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FOUR SEASONS HEALTHCARE - PAY CLAIM 2021

Date: 13/01/2021
 
 
Thank you to everyone who completed the recent pay consultation survey. The results have been collated and the message from GMB members was loud and clear - that this year you want a significant increase in pay and recognition for your efforts during Covid-19.
 
The majority of respondents to the survey want to see a significant wage increase to recognise the commitment made by the workforce during the COVID Pandemic. Re-spondents overwhelmingly asked for: contractual sick pay; overtime rates of pay; unso-cial hours enhancements; equality of pay; paid breaks and more staff.
 
GMB has now submitted a formal pay claim to Four Seasons Health care on behalf of our members and we await a formal response. A summary of the claim:
  • A substantial % pay rise on all pay points that reflects the skills and re-sponsibilities, hard work, dedication and compensation for staff putting their lives and families at risk. That should be comparable with that of NHS colleagues.
  • The introduction of an occupational sick pay scheme for all staff, irrespec-tive of the cause of ill health absence. Develop a robust policy with the trade unions to support staff attendance at work.
  • The introduction of enhancements for unsociable working hours, particu-larly night shifts and all bank holidays, and a standard enhanced rate for all overtime worked.
  • The reimbursement of the cost of registration fees for care assistants and registered nurses
  • Registered nurses should be paid a minimum of £17/hour. Further, signifi-cantly narrow the pay gap between nursing assistants and registered nurses.
  • Details of a plan to ensure short staffing levels are addressed in the com-ing year. The joint unions stand ready to work with Four Seasons on this.
  • We request that Fours Seasons signs up to the TUC Menopause campaign the page. More information can be found here.
You can request a copy of the detailed pay claim, including data from the recent survey and the economic and financial background information considered to formulate this claim, by contacting your local GMB Representative or by emailing.

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Date: 04/05/2020

FSHC FURLOUGH SCHEME

GMB, UNISON & RCN have had regular meetings with Four Seasons Health Care during the COVID19 Crisis.

Many members who are in the most vulnerable group have been advised to shield for 12 weeks by the Government due to health reasons that put them at higher risk of COVID 19.

The government recently announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, under which HMRC will protect workers’ wages up to 80% of their usual pay, to a cap of £2,500 per month. This leave is called furlough. It was intended to help companies which had to lay off staff due to temporary closure of their business. Initially, most care providers did not qualify for this scheme which meant social care workers were excluded. However, after challenges from the Trade unions, guidance has been changed so that staff who need it can be offered furlough with pay if they are having to shield.

Due to these changes FSHC is now able to access this scheme for their most vulnerable workers. This means that any Colleague who is in receipt of a letter from the NHS advising them to shield, will be eligible to be placed on furlough leave, which FSHC group have agreed to top up to 100% usual pay from 1st May 2020.

The Joint unions welcome the scheme; however, we are disappointed that the FSHC group will not be backdating this payment.

If you believe you are eligible for the scheme, please contact your home manager ASAP.

DOWNLOAD LETTER

 

Date: 18/03/2020

Full details about Coronavirus for GMB members is available on our dedicated webpage and can be accessed below.

 

Click here for the latest guidance 

 

The GMB is in regular communication with Four Seasons Healthcare regarding their Covid-19 planning, including managing staff absences from work. Information and advice is changing daily and we will endeavor to keep you up to date with developments.

Below is a summary of some key areas you may have concerns about.

  • Should you be off work due to self-isolation you will be paid Statutory Sick Pay from Day One of absence.
  • Should you be required to self-isolate, this sickness absence will not count towards formal sickness absence and therefore not result in disciplinary sanctions.
  • Contingency plans are constantly being reviewed and daily updates are being issued to Home Managers who will be able to keep you updated.
  • Non-urgent visits to Care Homes will be restricted and this may include visits from your GMB Trade Union Representatives.

The GMB understands that this is a time where many of our members, who have already been working under immense pressures, will be expected to go over and above, more so than normal. We want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to get you the protection and support that you need.

If you are affected by any of the above and need further guidance and support, please speak with your local GMB representative.

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