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GMB Royal College Demo

Monday, December 16, 2013

GMB Demo At Royal College (RCOG) On Tuesday 17th December Over Cuts In Terms And Conditions And A Refusal To Negotiate With GMB

As a result of re-evaluation of jobs some of RCOG’s highly skilled researchers face an average £7,000 cut in pay while one workers faces loss of £21,000 per year says GMB.

GMB is holding a demonstration on 17th December outside the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to protest against the imposition of changes to terms and conditions of employment from 1st December 2013 and the refusal of management to negotiate with GMB on behalf of members.

The details of the protest demonstration are as follows:

8 TO 10 A.M. ON







RCOG employs about 90 staff. GMB members work as librarians, cleaners, researchers and a broad spectrum of support jobs including administration. See notes to editors for information on RCOG.

GMB will now begin a legal challenge to these changes to terms and conditions for members. This will cover the lack of consultation in respect of the new appraisal system, an appeals procedure and pay protection, the ineffective job evaluation exercise resulting in a huge detriment to members and the denying of the right to trade union representation.

GMB has been recognised as the union for staff since October 2012 in a voluntary agreement between GMB and RCOG. However since 9th December RCOG has refused to bargain with GMB. 

Anna Meyer, GMB Regional Organiser, said “consultations about a new pay and grading system and harmonisation of terms and conditions started in June 2013 to bring together employees under one contract.

However RCOG stopped negotiating with GMB half way through the process. GMB requests for talks and further involvement to ensure a fair, transparent procedure were rejected.

A new pay and grading system was unilaterally imposed without agreement on 1st December.

As a result some of RCOG’s highly skilled researchers face an average £7,000 cut in pay while one member of staff faces a loss of £21,000 per year.

RCOG clearly do not respect the rights of their employees to have a trade union negotiate for them and instead have chosen to change contractual rights without consultation.

RCOG chose to misunderstand that it is the role of GMB to stand up for its members and chose instead to refuse to talk to the union. They adopted the line of shooting the messenger rather than deal with the underlying problems the union brought to their attention.

So as a direct consequence of GMB’s almost continuous challenge to RCOG senior managers, about the inadequacy of employee relations, the job evaluation exercise and changes to employee terms and condition, these managers have now compounded their incompetence by refusing to negotiate with the union.

GMB will now start a legal challenge and will do our business with RCOG in public.”

Contact: Anna Meyer, GMB Organiser on 07974 251808 of GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

Notes to Editors: - The RCOG encourages the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. They do this through postgraduate medical education and training development, and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision. The RCOG Global Health Unit works with other international organisations to help lower maternal morbidity and mortality in under-resourced countries.


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