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Jobs Under Threat For GMB Scotland Members At Cordia

Friday, October 28, 2016

Jobs Under Threat For GMB Scotland Members At Cordia

We are disappointed to see Cordia pushing through with janitorial reforms without proper consultation with trade unions says GMB

GMB has commented on the news that jobs are to be put at risk for janitors employed by Cordia at schools in Glasgow. Cordia plans to implement a new pilot scheme that will have a reduced workforce of school janitors travel between six sites in Glasgow Southside effectively reducing six posts to four.

The introduction of Corida’s pilot scheme is due to start on November 14th and follows plans to make £133m in cuts across the company. The scheme will last for three months and janitors at the sites must volunteer or else be redeployed elsewhere.

Cordia has so far conducted minimal consultation with trade unions and GMB still has questions surrounding the new scheme including the practicality of janitors travelling between the sites.

Rhea Wolfson, GMB Branch Secretary, said:

“We are disappointed to see Cordia pushing through with janitorial reforms without proper consultation with trade unions.

“We are left with many unanswered questions about the nature of this upcoming pilot including over the most basic of practicalities. Furthermore, Cordia has been unwilling to confirm what numbers of jobs will be lost if the cluster scheme is rolled out across Glasgow. Judging from the proposed pilot scheme, Cordia could be set to lose 30-40% of janitors, not only leaving out members without positions but leaving schools shortchanged and understaffed.

“We have formally requested that Cordia halt this pilot scheme until proper consultation can take place both between Cordia and the trade unions and the trade unions and our members.

“Glasgow school children deserve clean and safe schools with a dedicated janitor and our members deserve to have a say in any changes to their terms and conditions.”

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Contact: Rhea Wolfson on 07850 575023 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, 07976 447 077

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