GMB members protest outside Carillion offices in London over bullying


GMB members lobby Carillion in London. Photograph by Guy Smallman


A coachload of GMB members from Wiltshire today took their anti-bullying campaign to the London offices of Carillion.

More than 100 domestic workers have made allegations of bullying and harassment by the company – allegations they say Carillion are not taking seriously.

GMB regional organiser Carole Vallelly told UnionNews today’s demonstration in Euston showed just how little respect the company had for its workers.

She said: “They refused to talk to us. We caused a lot of noise – and embarrassment – outside their offices, but they refused to talk to us. We refused to leave until someone spoke to us so, eventually, they sent some young woman down with a phone, but the person on the other end didn’t have anything to say, couldn’t give us a response.”

GMB claims there is a culture of bullying at the hospital by Carillion management, a problem that will not be solved by the weekend resignation of the worst offender.

Carole Vallelly said: “While the departure of the manager is a step in the right direction, we feel they are not taking our complaints seriously. The way they treated us today in London, refusing to speak with us, simply added to that impression.

“I’ve got the impression they’re in denial. They’re sticking their head in the sand and hoping we’ll go away. We won’t. And the less respect they show us, the more determined our members are – they’re all in good spirits, feel empowered by taking this action, and they’re absolutely determined to see this through.”

GMB members at the hospital will be on strike on Thursday, and the union has today named three further strike dates for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

* Click here for a UnionNews feature on the campaign and interviews with some of the Goans

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