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40 Jobs Saved at Sodexo

Thursday, December 27, 2012

40 Jobs saved at Sodexo Brighton NHS by GMB members.

GMB welcomes Sodexo re-issued HR1 notification to reduce the number of redundancies at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust from 96 to between 45 and 59.

GMB Members working for Sodexo within Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust have welcomed the news that over 40 jobs have been saved as a result of the company’s decision revise down proposals for redundancies on the contract.

GMB members are employed in cleaning, housekeeping, patient feeding, portering, linen, grounds maintenance and supervisory positions, reacted angrily when Sodexo announced plans to make 96 people redundant, with only a short consultation over the Christmas Period. As a result GMB made the decision to ballot the members for industrial action.

Following negotiations with GMB the Company have re-issued the HR1 notification of redundancies which reduces the number of redundancies from 96 to between 45 and 59. Further, it will consider applications for voluntary redundancy first and will extend the consultation period to 21st January in order to take account of the Christmas period.

GMB Members are subject to a live ballot which is being conducted by the independent Electoral Reform Society, and it is through this process that they will indicate if the Company’s revised proposals are good enough to avert industrial action.

Sodexo took over the contract of 700 staff who provide cleaning, catering, portering, linen and grounds maintenance at the hospital, on 1st December 2012.

Within weeks of the contract commencing the Company announced 96 redundancies with only a 30 day consultation which will take place over the Christmas period. The proposed 96 job losses include: Management 10, Supervisors 23, Patient Feeding 8, Retail 3, Grounds and Garden 2 and Housekeeping 50.

The job losses are in addition to plans to introduce detrimental changes to contracts of employment, rotas and working practices. The company know that this will lead to other workers leaving as pay and hours are cut.

Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser said, ‘This is a significant step by Sodexo to reduce the number of redundancies and to engage in positive discussions about a way forward.

GMB remain concerned that any redundancies on the contract will lead to a reduction in the quality of the service provided, which could result in a knock on effect on patient care and infection control.

It is however our members who will decide the way forward and they will indicate their decision through the balloting process which is currently taking place.’

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Contact: Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser on 07552165950, Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042 or Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 618 908 or Lord Bassam on 07876478160 or GMB Press Office or 07974 251823.

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