official strike ballot for action to fight the attack on standards in the hospital.
The request for permission to proceed to an official strike ballot in the dispute was considered under union rules by the Central Executive Council not the Regional Committee since the ballot covers more than 300 members.
Paul Maloney Regional Secretary said, "The Central Executive Council has given authority to go ahead with the official strike ballot for these members at St George’s Hospital in this dispute over a bogus redundancy situation to cut staff for the sole purpose of increasing the profits of the outsourced contractor over the life of the contract.
"The patients and staff in the NHS face this completely unacceptable cuts in staff working flat out is the direct result of outsourcing vital jobs in the hospital.
"GMB call on the NHS Trust to reverse this outsourced contract and bring the jobs back in house.
"GMB will not stand idly by as members face this bogus redundancy situation. A decision will be made early next week on the timetable for the ballot."
Contact: Helen O’Connor 07506 711574 or GMB Southern Press Office 07974 251 826
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