Unison union urges Care Plus Group health staff not to sign contracts
UNISON officials are urging nurses and other staff members not to sign a contract detailing changes to their terms and conditions before consulting with them first.
All employees at Care Plus Group, which provides adult health and social care in North East Lincolnshire, have been handed new contracts to sign and accept by 5pm on Thursday, February 28.
However, Unison says it was not shown to them first, which they claim is unacceptable. Unison's Paul Swarbrick, said: "We need a mandate from our members on this so we have organised a meeting to take place on Thursday at 5.30pm, at the Royal Humber Hotel."
Care Plus claim national funding reductions and an increased costs have left them with no choice.
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It must make between £800,000 and £1 million in savings from April 1 this year to March 31, 2014, on top of the £865,000 successfully saved in this financial year. Jane Miller, Care Plus group chief operating officer, said: "This is not an easy time for anyone, but doing nothing is sadly not an option for us.
"We hope that staff will understand the context in which we are having to do this and accept these changes.
"As a social enterprise, we very much want the views of all our staff on these important issues and this is why we have sent the offer directly to them."