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10 May 2012
Carillion continue to demonstrate all the urgency of a sundial over the situation at Great Western Hospital- such a lack of urgency which would make snails look hasty says GMB
GMB has given notice of a further one day stoppage on Wednesday 16th May by 150 GMB members at Carillion at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. This will be the nineteenth day of strike by these workers who have already taken 18 days of strike action over the failure of the Carillion management to deal with evidence of bribery and corruption on the contract which has been covered up for 18 months.
GMB members suspended the strike action in March to allow Carillion time to conduct this second investigation into these allegations. See note 1 below for progress of the dispute up to 2 May.
Last week these GMB members learned that a second investigation by Carillion into complaints by members found evidence of bribery and shakedowns on the contract. The company say another 2 months is needed to deal with this matter on top of the five months already spent not dealing with it.
The second investigation failed to identify or deal with the managers who presided over the cover up. The second investigation also avoided dealing with why the first investigation totally ignored the central issue that staff were required to “give gifts” to managers in order to secure the holiday or working time rota's that they were legally entitled to
GMB is calling for 'heads to roll' and for Carillion to agree to proper representation for GMB members to enable issues to be tackled at source to ensure this does not happen again.
Also on Wednesday 16th May Doreen Lawrence founder of the Stephen Lawrence Trust is the main speaker at a GMB public meeting begin held in Swindon to support these GMB members. Other speakers are Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Committee (TBC), Dave Smith a blacklisted Carillion worker, Anne Snelgrove, former South Swindon MP, Andy Newman GMB Branch Secretary and GMB members in dispute. Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Officer for Equality and Inclusion will Chair the meeting.
Paul Maloney GMB Regional Secretary said "Carillion continue to demonstrate all the urgency of a sundial over the situation at Great Western Hospital. There is such a lack of urgency which would make snails look hasty.
After months of denial and doublespeak they find themselves wallowing in a mire of bribery, shakedowns, corruption and cover up - and their response? To announce to the media that their investigation won't be concluded for another 3 weeks and that it won't be communicated to staff until the end of June. This is just more procrastination by Carillion.
GMB has witnessed 18 months of Carillion covering up bribery and shakedowns by managers of their own staff and no manager has yet been called to account. This is completely unacceptable behaviour.
When GMB gave notice of strike action next Wednesday we wrote to Carillion today asking 'when will Carillion meet GMB to discuss this culture of bribery, shakedowns, corruption and cover up, and to discuss how Carillion plans to resolve it and the other related matters of dispute?' We await their response."