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South Wales College Cuts Hours

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

South Wales College Cuts GMB Members’ Hours After Introduction Of National Living Wage

Our members, who have worked loyally for the college in excess of 18-25 years, are disgusted and upset at the shameful way they are being treated says GMB.

Coleg Gwent, a further education college in South Wales, will reduce the number of days its Usk campus is cleaned following the introduction of the National Living Wage, resulting in cuts to GMB members’ hours.

For a two week period starting on 25th July and a further three days in December, the campus in Monmouthshire will remain open but will not be cleaned. GMB members, working as cleaners for contractor Bespoke Cleaning, will not be paid or be entitled to sick pay during these days and will have their annual leave entitlement reduced.

GMB has contacted Coleg Gwent and has been told that the cuts are directly linked to the introduction of the National Living Wage.  GMB members have been told that they will be dismissed and re-engaged unless they agree to the changes.

The Usk campus was forced to close on multiple occasions due to outbreaks of norovirus and cryptosporidium. The college is also considering fitting locks on toilet blocks on the campus in order to reduce the number of available facilities on these days.

Rowena Hayward, GMB Wales membership development officer, said “GMB members, who have worked loyally for the college in excess of 18-25 years, are disgusted and upset at the shameful way they are being treated.

The purpose of introducing the National Living Wage was directly to address the issue of low paid workers.  Well not if you work in higher education for a contractor like Bespoke or a client like Coleg Gwent.”

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Contact: Rowena Hayward on 07918 767534 or GMB press office on 07739 182691 or 07970 863411 

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