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Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in ISS Hairmyres – ISS paid what they owed 

For the last six months our union has been in dispute with ISS over the proposed (and subsequently imposed) changes to your payroll system, that saw you work for three weeks but paid for just two. 

Throughout our member meetings, consultative ballots, workplace visits and industrial action ballots, you have been clear and consistent that you objected to the detriment you were subjected to as a result of “Project Greenfield”, and wanted ISS to pay what they owed.

Through the collective strength of GMB members who stood together and were prepared to take strike action, we brought ISS back to the table with an offer that put your hard-earned wages back where they belong - in your pockets. 

And last week you voted unanimously to accept that offer. 

There are a number of important lessons we can take forward from the last six months:

·         We need to be organised - if we are organised and ready to stand together then we can

 defend our interests;

·         We cannot rely on anyone else to help us - no other organisations, not NHS Lanarkshire

 and not the Scottish Government; and

·         Workers in the NHS employed on PFI contracts are an easy target - this would never

 have been allowed to happen to directly employed NHS staff.

You remained solid in the face of hostility from your employer, from the ‘hand-washing’ of the health board and the ineffectiveness of the Scottish Government, and you won for you and your families. In the final analysis, ISS paid what they owed.

But we cannot rest on our laurels; we need to continue our campaigning and organising at Hairmyres. So if you know a colleague who isn’t yet a trade union member, there’s never been a better time to join Scotland’s campaigning trade union, GMB. You can do so online at www.gmb.org.uk/join 

As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your GMB workplace reps, contact me on 0141 332 8641 (Quote: “Hairmyres” during office hours) or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk   

Karen Leonard 

GMB Scotland Organiser

 
 
Dear GMB Member
 
GMB Scotland in ISS UK Hairmyres: Consultative Ballot Result - 100% Acceptance
 
Thank you to all our members who voted over the last 48 hours in our consultative ballot concerning your employer’s new offer.
 
We can now confirm the following result on the basis of acceptance or rejection of the offer:
 
  • Accept:           100%
  • Reject:               -
 
We have notified your employer of the result with emphasis that we would like the money repaid as quickly as possible and to the satisfaction of our members affected.
 
We will confirm the payment schedule shortly along with further communications following full confirmation of this from ISS.
 
In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your workplace rep, our Glasgow office on 0141 332 8641 (Quote: “ISS” during office hours) or email paul.arkison@gmb.org.uk
 
Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser
 

 
Dear GMB Member
 
GMB Scotland in ISS UK Hairmyres – Workplace Consultative Ballot Reminder
 
Thank you to our members who voted today (Tuesday 3 September) in the consultative ballot on the ISS offer.
 
Remember that your employer has agreed to GMB’s request that you are able to vote on your working time – so don’t forget to do so!
 
If you haven’t done so already, you will be able to cast your ballot as follows:
  • Tonight 7PM - 10PM Union Facilities Room
  • Tomorrow 9PM - 5PM Energy Centre Training Room
  • Tomorrow 7PM - 10PM Union Facilities Room
 
GMB recommends that you vote ‘yes’ to accept the employer’s offer. We are campaigning for the return of your wages and we believe this offer addresses the detriment caused.
 
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact your GMB workplace reps, call me on 0141 332 8641 (during office hours) or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk  
 
Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser
 
 
Dear GMB Member
 
GMB Scotland in ISS UK Hairmyres: Important Update! Consultative Ballot Confirmed
 
Following meetings this morning (Monday 2 September) with ISS, we can confirm that GMB will now move to a full consultative ballot of its members on the employer’s offer.
 
This will be a 48 hour ballot conducted in the workplace, running from 9AM tomorrow Tuesday 3 September. 
 
ISS has agreed to GMB’s request that our members are given release from their working-time to cast their ballots.
 
You will be able to do so at the following times and venues on Tuesday and Wednesday:
 
  • 9AM – 5PM, Energy Centre Training Room
  • 7PM – 10PM, Union Facilities Room
 
GMB recommends that you vote ‘yes’ to accept the employer’s offer. We are campaigning for the return of your wages and we believe this offer addresses the detriment caused.
 
Please note that ISS will also issue mandates to all staff affected seeking your acceptance of their offer. You do not need to return this until after you cast your ballot.
 
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact your GMB workplace reps, call me on 0141 332 8641 (during office hours) or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk  
 
Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser
 
 
Dear GMB Member 
 
GMB Member Update: Workplace Meetings and Consultative Ballot Timetable 
 
Further to our communication this morning (Friday 30 August) on the offer tabled by ISS UK and the suspension of our strike action, your GMB reps will meet with ISS management on Monday morning at Hairmyres.
 
Thereafter, we will set-out a timetable for workplace meetings which will allow us to discuss the offer together before setting out our union’s position ahead of the consultative ballot. We will communicate this to you as soon as possible following the meeting with management.
 
I want to be clear with you that although we have agreed nothing at this stage, the movement from ISS would not have happened without the campaign GMB members have undertaken. And when we go through the detail of the offer next week, it will be GMB members that will decide whether this is an acceptable proposal or not.
 
Remember, our mandate for industrial action will remain protected throughout this period.
 
Your GMB reps will be on site tomorrow (Saturday 31 August) from 10AM. And if you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk 
 
Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser
 

 
Dear GMB Member
 
Important GMB Member Update: ISS table fresh offer – Strike action suspended
 
Late yesterday evening (Thursday 29 August) ISS UK tabled a fresh offer concerning your wages.
 
The proposal outlines a payment plan to address the detriment caused by the new payroll system. We believe this proposal requires your full consultation.
 
As a result, we have agreed to suspend our strike action scheduled to start at 00.01 hours on Monday 2 September. Staff should report to work as normal.
 
We will shortly confirm a timetable for workplace meetings to take place across all shifts next week to discuss the offer, alongside a full consultative ballot of members on whether to accept this offer.
 
Please ensure you check your text messages and emails for confirmation of this timetable which we are currently finalising with your employer, on which we will issue later today.
 
Please also note that our mandate for industrial action remains protected under law.
 
Your GMB reps will be on site tomorrow (Saturday 31 August) from 10AM to discuss the offer with members ahead of next week’s meetings and consultative ballot.
 
In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 during office hours or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk
 
Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in ISS Hairmyres – ISS Meeting Update

I wanted to give as quick an update as possible on today’s (Wednesday 28 August) meetings at Hairmyres with ISS, and particularly for those of you who were unable to attend any of the events. Quite frankly, it was a sham and a stitch-up.

ISS executives came to Hairmyres today not to engage in a meaningful dialogue, or to avoid a strike or to return wages to staff, but to act with total impunity and treat our members with utter contempt.

It is now clear that ISS, left unchecked, has no intention of returning your wages. Instead they told us that they have worked with NHS Lanarkshire and other stakeholders to plan cover for a strike rather than work with us to resolve the dispute by paying what they owe.

We were also told that the money saved by not paying striking staff their wages on Monday will be used to help pay for the redeployment and accommodation of staff from their operations in NHS England, which will total around eighty people.

Furthermore, and in measure of what we are up against, ISS also confirmed that it will cost them more money to break this strike than it would do to return the total cost of the wages owed to staff at Hairmyres.

ISS has clearly demonstrated that they are not fit to operate services in NHS Scotland – they should be stripped of this contract as soon as possible.

It is disgusting that the leadership and bureaucracy of NHS Lanarkshire have washed their hands of our campaign for the rightful return of your wages. It also sets an appalling precedent in NHS Scotland and makes a mockery of the Scottish Government’s so-called ‘fair work’ agenda.

The truth is that GMB members - dedicated frontline workers in NHS - have been left alone to fight for the return of their wages while highly paid leaders in politics and the health board allowed ISS to put everyone over the barrel for their own interests.  It is a shameful situation.

We will be in constant contact with reps and members tomorrow and will issue further communication ahead of the weekend but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me on 0141 332 8641 (Quote “ISS”) or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk

Karen Leonard

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member,

ISS Demonstration and First Minister’s Questions

I want to thank those of you who joined us at our demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament yesterday, as we called on the politicians to support our campaign to put a stop to “Project Greenfield”.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, you can see in the video below that the campaign was raised in the chamber at First Minister’s Questions, where Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that NHS Lanarkshire has proposed solutions to ISS that would keep your wages where they belong, in your pocket.


It is now up to us to keep the pressure on ISS to take up one of these options and put a stop to “Project Greenfield”.

If you haven’t already, you can send a message to your employer by voting in the consultative ballot which closes on Tuesday 7th May.

After the ballot closes and your reps have counted the votes, we’ll communicate the result to you and plan the next steps for the campaign.

Drew Duffy

GMB Scotland Senior Organiser