Leeds City Council Housing Maintenance Staff With 1256 Years Service Face 21 Job Cuts By Christmas

15 Nov 2011

LEEDS CITY COUNCIL HOUSING MAINTENANCE STAFF WITH 1,256 YEARS OF SERVICES FACE 21 JOBS CUTS BY CHRISTMAS AND LONGER HOURS FOR NO ADDITIONAL PAY AS GMB MEETS MORRISON TODAY

What isn’t clear at the moment is whether these proposals spring from rank incompetence on the part of Morrison or a blatant attempt to boost their profits at the expense of the workforce or some combination of the two says GMB

GMB is calling on Leeds City council contractor Morrison to remove the threat of job losses and pay cuts for 98 long service housing maintenance workers whose jobs were outsourced seven months ago. 21 face being made redundant by Christmas. The 98 workers between them have contributed 1,256 years combined service to the people of Leeds. See notes to editors for details.

Private contractor Morrison runs the social housing maintenance contract for Leeds City Council. They have now put 98 jobs at risk only seven months after taking over the contract last April. This is despite wanting to increase working hours and introduce a night shift while still sub-contracting out 30% of its work.

Morrison has also written to the workforce seeking volunteers willing to increase their contractual hours of work to more hours during the week and add Saturday working for no more money than they are paid now. The 90 days consultation notice includes this change so the company is trying to impose the increase in hours and cut in pay even if no one volunteers. The other issue is they are still sub-contracting out 30% of their work.

GMB officers refused to attend a meeting last week because Morrison’s refused to allow the workers who are threatened by these cuts and changes to attend the meeting thereby excluding them from at the very beginning of the alleged consultation period. The next meeting to discuss the situation will take place at Headingly on 14th November 2011 at 9.30 a.m.

Jon Smith, GMB Organiser said, “21 local workers are looking down the barrel of a gun at being on the scrap heap at Christmas. Many more are looking at more hours work for the same money. This company is getting public money to maintain Leeds City Council’s housing stock and cuttings it’s existing workforces jobs and pay is simply not acceptable.

GMB will get to the bottom of this shambles. What isn’t clear at the moment is whether this is rank incompetence on the part of Morrison, a blatant attempt to boost their profits at the expense of the workforce, or some combination of the two. What is certain is that this is a massive kick in the teeth to loyal and hard working tradesmen and their families who have spent 1,256 years working for their local community.”