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Unite members at Ninewells to decide on NHS bullying p...

Unite members at Ninewells to decide on NHS bullying proposals

10 November 2016

Unite the union is to update domestic services staff at Ninewells Hospital on new proposals from NHS Tayside to resolve problems of bad workplace practice.

Workers at the hospital have been angry over treatment they have received that has not been in line with NHS policies on bullying and harassment. 

A consultative ballot among Domestic Services staff at Ninewells closed on 31 October. The result was an overwhelming 98 per cent vote in favour of industrial action. 

Yesterday, Unite officials updated members on the outcome of a series of meetings with NHS Tayside HR Director George Doherty and his team.

Late last night Unite and NHS Tayside agreed a final draft of planned actions to be taken to members. 

Unite regional coordinating officer Dougie Maguire said: “Unite members are rightly angry about the treatment they have received. Yesterday, we gave them an outline of the proposed measures that NHS Tayside will put in place, and timelines that the management team will commit to.

“We had encouraging feedback, but Unite members rightly wanted to see the final draft proposals before making any decisions about a way forward.

“Early next week Unite will hold a series of workplace meetings at which members involved in this dispute will be given an opportunity to accept or reject the finalised proposals.

“The clear message we heard from members was that they have been given promises from management in the past, only for bad workplace practices to continue on the ground. The situation is completely unacceptable and has to stop now.

“I’d like to pay tribute to all Unite members who have taken a stand on this issue. Standing up to bullying and harassment is never easy – but our members have not allowed individuals to feel isolated and have stood together to make management fulfil their responsibilities.”

If the final draft proposals are accepted by members then NHS Tayside has agreed to meet with Unite to review progress over the next six weeks.

ENDS

Notes to editors 

For further information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org