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RCN opposes the creation of wholly owned subsidiaries

18 Sep 2018

Some staff working for York Teaching Hospitals are due to take strike action for 48 hours from 27 September.

This follows a ballot by the Unite union over plans by the Trust to create a wholly owned subsidiary to run estates and facilities services, similar to moves made by other trusts in this region including Airedale and Barnsley. 

At RCN Congress this year members voted to oppose transfers of this nature on the grounds that they could create a two-tier workforce in the NHS, with some of the lowest paid members of staff being pushed onto less rewarding contracts outside of the usual terms and conditions.

The RCN has emailed all members working at York Teaching to reassure them that we support Unite in their campaign and to offer advice for anyone working when colleagues are taking industrial action. 

In North Yorkshire, the Tees, Esk, and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust have scrapped their plans to outsource facilities management to a wholly owned subsidiary. This follows pressure from the joint unions at the trust. The RCN backed local planned protests and campaigned in the media against the proposals. The RCN also wrote to the trust chief executive setting out fears for staff and the services they provide.  

If you have any concerns about this issue or would like to know more about what the RCN is doing where you work then please do get in touch

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