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Larchwood Care staff vote on strike action over redundancy plan

Broomfield-Court

Staff at a Larchwood Care home slated for closure are to be balloted on strike action today over redundancy plans offered by their employer.

Plans to close Broomfield Court in Glasgow were shared with staff in April with Larchwood saying the home, which cares for up to 60 residents, was no longer financially viable.

The GM union is now consulting its members over strike action in a ballot that runs until May 16.

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GMB Scotland organiser, Kirsty Nimmo, said: “Larchwood bosses have made it very clear this care home closure is all about profit and not people. Their appalling actions represent everything that’s wrong with our broken care system and the chronic exploitation of its workers.

“Put yourself in the shoes of staff. Two years ago, they were being applauded by politicians and the public for their heroic and selfless care of vulnerable residents in the grip of a fatal pandemic – a pandemic that hasn’t gone away – and now they are facing the loss of their livelihoods.

“Larchwood can’t be allowed to ditch these key workers on the cheap. Our members want better value from their employer for everything they’ve done, so they won’t face displacement or unemployment in immediate hardship. It’s the very least they deserve.”

A Larchwood Care spokesperson said: “The decision to close the home has not been taken lightly. The combination of low occupancy and fee rates, together with the huge rise in energy costs and other inflationary pressures have made the position untenable.

“We are proud of the staff for the way they have cared for our residents during the pandemic and beyond. We will fulfil all our contractual financial obligations to staff, and we are working proactively to support them in finding alternative roles within the care sector, where there are increasing levels of vacancies.”

 

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