GMB wins pay rise for members at one council … now moves campaign to the next

Bedford Borough CouncilStaff working at six former BUPA care homes run by Bedford Borough Council are to be paid the Living Wage after a campaign by the GMB.

The union also hopes to reach the same deal in seven homes now run by Central Bedfordshire Council.

GMB branch secretary Martin Foster said: “GMB is proud that it has been able to work with Bedford Borough Council to raise the pay of GMB members working in the borough’s former BUPA care which also took over seven of the former BUPA care homes. GMB will be talking to Bedford Borough Council about backdating the deal.

“GMB also hopes to achieve the same deal in seven former BUPA care homes now run by Central Bedfordshire Council as the council does not currently pay a living wage. In some cases these care homes are a mere stone’s throw from each other but come under different councils and so the pay and employment conditions the care staff receive are different.

“GMB hopes very much that Central Bedfordshire council will join the ever growing number of councils that recognise the value of their staff and demonstrate that by paying a living wage too.

“GMB has been informed that Central Bedfordshire Council will shortly release the results of its pay review for former BUPA care staff and hopes it will reflect the actions of Bedford Borough Council.”

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “The council is now writing to all former BUPA employees to invite them to accept Bedford Borough Council terms and conditions, including payment of the living wage supplement, effective from 1 February 2015. Due to the nature of the TUPE regulations, we are unable to backdate the transfer onto our terms and conditions.”

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