Unite members win action over hospital bullying

Unite members win action over hospital bullying

18 November 2016

Unite the union has paid tribute to domestic services staff at Ninewells Hospital who have won action from the NHS over 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% vote in favour of industrial action. 

Yesterday (Thursday 17 November), Unite officials updated members on new proposals from NHS Tayside HR Director George Doherty and his team.

They include extra training for line managers on the importance of following NHS policies and a raised profile for the Domestic Services Partnership Forum, that brings together trade union representatives and managers. 

Unite regional coordinating officer Dougie Maguire said: “Our members were happy to accept the proposals, but I think it’s fair to say there is still concern about the way they will be delivered on the ground. 

“If NHS managers work with union representatives in the way they’ve promised, then I’d hope I’d like to hope these problems are behind us. However, if they arise again, and management don’t take action, our members have shown how determined they are not to be mistreated.

“I’d like to once again 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 won clarity on NHS policies that will benefit themselves and all other healthcare workers in Tayside.”


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