GMB Scotland Media Statement
Four Seasons Health Care Administration
Responding to this morning’s announcement that the holding companies behind of the UK’s biggest care home providers, Four Seasons, have entered administration, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said:
“This is yet another case in point of the crisis in our care sector.
“Our immediate priority is the safeguard of our members’ jobs and conditions across Four Seasons homes in Scotland and to help tackle any uncertainty for an estimated 1,800 service users and their families.
“That’s why we have asked for an urgent meeting with the Scottish Government and COSLA representatives. We will also continue to work with our union across the rest of the UK and in our engagements with the employer, administrators and the UK Government.
“Four Seasons is just the tip of the iceberg and there is a far wider debate that needs to be had about the sustainability of our care sector in its present form.
“Let’s be clear that the public purse is largely funding these failing providers and the financiers behind them, while the rights of workers at the coal face, mainly low paid women, are constantly under attack. This is a toxic mix for staff and service users alike.
“If we leave this unchallenged then we will only continue to revisit the problems we are facing today in Four Seasons elsewhere in the sector. This must stop and the sector must change.”
Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.