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GMB Slams AQS Homecare

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
GMB Slams AQS Homecare For Leaving GMB Members Unemployed

The reality of the situation now is that these care workers are sat at home without jobs or earnings says GMB.

GMB, the union for care workers, slammed private care provider AQS Homecare today (12th April, 2015) for failing to reach an agreement with Poole Borough Council leaving GMB members unemployed.

The staff had previously been employed by Poole Borough Council (PBC) delivering Domiciliary Care. In 2012 the Council outsourced the contract to AQS, part of the Morepower Ltd group.

Ross Murdoch GMB Regional Organiser said "It appears there has been a failure to reach agreement in terms of commercial negotiations between AQS and Poole Borough Council before a deadline of 31 March 2016. The fallout from this is that AQS has walked away from its contract, claiming that employees now transfer back to the council, whilst PBC claim they remain in the employment of AQS.

The reality of the situation now is that these care workers are sat at home without jobs or earnings and the clients have been assigned different care workers engaged on an emergency basis by Poole Council.

This has left both the employees and the service users in an intolerably stressful position without the trust and rapport that’s been built up over time. We have also heard reports that, since emergency care was put in place, clients have been given a two hour window in which care will be provided instead of a specific time leaving customers unable to plan their days.

GMB has now put the matter in the hands of their lawyers to pursue legal claims in support of their members."

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Contact: Ross Murdoch 07796 263626 or GMB press office on 07739 182 691 or 07970 863 411

Notes to editors

Directors: Gaynor Price; Peter Price

Offices:

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