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GMB Scotland Calls On Caledonian University For Job Fears Response

Friday, October 14, 2016

GMB Scotland Calls On Caledonian University To Respond To Relocation Fears After Employer Loses Catering Contract

There’s only so long that our members can put up with not knowing if they’ll be in the same job come Christmas says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union for workers in the catering industry, has asked Caledonian university and Cordia to respond to workers fears that they will be transferred to a different site following the transfer of a contract to deliver catering services at the University.

Over 60 staff employed by catering service provider Cordia fear for their jobs after the company’s contract at the university was terminated.

GMB has reached out to the university to clarify whether staff would stay at the university and employed by the new company or face redeployment to another Cordia site but has had no response. Current employer Cordia has said that they have not yet been told whether staff will be transferred and that they will not be meeting with trade unions until Tuesday 25 October.

Louise Gilmour, GMB Scotland organiser, said:

“Cordia lost the contract with 80 days’ notice and now members are in limbo as to whether they are getting TUPE transferred or going on Cordia's displaced list.

Workers are upset and scared, and with no word from either the university or the employer they are beginning to fear the worst. Calls to the university – including to Chief Financial officer Gerry Milne – have not been returned while Cordia claims to have been kept in the dark.

GMB Scotland is calling for Caledonian University and Cordia to come clean and let these workers know where they stand. There’s only so long that our members can put up with not knowing if they’ll be in the same job come Christmas.”

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Contact: Louise Gilmour on 07921 289739 or Rhea Wolfson on 07850 575023 or GMB press office at press.office@gmb.org.uk or on 07958 156846

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