The justice services union Community recently won a significant compensation package for workers at G4S in Scotland worth on average £1,500 for each officer affected. Since G4S took over management of the prisoner escort service in Scotland, the company had failed to meet their contractual obligation to provide employees with additional paid leave in lieu of working on bank holidays.
Having identified this failure, Community worked with those members affected to present the case to G4S and seek compensation for those workers who lost out. After extensive negotiations with the company, Community secured £90,000 for the 56 staff concerned. Amounting to an average of over £1,500 each, this was a significant boost for workers doing a difficult job in often challenging circumstances.
Adrian Axtell, Community’s National Officer said: “This is a great win for Community and our members. G4S weren’t giving our members what they were due, so we took up their case and won. I’m delighted that these employees have now been paid this significant sum and that the problem has been fixed for the future.”
Barry Roe, a G4S worker from Glasgow and a Community member said: “This money has made a big difference to all of us who were affected by G4S’s mistake. Community were there to help us every step of the way and made sure we were paid what we were owed.”
Community represents workers across a range of justice services including prisoner escort contracts and private prisons.