Date: 10 June 2006
500+ staff in Glasgow Royal return to NHS
UNISON, the main healthcare union today welcomed the decision
of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to bring its facilities management
contract in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary back in-house when the current
contract with Sodexho runs out in December this year. The union
said that this meant that virtually all NHS services in Glasgow
would be provided in-house with the exception of some PFI facilities.
Michael MacNeil (UNISON Regional Organiser) said; "We are very
pleased at the sensible decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
to move to a more flexible and fairer way to provide catering services.
Welcoming back staff into the NHS team will mean both better service
delivery for the patients and better conditions for these members
of the NHS team. We've been campaigning for years to end the two-tier
workforce and get private companies in the NHS to implement NHS
pay and conditions. This contract was the subject of a bitter dispute
over low pay three years ago. This announcement is good news for
all involved in the NHS."
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Facilities Director, Mr Alex MacIntyre
said: "We have completed a review of the support services contract
at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and decided to return the Facilities
Management services back into an in-house service on the completion
of the current services contract with Sodexho in December 2006.
"The facilities management team at the hospital will be working
closely with the company and staff side representatives to ensure
that there is a seamless transition of services."
Iain Anderson, Managing Director of Sodexho Healthcare, said "Sodexho
is very proud of its relationship with Glasgow Royal Infirmary and
the Health Board over the past 17 years. The senior management team
both on site and centrally will be working hard with the Health
Board and Unison to ensure a very smooth transition period and remain
committed to our focus on patient care and the staff involved in
the delivery of this."
The contract at Glasgow Royal Infirmary provides the following
services; Catering, Portering, Domestic (Cleaners etc), and Security.
It is worth around £10m per year and employs over 500 people. UNISON
had made it clear that the new 'Agenda for Change' conditions that
apply to NHS staff should apply to contractors staff too. Now the
staff transferring in-house will move directly onto full NHS pay
and conditions from December 2006.
This will mean: more holidays, better pay, access to the NHS pension
scheme, and access to family friendly policies. The new single NHS
employer across Glasgow and Clyde wants to review pan-Glasgow support
services. Of particular importance is the Catering Review. UNISON
argues that it would be easier to plan services across Glasgow (Catering,
dealing with Hospital Acquired Infections etc) if all staff providing
these vital services were with the same employer.
For Further Information Please Contact: Michael MacNeil
(Regional Organiser - UNISON) - 07904 342 349 (m) Lorraine Dick
(Senior Press Officer NHS Gtr Glasgow and Clyde - 0141 201 4429
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer- UNISON) 0771 558 3729(m)