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GMB Seek Talks With Family Mosaic

Monday, March 16, 2015

GMB Call On Family Mosaic To Meet On Proposed Changes To Terms And Conditions Of Staff On New Hastings And Rother Care Contract

Demand for the service has been significantly lower than expected but the way Family Mosaic has been dealing with this situation is appalling says GMB.

GMB is calling on Family Mosaic to meet to discuss proposed changes to terms and conditions of members employed in the East Sussex Care & Re-ablement Service that they have been running with the Community Care Service since 27 October 2014.

Family Mosaic won the contract in March 2014 to provide a Care and Re-ablement service in Hastings and Rother. The aim of the Home Care, Re-ablement and Continuing Healthcare services is to provide support to adults living in the Hastings and Rother area to enable residents to remain as independent as possible in their own homes and live their lives as best as possible.

Family Mosaic recruited a new staff team of 300 operations managers, support staff and administrators who work out of offices in Ocean House, St Leonards.

Family Mosaic was established in 2006 as a merger between Mosaic Homes and Family Housing Association. They provide affordable homes to rent and buy, with around 24,000 homes for rent. They are one of the largest housing providers in London, Essex and the South East. They employ over 2,000 staff. They also provide care and support to over 8,000 people helping them to live independently. They help those with learning disabilities, mental health issues, physical disabilities, the homeless, ex-offenders etc.

Rachel Verdin, GMB Organiser, said “GMB is staggered by the lack of consultation and unwillingness to treat their staff with the respect they deserve as Family Mosaic seek changes to contracts for staff they employed less than 6 months ago

We hear that only a few months on the demand for the service has been significantly lower than expected.  I am appalled at the way Family Mosaic have been dealing with this situation

GMB has members affected by the cuts but Family Mosaic has been unwilling to give further details as to where and why this shortfall has occurred and has not responded when contacted to discuss their proposals.  These include changing existing guaranteed hour contracts to zero hour contracts. 

Family Mosaic has shown no regard for their employees needs as contracts have been changed with little or no notice. There has been no attempt to meet support workers as a group to discuss what is happening. This is leaving GMB members frustrated, angry and struggling to make ends meet.  We understand that business also has a bottom line and cannot operate at a loss but this is not the way to manage change."  

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Contact:  Rachel Verdin 07931 796733 or rachel.verdin@gmb.org.uk or GMB press office 07921 289880

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