Care home workers hold demonstration outside Rushall Care Home

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB, Union busting

GMB Rushall Care HomeGMB members are today holding a protest outside Rushall Care Home in Walsall after its new owners refused to recognise the union.

Navigation Care has said it is end private consultations and negotiation with GMB on behalf of staff who belong to the union.

GMB organiser Ester Compton 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. ”

* The protest takes place between 1.30 and 3.30pm outside Rushall Care Home, 204 Lichfield Road, Walsall WS4 1SA

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