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Glasgow MSP weighs in to stop Stobhill home staff industrial action

Scottish MSP Bob Doris has written to Stobhill care home in Glasgow, following changes to employees’ terms of service, and action to derecognise the trade union.

The SNP MSP, whose constituency covers the home (pictured), has asked the home to “urgently reconsider pay and conditions negotiations with employees and their trade union representatives, including the GMB.”

Doris describes it as “wholly wrong” to seek to withdraw GMB Trade Union representation. He said: “It is deeply concerning that such a withdrawal of Union recognition appears to be occurring at the same time as there is a significant threat to the pay and conditions of the workforce.”

The alleged disputes over pay and conditions centre on the home’s attempt to roll back employee entitlements regarding both the threshold as to when overtime is payable, as well as the rate of overtime pay and holiday pay entitlement.

In return, there has been what Doris describes as a “relatively modest offer” regarding an annual pay increase, which is more detrimental than the offer previously rejected by workers.

The former Silverline home at Stobhill is now managed by the Minster Care Group, which is contracted by but not owned by Clyde Care Limited.  

The MSP has also raised concerns over similar actions at other Silverline homes in Glasgow: Baillieston and Cardonald care homes. He says that workers at the homes would be reluctant to take industrial action but  have been left with very limited alternative options.

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