GMB union to meet with Surrey care provider to discuss job losses

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There will be a meeting next week between GMB and Prospect Housing and Support Service on consultations for redundancy due to financial problems at the organisation.

The union says that in 2013, Prospect harmonised the terms and conditions of staff saying the resultant savings had been required by Surrey County Council with some employees losing up to £16,000 per year. GMB took claims to an Employment Tribunal. Earlier this month the Tribunal ruled that an employer is not entitled to harmonise terms and conditions simply to remain competitive or tackle funding reductions and reversed the cuts.

Prospect Housing and Support Services provides care and support services to vulnerable adults with learning disabilities within East and South Surrey. The company operates 12 community residential homes for clients with disabilities and mild mental health issues. Care staff had been compulsorily transferred from the NHS to Prospect Housing and Support Services.

GMB organiser Sheila Carlson said that Prospect chief executive Deborah Tosler had written to the union saying: ”The reality is that we don’t have enough income coming in to meet our expected outgoings. We are going to have to look at all options to increase our income and to find further efficiencies in how we deliver our services. As a start we have taken the decision to make six posts at the central office redundant, as well as not to recruit to two vacant posts. The consultations with these staff start on Monday 27th October 2014.”

Ms Carlson said salaries had been cut by far more than had been necessary.

“Throughout this whole long process I advised Deborah Tosler that her calculations were incorrect and that she was acting against TUPE regulations and unfairly targeting recently transferred NHS staff,” said Ms Carlson.

“My advice was totally upheld by the recent Employment Tribunal ruling. Now Deborah Tosler is again targeting staff by putting six members of staff at risk of redundancy. This is a vindictive act making her employees pay for her own abysmal mistakes. GMB will be robustly fighting these redundancies on behalf of members.”

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