Care staff in strike vote
CARERS who work for St Monica’s Trust have indicated they’ll vote for strike action over new contracts and conditions. A formal vote began last month and was expected to last three weeks.
The dispute affects John Wills House and Garden House in Westbury on Trym and two other homes outside Bristol.
Union representatives from Unison say the Trust’s proposals would leave staff up to £300 worse off as hourly rates for working evenings and weekends would be severely cut. Sick pay would also be reduced.
Staff have been told that if they do not accept the new conditions they would be dismissed and offered new inferior contracts This has led to a union claim that they would be “fired and re-hired”.
Unison says proposed changes to shift times will also be devastating to some staff with caring responsibilities.
A spokesman for the St Monica Trust said that description of the planned contract changes was something they did not agree with.
“The threat of “fire and rehire”, is not a term that we would recognise as being a part of the wider consultation process, which the St Monica Trust is legally bound to follow,” said David Williams, the chief executive of the St Monica Trust.
“The proposals that are currently under consideration aim to deliver consistency in the ways of working across all of the Trust’s care homes, improve recruitment and attract new workers into the social care sector. This will also help fulfil our ongoing commitment for the St Monica Trust to be a real living wage employer, while offering a package of enhancements that exceed the industry standards for the health and social care sector.”