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Royal Parks Possible Dispute

Friday, February 13, 2015

Dispute Looms At Royal Parks As Contractor OCS Seeks To Move From Weekly To Monthly Pay In St James Park Without Consultation

Some members in the other parks not receiving their pay slips on time and there is little faith in the monthly pay system at Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens says GMB.

GMB members employed by OCS in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, The Green Park, Grosvenor Square and Brompton Cemetery in London are seeking an urgent meeting over a move by OCS from weekly to monthly pay in St James Park without any consultation with staff and on a number of other issues.

TUPE legislation covered staff which ensured that terms and conditions are protected when OCS won a new seven year contact last summer covering all landscape maintenance operations. Landscape maintenance services include all horticulture work (excluding tree work); litter picking; refuse collection; road/path sweeping; cleansing; gritting; playground inspection; and grave digging at Brompton Cemetery. Large numbers of these members employed as parks gardeners have been in post for many years, some for more than 40 years.

Gary Carter, GMB Regional Officer, said “Members in the other parks are still not receiving their pay slips on time and there is little faith in the current monthly pay system at Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

I am seeking an urgent meeting with OCS to discuss this matter, along with the pay claim, issues on pensions and the failure to deliver a promised hamper.

OCS wrote to staff in St James Park on 6th Feb 2015 without any meaningful consultation with staff regarding the change from weekly to monthly pay.

The content and wording of the letter implies this change to the payroll process is already a foregone conclusion.

Any major change to terms and conditions has to subject to a collective consultation process. 

However no changes can be made without full meaningful consultation and agreement. It OCS tries to bypass this requirement I will have no hesitation to approach the Regional Committee for permission to ballot members for action.”


Contact: Gary Carter 07738 958140 or 0208 202 8272 or GMB press office 07921 2898880


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