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GMB Protest 24th May At Avery Care Home

Monday, May 23, 2016
GMB Protest On Tuesday 24th May At Avery Care Home Over A Failure To Backdate Living Wage

The service that carers provide is invaluable to those who need support the most and in return they deserve a proper wage and to be treated fairly by their employer says GMB.

GMB, the union for care workers, will hold a protest for GMB members employed by Avery Healthcare on Tuesday, 24th May in a fight over National Living Wage implementation. (See notes to editors for GMB press releases about Avery Healthcare).

Avery informed workers that, due to their pay roll system, they would not implement the new National Living Wage until 18th April and are refusing to backdate the pay from 1st April when the NLW was implemented.

The protest will be held between 1.45pm and 2.15pm on Tuesday, 24th May 2016 at the address as follows:

Adelaide care home
35 West Street

Nadine Houghton, GMB Regional Officer, said “Pay practices have been a long running problem at Avery Healthcare. By refusing to pay workers the amount that’s required by law, Avery have tried to pull the wool over their employees’ eyes and GMB members will not stand for it.

This protest is an opportunity for GMB members to send a message that they will not stand for this kind of treatment in the workplace.

The service that carers provide is invaluable to those who need support the most. In return, they deserve a proper wage and to be treated fairly by their employer.”


Contact: Justin Bowden 07710 631351 or Nadine Houghton 07714 239 227 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors

1 GMB press release dated Monday, March 21, 2016

GMB Launches First 87 High Court Claims Against Avery Homes (Nelson) Ltd For Equal Pay For Women Members Employed In Care Homes In England

Paying women less than men in comparable roles is discrimination and against the law says GMB.

GMB has instructed Leigh Day to issue legal proceedings at the High Court today, Monday 21 March 2016, to win equal pay for 87 members employed by Avery Homes (Nelson) Ltd in female dominated, predominately caring roles. (See notes to editors for previous press release)

GMB consider that these members are employed to carry out equal work to that carried out by men employed by Avery whose terms and conditions are more favourable than those of these members.

Avery Homes run 45 care homes in Staffordshire (7), Northamptonshire (6), Birmingham (4), Kent (2), Nottingham (2), Surrey (2), West Yorkshire (2), Worcestershire (2) and one care home in each area of Cheshire, Coventry, Derby, Hampshire, Harrow, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Milton Keynes, North Yorkshire, Somerset, Stoke-on-Trent, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Wolverhampton. (See full list and addresses in notes to editors)

Chris Benson, acting for the GMB legal team, said "Female members of GMB working as carers for local authorities have secured equal pay with the support of their union. Many also received back pay as well as better terms and conditions going forward.

Those care staff compared themselves against jobs done by men such as caretakers and other male dominated roles.

Carers working for Avery believe they are also underpaid and with the assistance of GMB have issued claims to ensure they too receive equal pay. The claims, which go back up to 6 years, could see members recover thousands of pounds in back pay they have been denied.

GMB will also be working to negotiate better terms and conditions and hope Avery sit down and negotiate a proper wage for the female carers equal to that received by male caretakers who work in the same care homes.

The carers provide an invaluable service looking after vulnerable individuals who most need our support and assistance. It is only right those carrying out such work are properly rewarded and not underpaid because of their gender."

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer for the care sector, said "Avery Healthcare has 45 care homes and employs over 2,000 women as carers and in other vital frontline roles, yet chooses to pay them less than men it employs in comparable roles. That is discrimination and it is against the law.

Every one of the 2,000 women Avery Healthcare employs may have a claim for hundreds or thousands of pounds of compensation going back up to 6 years. GMB is appealing to all current and former employees of Avery to come forward so we can assess if they may be entitled to compensation."


2 List of Avery Homes March 2016

North East


Highcliffe Care Home

9 Whitchurch Road Witherwack Sunderland SR5 5SX

North West


Acacia Lodge

90a Broadway New Moston M40 3WQ

Clayton Manor

Rood Hill Congleton Cheshire CW12 1YZ

Yorkshire & The Humber


Aire View

29 Broad Lane Kirkstall Leeds LS5 3ED

Amarna House

Rosetta Way York YO26 5RN

Grove Park

100 Grove Lane Headingley Leeds LS6 2BG

East Midlands


Acer Care Home

172 Nottingham Road Nuthall Nottingham NG8 6AX

Alder House

172A Nottingham Road Nuthall Nottingham BG8 6AX

Ashurst Mews (formerly Lucas Court)

Northampton Lane North Moulton Northampton NN3 7RQ

Cliftonville Care Home

Cliftonville Road Northampton NN1 5BE

Derby Heights

Rykneld Road Littleover Derby DE23 4BU

Dukes Court

159 Northampton Road Wellingborough NN8 3PN

Glenmoor House

25 Rockingham Road Corby Northamptonshire

Hinckley House

Tudor Road Hinckley LE10 OEH

Priory Court

Priory Road Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 2EU

Seagrave House

Occupation Road Corby Northamptonshire NN17 1EH

Spencer House

Cliftonville Road Northampton NN1 5BU

West Midlands


Abbey Court

Heath Way Heath Hayes Cannock Staffs WS11 7AD

Acorn Lodge

132 Coventry Rad Nuneaton Warwickshire CV10 7AD

Albion Court

Clinton Street Winson Green Birmingham B18 4BY

Alma Court

Heath Way Heath Hayes Cannock WS11 7AD

Aran Court

Braymoor Road Tile Cross Birmingham B33 OLT

Avalon Court Care Home

1 Glendale Way Tile Hill Coventry CV4 9YQ

Avon Court

23-34 Scholars Lane Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HE

Bowood Mews

Hewell Road Enfield Redditch Worcs. B97 6AT

Bowood Court

Hewell Road Enfield Redditch Worcs. B97 6AT

Clare Court

Clinton Street Winson Green Birmingham B18 4BJ

Crispin Court

385a Stone Road Stafford ST16 1LD

Darwin Court Care Centre

Wissage Road Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6SP

Hanford Court

Bankhouse Road Hanford Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8EN

Horse Fair

Horse Fair Rugeley WS15 2EL


378 Prestwood Road Wolverhampton WV11 1RH

Rowan Court

Silverdale Road Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire

St. Giles

122 Tile Cross Road Tile Cross Birmingham B33 OLT

Hempstalls Hall

Hempstalls lane Newcastle-Under-Lyme ST5 9NR

Merlin Court

The Common marlborough Wilts. SN8 1JR



Acacia Mews

St. Albans Road East Hatfield AL10 OFJ



Birchwood Grange

117 Preston Hill Harrow Middx

South East


Adelaide Care Centre

35 West Street Bexleyheath Kent DA7 4BE

Elvy Court

200 London Road Sittingbourne Kent ME10 1QA

Lavender Lodge

10 Bruntile Close Reading Road Farnborough Hants GU14 6PR

Oban House

42-46 Bramley Hill South Croydon Surrey CR2 6NS


Redhill Road Cobham KT11 1EF

Milton Court

Tunbridge Grove Kents Hill Milton Keynes MK7 6JD

South West


Acer House

141b Milton Road Weston-Super-Mare Somerset BS22 8AA


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