NHS reach positive outcome with Unite

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A positive outcome has been reached between Unite and NHS Tayside over a dispute with domestic service staff.

The dispute centred around treatment that staff said had not been in line with NHS policies on bullying and harassment.

A consultative ballot among Domestic Services staff at Ninewells closed on October 31. The result was an overwhelming 98% vote in favour of industrial action.

Yesterday (Thursday 17 November), Unite officials updated members on new proposals from NHS Tayside HR Director George Doherty and his team.

They include extra training for line managers on the importance of following NHS policies and a raised profile for the Domestic Services Partnership Forum, that brings together trade union representatives and managers.

Unite regional coordinating officer Dougie Maguire said: “Our members were happy to accept the proposals, but I think it’s fair to say there is still concern about the way they will be delivered on the ground.

“If NHS managers work with union representatives in the way they’ve promised, then I’d like to hope these problems are behind us. However, if they arise again, and management don’t take action, our members have shown how determined they are not to be mistreated.

“I’d like to once again pay tribute to all Unite members who have taken a stand on this issue. Standing up to bullying and harassment is never easy – but our members have not allowed individuals to feel isolated and have won clarity on NHS policies that will benefit themselves and all other healthcare workers in Tayside.”

George Doherty, NHS Tayside’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, said: “Following a series of discussions held between NHS Tayside and Unite senior officials on concerns expressed by some Domestic Services staff, both parties have confirmed a positive outcome to their meetings.

“All parties believe that by continuing to work together, Unite local officers and NHS Tayside senior managers will positively ensure all staff concerns are fully addressed.”