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Sodexo Fife Strike March 25th

Friday, March 22, 2013

Second day of GMB strike action at Fife Scottish Police college on Monday 25th March for living wage of £7.20 per hour.

It is unfair and not acceptable that Sodexo UK chief executive is paid more than fifty times the salary of a full-time catering worker on this Sodexo contract in Fife says GMB.

GMB members employed by Sodexo, as catering staff at the Tulliallan Scottish Police College in Fife, will take a second day of strike action on Monday March 25th as part of their campaign for a living wage and fair pay.

The majority of the staff earns just £6.37 an hour. GMB consider they should be paid the Scottish living wage of £7.20 an hour.

These workers voted unanimously for strike action in an official ballot held by the union. They have imposed a ban on overtime since 6th February. The first day of strike action took place on March 18th.

A GMB analysis of the Sodexo annual accounts show that the chief executive of Sodexo in the UK is paid more than fifty times the salary of a full-time worker on the Sodexo contract at the Scottish Police College in Fife.

In notes to Sodexo UK’s latest annual report it is disclosed that the highest paid director receives yearly “emoluments” that is gross salary and benefits in kind, of £565,000. In addition they also received an annual employer’s pension contribution of £96,000.

Sodexo UK report also reveals that despite a 2.1% drop in sales the French owned firm’s operating profits rose last year by 61.9% to £43.1 million in the UK alone.

Richard Leonard, GMB organiser, said “The chief executive of Sodexo in the UK is paid more than fifty times the salary of a full-time worker on the Sodexo contract at the Scottish Police College in Fife.

These figures are quite shocking by any standards. They reveal a business model which is morally out of joint, where the distribution of money and power is plainly wrong. No-one is worth more than fifty times another worker in any organisation.

The Chief Executive of Sodexo UK gets paid more in a single week than these workers earn in a whole year. With a profit turnaround like this it is reasonable to look for a share of this wealth to be reinvested in the people who actually create it.

We know that the Scottish Police Services contract at Tulliallan is making a profit. And we know over the past two years since Sodexo took the contract over that the surpluses generated at the College have been used to refurbish the dining hall and buy new furniture. All we ask is that this year those profits are invested in the staff to address chronic low pay.

GMB as a union understands that in today’s climate of austerity there is pressure for low pay awards, but it is about priorities. The Scottish Government, Scottish Local Government and the NHS in Scotland still manage to pay a living wage even in these tough times so why can’t the Scottish Police College?

These low paid predominantly women workers are right not to be indifferent to this inequality and moral injustice. They know that equality and justice won’t be given they will have to be fought for. That’s why reluctantly they are taking a second day of strike action on Monday 25th March.

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Contact: Richard Leonard on 07703 465447 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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