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GMB Calls on Tyne and Wear Fire Service to Investigate Alleged Fire Safety Breach at Sunderland Call Centre

Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Fire doors are there for a reason and leaving them open could potentially have dire consequences in the event of a fire says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers at the Parseq call centre on Doxford Park, Sunderland, is calling on the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to investigate alleged fire safety breaches at the Parseq call centre.

During warmer weather fire doors are allegedly being propped open to allow the free flow of air through the offices.

However, fire doors have an important purpose, to prevent the spread of fire so propping them open is dangerous and illegal.

Chris Preston, GMB Regional Organiser said:

“Photographs provided to GMB by workers inside Parseq appear to show fire doors propped open. [1]

"GMB will be making these photos available to the Tyne and Wear Fire Service.

“Fire doors are there for a reason and leaving them open could potentially have dire consequences in the event of a fire.

"GMB is concerned too that it appears working conditions inside the building were so bad in the first place that jeopardising the health and safety of the workforce was deemed acceptable by Parseq managers - whichever way you cut the mustard, there are some serious issues to be addressed.

“If managers were apparently not aware that fire doors were propped open then it is also a considerable worry that staff at Parseq did not feel confident enough to bring these potentially life threatening fire safety breaches to the attention of management on site, although it seems somewhat unlikely that managers were unaware the doors were open and may well have opened them themselves.

"What GMB does know, is that many of Parseq’s clients would not allow these types of health and safety lapses on their premises.

“As a first step, GMB is calling on the Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service to investigate and establish exactly what has happened and why.”

ENDS

Contact: Chris Preston, GMB regional officer on 07870 176731 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

[1] Photographs available on request

[2] Previous Press Releases

GMB Press release 25 September 2017:

GMB Steps Up Campaign For Better Conditions At Parseq Call Centre.

www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/step-up-parseq-campaign

GMB Press release 3 May 2017:

Conditions at Parseq are so unpleasant union members have to operate in secret like some sort of North East Underground Resistance.

www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/GMB-targets-parseq

[3] List of Parseq clients

Financial Services

Public Sector

Other

Bank of America

Adur & Worthing councils

36 Bedford Row

Bank of Ireland

Barnet Council

2 sisters Food Group

Barclaycard

Brighton & Hove City Council

5 Essex Court

Barclays

Buckinghamshire County Council

Advanced Business Solutions

Clydesdale Bank

Edinburgh City Council

Amnesty International

Collectica Enforcement Services

Kingston upon Thames Council

Apcoa Parking

Coutts

Lambeth Council

Beacon

Deutsche Bank

Lewisham Council

Belron

FirstData

Reading Borough Council

Bottomline Technologies

Hastings Direct

Somerset County Council

BP

HSBC

Southwark Council

Coins

nectar

Tower Hamlets Council

Cool Milk

Sainsbury's

 

CSE Healthcare Systems

Santander

Telecommunications

dma

Sunlife

BT

ExxonMobil

Toyota Financial Services

EE

Furnival Chambers

Worldline e-payment services

Virgin Media

Lowell Group

Worldpay

Vodafone

Matrix Chambers

Yorkshire Bank

 

MetalCashCard

   

Nestle

Utilities

 

nsl services group

British Gas

 

Osborne

Centrica

 

P&G

EDF Energy

 

Philips

   

SAB Miller

   

Society of London Theatre

   

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

   

Suez environment

   

The Caravan Club

   

Vinci Construction

   

Vision Express

   

Which?

   

World Cancer Research Fund

 

 

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