It is a bit rich for Nationwide to deny that it has asked for the hours to be cut, when the document detailing with reduced hours has Nationwide’s own logo on it says GMB.
GMB, the union for cleaning staff, is accusing Nationwide of deliberately issuing a misleading statement denying the changes. The union released documents today (Monday 18th April 2016) that prove that cleaners working at Nationwide’s head office in Swindon are having their hours reduced with most staff ending up around £40 per week worse off. (See additional resourcesfor Carillion documents provided by GMB).
The cleaners are employed by contractor, Carillion PLC, who provides facilities management services to Nationwide. Last week the cleaners were given letters from Carillion advising that new shift rotas were to be introduced. GMB organized a mass meeting and the cleaners unanimously rejected the changes to their contracts. (See notes to editors for GMB press releases about Nationwide staff).
The letters from Carillion state that the changes are at the request of Nationwide Building Society. One of the letters, dated 11th April 2016, says:
“Why are we doing this? … This is what NBS [Nationwide Building Society] want, therefore we are adapting to our customers changing requirement”
The document outlining the revised shift rota shows the logos of Carillion PLC Nationwide Building Society.
The changes are being introduced as Nationwide Building Society shifts staff employed by contractors onto the Living Wage of £8.25 per hour. The Living Wage is a rate of pay calculated by the Living Wage Foundation and is a voluntary commitment from employers, separate to the government’s recently introduced National Living Wage.
Nationwide has also moved many staff to twilight shifts requiring staff to work between 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm every week day with some staff working an additional day shift at the weekend.
Carole Vallelly, GMB Regional Organiser, said “I am particularly shocked that Nationwide is not only cutting cleaners hours, but also has the cheek to issue a statement denying that it is happening. We weren’t born yesterday. Our members are being called into one to one meetings with Carillion and are being required to sign new contracts that will shift them to fewer and more anti-social hours. But when we truthfully publicized what is going on, Nationwide issued a statement misleadingly saying that ‘The GMB’s accusation is disappointing, surprising and, quite frankly, wrong. We have not asked our partners Carillion to reduce the hours of its employees.’
I have proof, in letter from Carillion, that our members are being told that their hours are being cut because this is what Nationwide wants. It is a bit rich for Nationwide to deny that it has asked for the hours to be cut, when the document detailing the new shifts with reduced hours even has Nationwide’s own logo on it.
The cleaners were handed letters on 11th April, notifying them of consultation meetings first thing in the morning on the 12th April. This gave them no time to consult their trade union for advice, and we regard this as a deliberate attempt to bounce the staff, rather than engage in meaningful and substantive consultation.”
Contact: Carole Vallelly on 07912 181476 or GMB press office on 07739 182691 or 07970 863411
Notes to editors
1 GMB press release dated Thursday, April 14, 2016
GMB Cleaners Unanimously Reject £40 A Week Pay Cut At Nationwide
Nationwide want to paint themselves as a 'good' employer, while not caring in the slightest about the serious impact on their lowest paid workers says GMB.
GMB members working as cleaners at Nationwide’s head office, have voted unanimously to reject reductions to their hours that would see them £40 a week worse off. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about Nationwide).
A company-wide policy to adhere to wages set out by the Living Wage Foundation has resulted in GMB members, employed as cleaners by Carillion at Nationwide’s head office in Swindon, having their hours cut. Nationwide signed up to the Living Wage campaign in April 2014.
Carole Vallelly, GMB Regional Organiser, said “Nationwide hypocrites pride themselves on being a living wage employer, and are principal partners of the living wage foundation, but have only now introduced the living wage for their cleaners, the people who need it most.
Astoundingly, Nationwide has decided to cut the cleaners’ hours to finance paying their workers a higher hourly wage, leaving most people £40 a week worse off.
This move by Nationwide is a cynical attempt to paint themselves as a good employer, while not caring in the slightest about the serious impact on their lowest paid workers, who will struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table. At the same time, they are changing shift rotas, and asking people to work unsociable hours for less money.'
It is particularly galling that Nationwide’s head of citizenship, Stephen Uden, sits on the board of the living wage foundation and in April 2014 was quoted as saying "In lots of companies there are those almost invisible staff who serve you a coffee in the morning or the cleaner I see when I get into the office at 7am. And it is those people that work for the Nationwide that we feel should be appropriately rewarded whether they are directly working for us or not." Does Stephen Uden feel that a £40 per week pay cut is an appropriate reward for these 'invisible staff’?
GMB have called for immediate talks with Nationwide and Carillion.”
2 GMB press release dated Monday, August 3, 2015
GMB To Hold Protest Over Nationwide’s Failure To Pay Living Wage To Contract Staff Who Clean And Keep Their Premises Secure
Whilst trumpeting itself as a great employer and being Principle Partners of the Living Wage campaign the very "invisible” security and cleaning staff are still not paid a Living Wage.
GMB, the union for contract workers, is calling on Nationwide to enable private contractor Carillon to pay the Living Wage to staff working on Nationwide sites as security and cleaning staff. GMB members will hold a protest on Friday 7th August.
The GMB protest will take place from:
FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST
NATIONWIDE 48 REGENT ST
SWINDON SN1 1UH
Staff employed by Carillion under contract to Nationwide, and who work as security and cleaning staff on Nationwide premises, have been refused the Living Wage by Carillon. Carillion blame Nationwide saying it can’t pay living wage as Nationwide hasn't paid the necessary uplift to do it.
Nationwide is a principle partner of the Living Wage foundation, and has said it wants to help spur other companies across the UK to join, but despite this their cleaners and security staff are not paid the living wage, in most cases, being paid very little more than current National Minimum Wage of £6.50 an hour for adults over 21 years old.
In April 2014 Nationwide's Head of Citizenship, Stephen Uden, said "In lots of companies there are those almost invisible staff who serve you a coffee in the morning or the cleaner I see when I get into the office at 7am. And it is those people that work for the Nationwide that we feel should be appropriately rewarded whether they are directly working for us or not."
GMB's Regional Organiser Carole Vallelly said "The hypocrisy of Nationwide is breath-taking.
Whilst trumpeting itself as a great employer and being Principle Partners of the Living Wage campaign GMB discovers that the very "invisible” security and cleaning staff Stephen Uden referred to, are still not paid a Living Wage.
The cleaners and security staff at Nationwide offices up and down the country are employed by Nationwide contractors, Carillion, and certainly seem to be ‘invisible’ to Nationwide when it comes to the Living Wage.
This is disgraceful, and GMB is calling for Nationwide to not only immediately practise what they preach and pay the Living Wage but to backdate the pay increase to April 2014 when Nationwide gained such great publicity for their support of this very campaign."
Proposed new rota and letter to each member of staff, detailing reasons for changes