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Hospital strike threat on hold
10:40am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
A threatened strike by hospital workers has been put temporarily on hold.
The GMB has been asking hundreds of its members who work for private company Sodexo to vote on industrial action in a row over possible redundancies and changes to working hours.
The company launched a consultation with staff on proposals for changes that could lead to the loss of up to 59 jobs.
Sodexo managing director Simon Scrivens wrote to members to apologise for the pay problems.
The GMB and senior representatives of the company met in London this week to see if there was any way to resolve the dispute over redundancies without the need for industrial action.
They have drawn up a new proposal that includes a commitment to ensuring any pay queries are immediately resolved, that all affected employees receive an additional annual leave allowance to compensate them, a commitment to actively seek voluntary redundancies before any compulsory redundancies are made and a further reduction in the maximum number of compulsory redundancies.
If the ballot, which closes today, provides a mandate for industrial action, this will be temporarily suspended to allow time for the GMB to consult members to see if they accept the proposal.
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