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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

GMB Member From Consett Co Durham Wins Employment Tribunal Against 'Accept Care Limited' Which Broke Working Time Regulations And Failed To Give Daily Rest And Rest Breaks

It is important that workers join GMB so that they have access to expert legal advice provided by GMB membership as new Tory laws increased the cost of taking bosses to court for anyone not in a trade union.

GMB, the union for care workers, has won an Employment Tribunal at Newcastle for a care home worker form Consett, Co. Durham. Accept Care Limited was found to be in breach of the Working Time Regulations (WTR) when it failed to provide daily rest and rest breaks for GMB members Mr Alan Hood.

Under the Working Time Regulations, employees are entitled to daily rest of not less than 11 hours in each 24 hour period. Employees are also entitled to a rest break of not less than 20 minutes where they work more than 6 hours.

GMB member Alan Hood, who has worked for the company since 2007, complained that the company were regularly failing to provide him with daily rest and rest breaks.

The Employment Tribunal agreed that the Company had failed to provide the daily rest and rest breaks required by law.

Gail Johnson, GMB Regional Organiser who supported Alan Hood with his claims said, ‘GMB sees this as a victory for all workers in care homes across the country in the fight to improve working conditions.

GMB supports all GMB members who are denied their legal rights. IIt is important that workers join GMB so that they have expert legal experts provided by GMB membership as new Tory laws increased the cost of taking bosses to court for anyone not in a trade union.”

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Contact: Gail Johnson, GMB Organiser on 07870 176 744 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823.

 

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