At 9.02am we received a letter from SCC saying, in reference to that request, ‘Southern Cross Care will not be proposing nor making any changes to its operational models at this time’.
They said this was ‘acknowledging the emerging risk related to COVID-19’. But after the many tense meetings, media conferences and discussions with residents' families we’ve recently had I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that it was because of your action, not just the pandemic that was already raging before this proposal even existed…
So, it looks like the changes are dead in the water for now.
This wouldn’t have happened without you all standing together and fighting for your rights (and those of the residents you all help support). You should be proud of what you’ve achieved.
But, after many of our organisers have spent days and days at SCC facilities over the last fortnight working beside you, we do want to say that we are also disappointed. We are disappointed that – after the stress, tears and upheaval that we have witnessed many of you go through – we couldn’t have avoided thisall in the first place.
SCC aren’t making these changes ‘at this time’ but that doesn’t mean they won’t try again in the future. As this process has proved, the best protection you haveis working together. So if you’ve got a colleague who has been thinking of joining the union – now is the time.