Unions celebrate landmark recognition deal

Four SeasonsUnions are celebrating a landmark recognition deal at Four Seasons Health Care.

GMB, RCN and UNISON have signed what is the first voluntary deal between unions and an independent health and social care provider. The agreement covers more than 500 care homes, hospitals and specialised care centres employing more than 30,000 staff caring for more than 20,000 residents.

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: “This agreement is a new dawn paving the way for a whole new approach in the care home sector and setting the bench mark for the rest of the industry after a very unsettled few years. GMB members will welcome the agreement as GMB begins work with the company to find ways to secure the funding necessary to provide first class care from a committed and fairly rewarded workforce.”

RCN chief executive & general secretary Peter Carter, said: “We welcome this historic agreement and look forward to working with Four Seasons to provide advice and support to our members in the workplace. We have always maintained that a partnership between employers and trade unions contributes to a better working environment and benefits everyone with better pay, terms and conditions and improved care and treatment for clients. By working together we have an opportunity to have a stronger voice on professional issues”.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “I am pleased to be able to sign this important agreement which signals a positive commitment to partnership working. Four Seasons is a major employer across the UK and this agreement is key to boosting good employee relationships and delivering good quality care.”