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NHS workers to vote for strike action at Brighton hospital

Workers at an NHS trust are to be balloted for industrial action in a row about consultation over job losses.

Members of the GMB union employed by Sodexo at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust, including cleaners, porters and workers who help feed patients, will vote next month.

The union accused the company of "deliberately avoiding" its statutory obligation to hold a 90-day consultation over redundancies by announcing that just under 100 posts are set to be cut.

The 90-day process kicks in when more than 100 redundancies are involved.

Gary Palmer of the GMB said: "Sodexo know that by seeking to implement unreasonable contract changes, rotas and working practices, this will lead to significant numbers of staff having no option but to leave."

A Sodexo spokesman said: "We can confirm that we are in consultation with union representatives following a staffing review.

"No definite decisions have been made and none will be made until that consultation is completed, but our intention is to explore every option available to minimise any potential redundancies.

"We appreciate that this is a difficult time with the holiday period approaching, but unfortunately the timing is unavoidable as our contract began this month and must be operating optimally as soon as possible.

"We understand that the GMB has expressed concern that patient safety will be put at risk. However, patient safety is our number one priority and we are working hard to ensure that services are not only maintained but improved."

What do you think? The Argus would like to hear from Sodexo worker concerned about job cuts and members of the public worried about the impact on hospital services.

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10:05pm Tue 18 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

This is what you vote Tory for. Reducing the benefits of or sacking the lowest paid.

What are Kirby and Weatherely doing about this? Agreeing with it! Whats more they would have those made redundant with only 45 days notice soon! Disgusting.

Those now working for Sodexo have my sympathy.

Where are the usual suspect Tory posters to defend what is happening? Is someone going to tell us care and cleanliness will improve or that infection rates will reduce?
This is what you vote Tory for. Reducing the benefits of or sacking the lowest paid. What are Kirby and Weatherely doing about this? Agreeing with it! Whats more they would have those made redundant with only 45 days notice soon! Disgusting. Those now working for Sodexo have my sympathy. Where are the usual suspect Tory posters to defend what is happening? Is someone going to tell us care and cleanliness will improve or that infection rates will reduce? HJarrs
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10:48pm Tue 18 Dec 12

trystero says...

HJarrs wrote:
This is what you vote Tory for. Reducing the benefits of or sacking the lowest paid.

What are Kirby and Weatherely doing about this? Agreeing with it! Whats more they would have those made redundant with only 45 days notice soon! Disgusting.

Those now working for Sodexo have my sympathy.

Where are the usual suspect Tory posters to defend what is happening? Is someone going to tell us care and cleanliness will improve or that infection rates will reduce?
Care and cleanliness WILL improve! Infection rates WILL reduce! It MUST be true - a pig just flew past the window of my ward at the Royal Sussex, trailing a banner that read "Why didn't you go private, you peasants? Lots of love from Mike W. and Simon K."

Then again, I THOUGHT it was a flying pig - it could have been Eric Pickles....
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: This is what you vote Tory for. Reducing the benefits of or sacking the lowest paid. What are Kirby and Weatherely doing about this? Agreeing with it! Whats more they would have those made redundant with only 45 days notice soon! Disgusting. Those now working for Sodexo have my sympathy. Where are the usual suspect Tory posters to defend what is happening? Is someone going to tell us care and cleanliness will improve or that infection rates will reduce?[/p][/quote]Care and cleanliness WILL improve! Infection rates WILL reduce! It MUST be true - a pig just flew past the window of my ward at the Royal Sussex, trailing a banner that read "Why didn't you go private, you peasants? Lots of love from Mike W. and Simon K." Then again, I THOUGHT it was a flying pig - it could have been Eric Pickles.... trystero
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6:48am Wed 19 Dec 12

whereisthe...? says...

Thanks Coalition. Murdering filth.
Thanks Coalition. Murdering filth. whereisthe...?
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11:02pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Alix83 says...

To me it looks like we are short of staff already! Overtime is needed every day and not to cover just few vacancies or holidays.
All the situation is so stressful and no one talks to us. A lot of questions without answers.
I don't even know who are the managers in charge at the moment.
To me it looks like we are short of staff already! Overtime is needed every day and not to cover just few vacancies or holidays. All the situation is so stressful and no one talks to us. A lot of questions without answers. I don't even know who are the managers in charge at the moment. Alix83
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