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Further protest at Rushall Care Home

Thursday, October 15, 2015



While Navigation Care refuses to talk to union in private we will do all our business with them in public in future says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the care sector, will hold a third protest demonstration outside Rushall Care Home in Walsall on Friday 16th October over proposals by new owners to deny workers in the care home the right at work they currently enjoy. Protests were held on Thursday 24th and Tuesday 29th September.

Navigation Care, the new owners of Rushall Care Home, announced that it is to end private consultations and negotiation with GMB on behalf of staff in the care home who belong to the union.

At the protest on 24th September Navigation Care was presented with an ASBO in protest at their withdrawal of the rights of their staff to be represented by GMB.

The details of the protest are as follows:

1.30pm to 3.30 pm on 16th October
Outside Rushall Care Home,
204 Lichfield Road

There will be members of the union with flags and banners who will be available to press for interview.

Ester Compton, GMB Organiser, said: "Navigation Care is not listening. If the company thinks that not talking to GMB means we are not going to defend our member’s rights and just go away, then they better think again. If Rushall doesn’t want to do business with GMB in private then we will have to do it in public.

GMB has always prided itself as working with care providers to help deliver the best quality of care. This includes making sure the staff are being taken care of so that they, in turn, can take care of the residents safely without incident.

We believe that it is important that we get proper funding into the sector to ensure that staff are trained and supported in a meaningful and safe way.

Rushall Care home was previously owned by Four Seasons and GMB had a good working relationship the company. This helped to deliver better conditions for care workers and better support for residents. However, Navigation Care has taken over the home and is trying to throw all that good work away. "
Contact: Ester Compton, GMB Organiser on 01827 66001 or Samantha Jones, Media/Researcher on 0121 550 4888 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.

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