Complaints over poor conditions the tip of iceberg

first_img Comments are closed. The 36 Filipino nurses who walked out on their private sector employer lastweek claiming exploitative work arrangements are just the tip of the iceberg,warns Unison. The nurses were recruited in February by Wilton House, which runs fournursing homes in Hertfordshire, but they left claiming they were forced to worklong hours on low pay, with contracts that stipulated they would be sacked ifthey joined a union. Unison found work for the nurses with NHS hospitals before advising them toleave the homes. Karen Jennings, the union’s head of nursing, said, “It is a significantproblem and a growing trend. We dealt with one case last month, and we’recurrently involved in three more. As the issue receives greater prominence,more overseas nurses are going to come forward.” Seventeen of the nurses are going through the recruitment process at theEast and North Hertfordshire NHS Hospital Trust, which already employs 158 Filipinonurses. Gloria Barber, head of HR at the hospital, said it has a 13 per cent vacancyrate in nursing positions and the new nurses will provide a short-termsolution. Once at the hospital, the Filipino nurses will go on an adaptation courseoverseen by senior nurses, providing support and training in their first sixmonths. Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust will employ the other 19 nurses. Complaints over poor conditions the tip of icebergOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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