Sirona

Industrial Action Update – 6 July

Posted: July 6, 2018

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Disappointed Sirona bosses today revealed that a second offer made to Union leaders in a bid to find a resolution to a strike has been rejected.

The dispute centres around moving staff working at residential homes and Extra Care facilities in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton from paid to unpaid breaks when they work more than six hours which is consistent with other providers in the sector and with other staff within Sirona.

The not-for-profit social enterprise is now preparing to cover a series of 25 consecutive walk-outs in an escalation of the action which began in June; it includes a series of middle-of-the-night strikes starting between 1am and 5am as well as 24 hour and 12 hour disruption.

Janet Rowse, Chief Executive, said:  “We are bitterly disappointed that this second offer has been rejected.  We knew that these changes could have a financial impact on some staff and although an earlier offer of a one off payment was rejected, we felt it was important we tried again to bring this period of industrial action to a close.

“We therefore made another offer to pay all affected staff a one-off payment.  The figure was based on any financial difference between an individual’s current rota and proposed rota for a 12 month period if they elected not to work additional shifts to make up their hours.  This means if the difference for an individual was £50 per month, we would have paid that person £600 as an ex-gratia payment with their August 2018 pay.

 

“Now that it has been rejected by Unison we have no option but to impose the changes to bring this difficult situation to a conclusion and start to rebuild our relationships. I am genuinely saddened that it has come to this; I believe that we have been fair and reasonable within the resources available to us for these services.  We have already reduced management and overhead costs and done our best to accommodate staff requests including protecting alternate weekends off and ensuring the opportunity for staff to work additional shifts to protect their income.  More than half of those affected have already accepted the new rotas.

“We have always been really sorry that the action we needed to take to address a gap in funding for these services impacted on staff.  We have incredible teams working in our care services and I want to build on this so that together we can continue to provide excellent quality care for our residents and tenants.”