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Care jobs threat in Glasgow

Issue No. 2445

Labour-run Glasgow City Council wants to axe 350 home carers. It plans to force 1,600 workers onto new shift patterns, which would break working regulations.

Cordia, a council arms length company, hopes to shed jobs through voluntary redundancy. It wants to introduce ten new shift patterns.

Half of them would involve opting out of working time rules as the rest time between working days is less than 11 hours. 

The Unison union, which represents some of the home carers, argued that “the council should be investing in social care jobs not cutting them”. Many of the other workers are members of the GMB union.

Unison added that the proposals would also “undermine workers’ health and safety, work life balance and personal caring responsibilities”. 

Cordia says the changes are necessary due to “budget pressures” and denies they break the rules. 

But the union said it has written confirmation from the company that workers would need to opt out of the European Union Working Time Directive to work five of the ten shift patterns.

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Tue 17 Mar 2015, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2445
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