GMB Ballot Members At Sodexo At Brighton & Sussex Hospitals For £7.85 Living Wage As A Step To End Two Tier Workforce At Trust
Sodexo claim that they are not be able to sustain any such rises but have not supported this with any financial evidence regarding this contract says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff in the health service, is holding a consultative ballot for possible strike action for members employed by Sodexo at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust over the company not yet agreeing to pay a living wage of £7.85 as a step towards ending the two tier workforce at the Trust.
These members work as outsourced cleaners, caterers, housekeepers and porters on the NHS contracts at Brighton and Haywards Heath Hospitals.
Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB in negotiations is pressing Sodexo to pay no less than £7.85 per hour and for other improvements and upgrades as a step towards ending the two tier workforce at the hospital.
Sodexo claim that they are not be able to sustain any such rises. However so far they not supported this claim with any financial evidence regarding this contract to support this.
GMB would not support a contention that that decreased profits for Sodexo shareholders is a rationale for not taking this step towards ending the two tier workforce for staff at the Trust. Any such argument will hold little weight in light of the financial detriments and struggles our members have to deal with on a daily basis.
Although talks with Sodexo are ongoing to discuss all offers we are proceeding with this consultative ballot as members are ruling out nothing at this time, even up to and including industrial action in their fight for significant steps to end the two tier workforce.”
Contact: Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552 165950, Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860787973 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042