A local branch of UNISON and a private care company based in St Neots have announced a new local working partnership agreement that it is hoped will improve service and encourage union participation
UNISON Cambridgeshire County Branch and Beaumont Healthcare Ltd (www.beaumonthealthcare.co.uk) have over the years developed a good working partnership locally and would now like to develop a more formal structure to this relationship.
Beaumont and UNISON both agree that working together in the spirit of openness and good industrial relations is definitely a positive step forward for all concerned. In order to achieve this Beaumont has agreed to actively encourage its staff to join UNISON and participate in union business as much as possible.
There will also be a number of measures put in place aimed at improving communication between staff and the two organisations. These will include regular formal meetings between Beaumont management and UNISON and the inclusion of UNISON membership forms and literature in Beaumont ‘starter packs’ given to new Beaumont staff when they join the company. UNISON will also participate in workplace staff meetings.
Daniel Sly, UNISON Branch Organiser, said: “This is great news for our established UNISON members within Beaumont Healthcare and other staff who may like to join.
“The private care industry is being hit quite dramatically with government cuts and we want to do everything we possibly can to support members in the workplace. There has been an increase in workloads as well as work place stress and, with the influx of European workers, communication between staff and management can sometimes be problematic.
“UNISON can act as a go-between in these circumstances and help to improve service. We hope that by developing this new local working partnership we can encourage union participation, and at the same time contribute to the business of Beaumont Healthcare in a positive way for all.”
Hetty Griffiths, General Manager for Beaumont Healthcare, said: “Unlike some companies we see increasing union membership as a positive development rather than some form of threat. UNISON can help to improve communication between staff and management and that can only be good for the people who really matter in all of this – the vulnerable people who our carers look after.”