GMB Members Employed By Carillion At John Radcliffe Hospital In Oxford Vote For Strike Action Over Imposition Of Changes
Carillion should halt imposition of changes leading to pay cut of up to £56 per week or face official strike ballot says GMB
GMB members employed by Carillion porters at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford voted by 100% in a consultative ballot in favour of taking industrial action in a dispute over changes to working patterns that Carillion are trying to force through which will lead to a serious loss of income for staff. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release announcing the ballot on Monday 17th August.
Carole Vallelly, GMB regional organiser, said "This overwhelming vote for action shows just how strongly our members feel about the changes Carillion are proposing. These workers are some of the lowest paid in the hospital and just cannot afford to lose any of their wages. They do an absolutely vital job within the NHS and should be treated with the respect they deserve.
Carillion’s proposals cut their wages by up to £56 per week as well as and their way of working. Changes should not be forced through without their consent.
GMB are calling on Carillion to halt the implementation of these proposals until agreement has been reached with our members over these changes.
Unless the company does this I will seek permission from the Regional Committee to move forwards to the formal official ballot process for strike action."
Contact Carole Vallelly on 07912 181476 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369259 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880/ 07974 251 823
Notes to editors
Copy of GMB press release dated Monday 17th August 2015
GMB BALLOT ON STRIKE FOR CARILLION STAFF AT JOHN RADCLIFFE HOSPITAL IN OXFORD OVER IMPOSITION OF CHANGES LEADING TO LOSS OF INCOME
Carillion are trying to force through new work patterns that will mean members losing up to £56 a week each from their wages which they cannot afford says GMB
GMB, the union representing staff employed by Carillion at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, will hold a consultative industrial action ballot on Wednesday 19th August for the porters who work for Carillion at the Hospital. The dispute is over changes to working patterns that Carillion are trying to force through which will lead to a serious loss of income for staff.
Carole Vallelly, GMB Regional Organiser, said “GMB members are horrified that Carillion are trying to force through these new work patterns that will mean our members losing up to £56 a week each from their wages.
These workers are amongst the lowest paid in the hospital and cannot afford to lose this money. They have told us it will mean they just will not be able to pay their bills each month, and this will cause real financial hardship.
GMB has written to Carillion to ask them to speak to us in order to resolve these issues with no response to date.
Carillion is a company well known for its blacklisting activities of construction workers. Senior Carillion managers are amongst the 26 key named individuals who last month the High Court ordered to supply detailed statements explaining their involvement with blacklisting.
GMB has long experience at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon of Carillion’s unsuitability to be a provider within the NHS.”