GMB Protest On Tue 9th Feb At Maudsley Hospital As Members At Aramark Seek £10 Per Hour And End To Two Tier Workforce In NHS
A consultative ballot will reach member’s homes next week asking them whether or not they are prepared to strike to win their demands says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff in the health service, is to hold a further protest on Tuesday 9th February outside the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell after 175 GMB members employed by private contractor Aramark at four sites of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) in a pay dispute.
The next stage is a consultative ballot before they are given permission for an official strike ballot in a dispute over pay. These members work as domestics and hostesses. See notes to editors for copy of previous GMB press release dated 21 January 2016.
GMB members working for Aramark at the Maudsley, Lambeth, Bethlem and Ladywell sites are is seeking a living wage of £10 per hour and an end to two tier arrangements on sick pay and shift allowances. Aramark pays many staff on the SLAM contract as little as £7.30 per hour for providing front line services to mental health patients.
There was a protest on 2nd February outside the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham.
The details of the protest are as follows
Outside the Maudsley Hospital,
London SE5 8AZ
Nadine Houghton, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB members in Aramark, as part of the TUC week of action against the Trade Union Bill, are showing why we need trade unions more than ever. They are fighting for a genuine living wage of £10 per hour. This is a simple demand and something that every worker should be entitled to - pay that a worker can live on.
The protest outside the Maudsley Hospital follows an incredibly well attended and lively demonstration last week outside the Bethlem hospital in Beckenham. GMB members are going to keep up the pressure on Aramark until they get what they are entitled to.
A consultative ballot will be reaching their homes next week. They will be asked them whether or not they are prepared to strike to win their demands. GMB members want £10 an hour and that's what they will be fighting for.”
Contact: Nadine Houghton, 07714 239 227 or 0208 303 3407 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369259 or Andy Prendergast 07984 49276 of GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.
Notes to editors
Copy of GMB press release dated 21st January 2016
Dispute Looms At Of South London And Maudsley NHS Trust As Pay Talks With Contactor Aramark For £10 Per Hour Living Wage Stall
Next step is seeking permission for official strike ballot and there will protest demonstrations on 2nd and 9th February says GMB
A dispute looms as pay talks covering 175 GMB members employed as domestics and hostesses by private contractor Aramark at four sites of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) have stalled.
The pay talks which have broken down cover members at the Maudsley, Lambeth, Bethlem and Ladywell sites where GMB is seeking a living wage of £10per hour and an end to two tier arrangements on sick pay and shift allowances.
GMB officers will now seek permission to proceed to an official strike ballot. GMB will also be calling demonstrations outside the sites as part of the campaign for a living wage and an end to the two tier workforce in the NHS.
The details of the protests so far agreed are as follows:
from 2:30 - 3:30pm on the 2nd February,
and from 2 - 3pm on the 9th February.
outside the Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Aramark is an American owned multinational outsourcing provider turning over $13billion. It pays many staff on the SLAM contract as little as £7:30ph for providing front line services to mental health patients.
Nadine Houghton, GMB regional organiser said: "It's unfortunate that we have been forced to ask our members whether or not they are prepared to strike but we have consistently told Aramark that our members provide a front line service in a mental health trust within London and as such they deserve to be paid a genuine living wage of £10ph, full sick pay and proper shift allowances.
Our members are working around many vulnerable individuals, sometimes they are verbally and even physically attacked and yet many of them are unable to take sick leave as they are not paid for this, some of them also receive no extra pay for working weekends and bank holidays. they have rejected the offer that Aramark made to them as it went nowhere near satisfying the members demands.
GMB will continue to press for a living wage to be set at £10 per hour as agreed at GMB Congress. Members make clear in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet."