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£4m Claim For 1,500 Bondcare Workers

Monday, November 4, 2013

GMB Seek £4m Compensation For 1,500 Care Home Workers In 27 Bondcare Homes Arising From The Collapse Of Southern Cross In 2011

When Bondcare and Southern Cross rode rough-shod over worker’s rights GMB started court action and the day of reckoning is now upon Bondcare says GMB.

GMB, the union for care home workers, is seeking £4m compensation is a case begining today (4th November) at the Employment Tribunal in Croydon for 1,500 care home workers transferred from 27 Southern Cross care homes to Bondcare in the autumn of 2011.

The homes covered by the case are based in the North East, North West, West Midlands, East Midlands, Scotland, Leeds  and Hampshire. See notes to editors for list of the 27 care homes covered by the claim.

The hearing of the case over a failure to inform and consult staff being transferred is expected to take 3 weeks. The Employment Tribunal is being asked by GMB to award 13 week’s pay per worker for a breach by the employer of their legal obligations to employees facing transfer.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said "When Southern Cross collapsed and was broken up in 2011, GMB warned companies like Bondcare taking over running the Homes, that GMB would hold them to account and expect them to comply fully with their legal obligations to inform and consult the 1,500 staff who were transferred. This they failed to do.

So when Bondcare and Southern Cross rode rough-shod over those rights GMB took action in the courts and the day of reckoning is now upon Bondcare who are staring down the barrels of a £4m bill for compensation."

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Contact: Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer on 07710 631 351 or GMB Press Office: Steve Pryle on 07921 289880 or Rose Conroy on 07974 251823.

Notes to editors

Care homes covered by the claim at the Employment Tribunal

Allan Court Care Home

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tyne & Wear

Crossgate Care Home

East Ayrshire

Scotland

Debaliol Nursing Home

Newbiggin by the Sea

Northumberland

Donwell House Care Home & Day Centre

Washington

Tyne & Wear

Hamilton House

Portsmouth

Hants

Henwick Grange

St Johns

Worcester

Redworth House Care Home

Shildon

Co. Durham

Acocks Green

Acocks Green

Birmingham

Acre Green

Middleton

Leeds

Eckington Court

North East Derbyshire

North East Derbyshire

The Grange Care Home

Mansfield

Nottinghamshire

Hopton Court Care Centre

Armley

Leeds

Langfield Nursing & Residential Home

Middleton

Manchester

Lansbury Court

Sunderland

Tyne & Wear

Lymewood Court

St Helens

Merseyside

Millfield Care Centre

Chesterfield

Derbyshire

Shevington Court

Prescot

Merseyside

Three Bridges Care Home

Larchford

Warrington

Allington House Care Home

Billingham

Stockton-on-Tees

Birch Tree Manor

Port Sunlight

Wirral

Brancepeth Court

Willington

Co Durham

Portland Day Centre & Sheltered Bungalows

Willington

Co Durham

Lumley Court

Willington

Co. Durham

Richmond Court

Willington

Co Durham

 

 

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