GMB calls for halt to janitors’ pilot scheme in Glasgow

cordiaThe GMB has called on Cordia to put a halt to the controversial pilot scheme that will see janitors in Glasgow lose their jobs.

Bosses want to reduce the number of janitors at six sites in the city from six to four, and has told workers at unless they volunteer, they will be redeployed elsewhere.

The company has so far conducted minimal consultation with trade unions and GMB still has questions surrounding the new scheme including the practicality of janitors travelling between the six sites.

GMB branch secretary Rhea Wolfson said: “We are disappointed to see Cordia pushing through with janitorial reforms without proper consultation with trade unions.

“We are left with many unanswered questions about the nature of this upcoming pilot including over the most basic of practicalities. Furthermore, Cordia has been unwilling to confirm what numbers of jobs will be lost if the cluster scheme is rolled out across Glasgow. Judging from the proposed pilot scheme, Cordia could be set to lose 30-40% of janitors, not only leaving out members without positions but leaving schools shortchanged and understaffed.

“We have formally requested that Cordia halt this pilot scheme until proper consultation can take place both between Cordia and the trade unions and the trade unions and our members.

“Glasgow school children deserve clean and safe schools with a dedicated janitor and our members deserve to have a say in any changes to their terms and conditions.”

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