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GMB Scotland rallies behind Cordia workers

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
GMB Scotland Rallies Behind Cordia Workers To Demand Equal Pay And Conditions On National Women’s Day

Stop cuts that mean members are unable to provide the quality of care they would like and that our schools and care homes deserve says GMB

GMB Scotland, the union for care workers, has written to the head of Glasgow City Council on National Women’s day to highlight discrepancies in pay and terms and conditions between staff employed directly by the council and those employed by arm’s length organisation Cordia. See notes to editors for a copy of the letter

Cordia employees do not currently receive the same overtime payments as their counterparts under direct employment from Glasgow City Council. They also do not receive the same guarantee that their wages will rise to stay in line with the living wage.

On Thursday March 10th GMB Scotland will stand alongside Cordia and Glasgow City Council workers outside the City Chambers at midday as the Glasgow City Council Budget is being debated.

Rhea Wolfson, GMB branch secretary, said “Cordia workplaces are chronically understaffed due to cuts that leave workers overstretched and in what they describe as ‘an entirely unsustainable position’. Care home workers are facing increasingly pressured days with appointments so short that they are unable to deliver the standard of care that they would like and that is expected by clients.

Despite this understaffing, many members whose workplaces, such as care homes, have faced closure are forced to move workplaces from week to week with no certainty of where they may be placed. Workers are overstretched and overworked. GMB Scotland supports Cordia employees in their call for fairer working conditions in facility management and home care.

This International Women’s Day, we are asking that Glasgow City Council stop allowing their own arm’s length organisations to treat female workers with disregard. Stop the cuts that mean their jobs are becoming almost impossible and mean that they are unable to provide the quality of care that they would like to and that our schools and care homes deserve. ”

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Contact: Rhea Wolfson on 07850 575023 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to Editors

Letter to Glasgow City Council from GMB Scotland

Councillor McAveety,

This International Women’s Day we are writing to you on behalf of the thousands of members we represent in the majority female workforce in Cordia, to highlight their pay and conditions discrepancies.

Cordia workers who work across our schools, homes and museums in roles in catering, cleaning and home care are suffering unfair terms and uncertain pay. These women make sure that our schools are clean and our school children and fed. They keep our museums open and they provide essential care to our elderly relatives.

But despite providing the most essential, Cordia employees are being shortchanged.

Unlike directly employed Council workers, Cordia employees have no official guarantee that their wage will go up to keep step with the Living Wage. This could see some of our lowest paid workers losing hundreds of pounds.

Furthermore, we are calling for an end in pay discrepancy for non-standard working time and overtime payments between Cordia and Glasgow City Council workers. Currently, Cordia home care workers work a large amount of overtime but are not rewarded with the same overtime payments as counterparts working for Glasgow City Council.

Cordia workplaces are understaffed and many staff are subject to moving workplaces week to week with no certainty of where they may be placed, causing disruption in their personal lives. Workers are overstretched and overworked. GMB Scotland supports Cordia employees in their call for fairer working conditions in facility management and home care.

This International Women’s Day, we are asking that Glasgow City Council stop allowing their own arm’s length organisations to treat female workers with disregard. Stop the cuts that mean their jobs are becoming almost impossible and mean that they are unable to provide the quality of care that they would like to and that our schools and care homes deserve.

Yours sincerely

Rhea Wolfson and Liz Jack

GMB Branch Secretaries, Cordia Facilities Management and Home Care

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