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Southern Cross: care homes firm turns on workers

Issue No. 2256

Crisis-hit care homes firm Southern Cross is trying to make workers pay for its financial mess.

It plans to sack 3,000 care home staff. It also plans to impose new contracts on workers—and any who refuse will be subject to dismissal without redundancy pay.

The plan, submitted to the GMB union last week, said workers could have their hours increased or decreased by 20 percent as required, or be moved to a different home “within a reasonable area”.

Staff would not be paid for breaks, meaning full-time workers would now be paid for 38.5 hours instead of 42.

One worker said, “We don’t know what to do. Only an idiot would accept, but if we don’t, they will fire us.”

More than 30,000 people could be left homeless after speculators plunged Southern Cross, Britain’s largest care homes firm, into chaos.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011, 18:17 BST
Issue No. 2256
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