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14th September 2020, 20:37

​Unite raises concerns over Elderly Care home - related to tender process and staffing

Unite the Union has raised concerns over plans for the new elderly care home, following the Development and Planning Commission’s recent recommendation of the plans submitted by the Government.

Unite says there is lack of clarity over the tender process for this build at a time when Gibraltar’s construction industry is in dire need of projects.

Unite says the engagement of a Chinese partner has prompted ‘much head scratching’. The union says there are question marks over the preferred method of modular construction.

The union says there are now concerns around the future of existing elderly care facilities.

National Officer Stuart Davies says the union wrote to the Chief MInister in July to detail their concerns.

Mr Davies questions how the new facility would be staffed, warning that employing from the private sector would mean employing "on inferior wages and conditions", representing "a further privatisation of the care sector". He said this would be ‘robustly opposed’ by the union.

He adds that their position is that care staff must be from the public sector, on decent terms and conditions of employment.

Mr Davies says we cannot praise and clap care workers one minute, but then the next state that they are not deserving of public sector contracts and conditions.

The union is seeking assurances on these issues from the Government.