Branch Secretary :

Mark Francois MP to Raise Unite @ Sanctuary Issues

Mark Francois MP has agreed to raise the detrimental contract changes being threatened by Sanctuary Care on behalf of our members working in the service.


On the 2nd July, reps and branch officers went to meet with Clive Efford MP who agreed to write to Sanctuary stressing the need for them to change course. He also said that he would try to get the issue debated in Parliament. Unfortunately, Clive was unsuccessful at getting selected for debate this month although we're hopeful it will be selected when Parliament reconvenes.



Clive Efford MP with Unite @ Sanctuary reps. Clive proposed writing to Greenwich Council which procures care services from Sanctuary, and to the housing association itself to set out his concerns. He also offered to highlight these at an adjournment debate in Parliament. 


However, it doesn't end there. It will come as as no surprise that Sanctuary show as little respect for tenants, residents and service users as they do for hardworking and dedicated staff. Sanctuary therefore has an active residents and tenants group who campaign for better standards from their landlord. One of the MPs that the group has contact with, Mark Francois MP, was more successful and managed to get parliamentary time. Please see Mark's statement here



Mark Francois MP has agreed to highlight concerns about the treatment of staff at a meeting with the Sanctuary CEO.


After this embarrassing exposure for Sanctuary, a meeting was arranged between Mark Francois MP and Sanctuary chief executive Craig Moules. Unite was alerted to this meeting and contacted Mark to provide information on our campaign and ask him to raise the staffing issue with Craig Moules. We are pleased to report that Mark has agreed to do so. This will help place further political pressure on Sanctuary at a time when social care is high on the agenda.


We've asked Mark to feedback to us so that we can report on the outcome, and wanted members to be aware of these developments in the meantime.


Click here for previous reports on Unite @ Sanctuary.


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