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Serco Threaten Gurkhas Jobs

Thursday, August 1, 2013

GMB Protest At MOD  Whitehall Over Gurkhas’ Job And Pay And Conditions Cuts By Mod Contractor Serco

GMB is shocked that Serco would even consider break the guarantee and put the jobs of these workers under threat.

More than 100 GMB members who are former members of the Gurkha Regiment and now work passing on their soldiering skills to new recruits are being balloted for industrial action over proposed jobs and terms and conditions cut by defence contractor Secro. The result of the ballot will be known on Friday 16th August.  These members work at various Army Camps mainly in the UK, occasionally overseas in Germany, Cyprus and other locations and do not have a fixed workplace location.

Serco is proposing to cut up to 100 jobs from 6th September 2013. This is in breach of a guarantee given to GMB in December 2012 as part of the resolution to a previous dispute. Serco guaranteed that if the employees accepted a variation to their contract of employment to reduce their contractual hours they would retain the new pay rates and hours of work until 31st December 2013.

The GMB members will present a petition to the Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond calling for an end to this casualization of important defence work Wednesday 7th August. The presentation will take place at:

12 NOON ON
WEDNESDAY 7TH AUGUST 2013 AT
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MOD)
MOD MAIN BUILDING
HORSE GUARDS AVENUE
WHITEHALL
LONDON
SW1A 2HB

Since Serco took over the MOD contract in April 2012 since when GMB has represented its members and resolved various employment issues such as proposed job losses, casualization of the work and the introduction of ‘zero hours’ contracts.

Ross Murdoch, GMB Organiser said, “GMB is shocked that Serco would even consider break the guarantee and put the jobs of these workers under threat.

These GMB members are ex-soldiers who have fought for this country and are now passing on their valuable skills, knowledge and expertise to current soldiers prior to their deployment overseas. They have been incredibly patient over the last few months given the immense pressures and uncertainty they are facing over their futures - the workers' trust in their employer has all but been shattered. We therefore feel we have no choice but to fight this.

GMB is available to attend constructive talks in the hope that a solution can be found.”

Ends

Contact: Ross Murdoch, GMB Organiser on 07796 263626 or 01489 578665 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 020 73916755.

Notes to Editors:

Serco made a Stock Exchange announcement on 27th January 2012 that it had signed a contract worth approximately £55m with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deliver the Contemporary Operating Environment Force (COEFOR) training and support.

 

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