Unite launches confidential hotline for
Liverpool Hospital workers
UNITE, Britain's biggest Union, has
launched a confidential hotline for workers employed by ISS at the Royal
Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, so workers can highlight
concerns they may have about their employer without fear.
On 20 September 2017, at a meeting of Liverpool City Council, Councillors unanimously
passed a motion requesting the Mayor writes to the chief executive of ISS
Facilities Management calling for the reinstatement of a fair sick pay scheme.
The Mayor and all the individual Councillors will now write to both ISS and the
Trust urging ISS to negotiate with Unite with a view to reinstating the full
sick pay regime, so that ISS staff have access to a scheme which mirrors the
scheme available to NHS workers.
The workforce were stripped of a fair sick pay policy. It has been replaced with
an inferior scheme where employees can only accrue 12 sick days per year. This
compares to the NHS sick pay scheme where workers get up to 6 months on full pay
and a further 6 months on ½pay. It would take around 15 years' service with ISS, without a single day off work sick to accrue 6 months on full pay.
Workers have also raised concerns about alleged bullying, problems with
equipment and standards. A hotline has been launched to help workers raise their
Unite Regional Officer, Keith Hutson said:- "The unanimous support of
Liverpool City Council for the workers' campaign for a fair sick pay scheme is
fantastic news and will give the workforce an added confidence.
The union has now opened up a confidential hotline for workers employed by ISS
at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital Trust following a number of
concerns raised by workers. It is time for ISS to listen to its workforce, treat
them with dignity and reinstate a fair sick pay scheme."