GMB Horley protest on Friday (18th) on up to £16,000 pay cuts for staff caring for vulnerable adults for Surrey and Sutton Councils.
GMB call on Surrey County Council and Prospect Housing and Support Services to intervene to resolve this dispute as GMB hold a consultative ballot on possible industrial action.
GMB, the union for care staff, is organizing a protest demonstration on Friday 18thJanuary at the office of Prospect Housing and Support Services after more than half of all care staff received notice of dismissal because they would not agree to drastic cuts to their pay and conditions.
On 4th January 2013, the staff received letters from Prospect Housing and Support Services stating that their employment would be terminated unless they accepted massive cuts of up to £16,000 a year to their salaries and further reductions to their terms and conditions. 268 staff are employed by Prospect Housing and Support Services of which more than half are GMB members.
The details of the protest are as follows:
From 8.15am to 9.30am Friday 18th January
outside Prospect Housing and Support Services offices
17 Massetts Road,
Surrey RH6 7DQ.
Prospect Housing and Support Services provide care for clients with adult learning disabilities within East and South Surrey. They have approximately twelve large community residential homes for clients with disabilities and mild mental health issues. Care staff were compulsorily transferred from the NHS to Prospect Housing and Support Services. Prospect Housing and Support Services homes are in Redhill, Banstead, Caterham, Reigate, Horley and Charlwood. They also run Domiciliary Services and Independent Living Schemes. See notes to editors for details of homes.
Sheila Carlson GMB regional officer, said “Last October Surrey County Council, after a public value review, asked Prospect Housing and Support Services to undertake a cut to their budget in exchange for additional referrals. Instead of looking at whether the organisation could be run more efficiently Prospect Housing and Support Services executives are pressing on with these massive cuts in terms and conditions and severe hardship for our members.
Staff members have now been given the choice of accepting up to £16,000 per annum wage cut or face the sack.
Prospect Housing and Support Services are blaming Surrey County Council for a lack of funding. This is denied by the Council. Surrey County Council has offered to meet with GMB and Prospect to find a way forward but CEO Deborah Tosler refused this offer.
Given this, GMB will now begin a consultative ballot for industrial action as this situation cannot be allowed to continue. If such action is to be averted then Surrey County Council and Board Members of Prospect Housing must immediately intervene to resolve this dispute.
GMB are concerned that vulnerable people who have been under the care of well qualified staff all of their lives will now be left without the support from people they regard as their family.
This attack on hardworking care staff has been handled appallingly from beginning to end. Staff have now lost all trust and confidence that Deborah Tosler is a fit person to run this organisation. She should do the decent thing for once and resign”.
Contact For further information contact Sheila Carlson, GMB Organiser, on 07710 591388 or Kevin Brandstatter on 07813 207374 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289 880.
Notes to editors
Prospect Housing and Support Services Care Homes are:
Cedarwood Lodge, Redhill 5 Residents, 9 Staff
Shrewsbury Road, Redhill 14 Residents, 22 staff, + 2 bank
Wolverton Gdns, Horley 5 Residents, 7 staff but should be 10.2 if up to full numbers
Woodview, Caterham 8 residents, 4 staff per shift, should be 16 as full quota but down to 10
London Road, Redhill 5 residents, 7 full time staff + 1 bank
Blanford Road, Reigate 6 residents, 12 staff
The Pines, Redhill
Most service users come via Surrey County Council referrals.
Also head office staff at the Gables incl CEO approx 22
Supported Living is mainly in the Sutton, Epsom areas with staff travelling from place to place in their own cars. Number not clear but most referrals from LB Sutton
Home based care is currently 160 hours per week delivered to 12 service users.