Carers at the John Mackintosh elderly residential wing mounted a protest outside the Main Street offices of Grand Home Care yesterday, as controversy arising from a change of contract flared up once again. As workers took to the street supported by Unite the Union officials, there were acrimonious exchanges about the way the transfer of the contract had been handled and the impact it was having on staff. The Gibraltar Government said a new contract to provide services at the wing had been awarded to MedDoc Healthcare on March 5 after a competitive tender process, replacing a contract held by Grand Home Care. Both companies were told that the contract handover would take place on April 6. According to the government, Grand Home Care thus had over four weeks to assess whether it would need to lay off any of its workers and, if so, inform them and provide redundancy payments under local employment law. But the government claimed that even as of yesterday morning, Grand Home Care’s staff at the John Mackintosh wing had not yet been notified whether they would be retained or made redundant, leaving them in a limbo as to their employment future. MedDoc Healthcare has… Read full this story
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