I’m totally going to be myself as I write this, no political correctness or nice manners as I’m furious at the moment, perhaps not the best time to be writing blogs but fuck it, things need to be said.
I’m a very lucky man, 7 years ago I met an amazing person, my heart literally skipped a beat when I first saw her and I knew she was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. She told me she was a Nurse from the Philippines which didn’t surprise me, Filipino people are renowned for being the most caring and loyal of humans on the planet. My lady is no different.
She ended up coming to London having being promised a decent wage and accommodation to live in, a life with prospects and positive outcomes, the agency that sponsored her were full of enthusiasm which in turn gave my lady hope. Her Nursing career was about to take a turn for the best, wasn’t it.
Then she arrived in the UK, her accommodation was a room in a house owned by a family, who are really nice down to earth English people. Her employer turned out to be a company that ran Care Homes for the Elderly. My lady was placed in one of the homes as a Senior Carer, not a Nurse as the regulations for employing Nurses from the Philippines had just been changed by the UK Govt, only weeks before her arrival in the UK.
So moving further along, it’s now been 9 years that my partner has been employed by the same company and she has worked continuously in the same Care Home. She never complaints about the difficulties of the job, she enjoys spending time with the elderly residents and gets to know them individually, giving them her complete devotion to ensure they receive the utmost of care.
Now let’s talk about the company which I won’t name. They treat the staff with little or no respect, the home itself has had leaks and floods that are repaired temporarily and cheaply, the staff get wage increases except my partner from 2007 to 2013, she spoke to the owner for increment because she knows she deserve it but was given a very little increase only (bus fare increase is even bigger than what she gets). At christmas company gave their staff a card with Happy Christmas written on it, no bonus or reward is given to the hard work and dedication of the staff. Last Christmas, all the hard working staff were supposed to get a gift from the social worker, a lovely and massive basket of gift but has been stolen and the person in the position blame it to the staff. Most of the time staff go home same at the time and the person who can take that is only someone who has a car. The management have been changed so frequently that they should install a revolving door!!
The home itself has been under investigation so many times and even more so since the new manager arrived in the last year. That’s when my partners problems really started.
This guy (the new manager) comes in all happy and full of enthusiasm for his staff, with promises of rewards and promotion, ensuring teamwork and leadership going forward. All promising stuff indeed. ‘Don’t worry’ he told my partner, ‘I’ll make sure you get your Nurses Pin’, he had even told the company owners he would help the hard working staff get the recognition they deserved. Promises, promises and failed delivery, this guy is a fraud!! He had the cheek to get all friendly and touchy feely, cuddling the staff including my partner until she told him to stop it, guess he didn’t like that so decided to make life difficult.
Just three months in the place and already this guy was stirring things up. Staff began to complain of his behaviour, he brought the mood down and began to behave like a tyrant, speaking to the staff in a derogatory manner, calling them all disgusting! Bullying them by telling them they cannot touch him and what he says goes, baring in mind my partner has a clean working record for the last nine years with credits from the inspectors to boot.
Recently, my partner felt she was being discriminated against so started to keep records of conversation and behaviour by the manager towards her. She recorded incidents of unfair practice, bullying, harassment and undue care towards the staff. Once she had a sufficiently gathered enough proof she went ahead with a grievance against her manager, this involved contacting a union rep at (WELL KNOWN UNION ORGANISATION) who are there to assist with such cases.
Now it gets out of fucking order!! During the grievance hearing my partner wasn’t allowed to discuss any matters in relation to the treatment she received, just the discrimination which of course was denied by the manger in the outcome of the investigation so my partner appealed the decision and was given a chance to have her concerns heard, again, they didn’t want to listen again and I have to say I’m disgusted with the organization for not supporting my partner as the whole point of having a grievance is to air all your concerns. None of it was allowed, making my partner look stupid and as if she was making stuff up. These were all brushed under the carpet as the company employed their own staff to conduct the hearing making it totally unfair and biased towards them.
This ‘Manager’ is from Ghana, not that it matters, what concerns me is the way he spoke to the staff during one of the staff meeting in which my partner was responsible for taking the ‘minutes’. The words spoken by this man during the meeting should have had him disciplined immediately, but when my partner brought this up during her grievance hearing, an excuse was made that the manager directed his words at all staff so DOES THAT MAKE IT ALRIGHT? like fuck does it, apparently he spoke in a robust manner to ensure his staff knew where they stood, I’M SORRY BUT NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO SPEAK TO ANOTHER PERSON/S IN SUCH A DEROGATORY MANNER. NO EXCUSES. EVEN MORE SO, IF YOU ARE TRYING TO COMMAND RESPECT FROM YOUR STAFF! THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY FOR FUCK SAKE, WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS????? OH YEAH MAYBE A CANNIBAL BECAUSE IN THE STAFF CONSECUTIVE MEETINGS HE SAID ”I AM GOING TO EAT YOU ALIVE’!!!!!”
Then he tells all staff that he want’s to get rid of them and ‘EMPLOY HIS OWN PEOPLE’ REALLY????? I’M NOT BEING FUNNY BUT IF THAT WAS A WHITE MANAGER, HE’D BE IN DEEP SHIT FOR SUCH ABUSE (because that’s what it is) OF HIS STAFF.
Now the outcome of my parntners grievance and appeal hearing were both dismissed and upheld, she wasn’t allowed to air her thoughts, nor was she given the opportunity to bring all of her concerns to the discussion, instead they were all swept under the corporate carpet, a typical cover-up.
So for those of you reading this blog, particularly any Nurses from Philippines, don’t believe the hype that all is golden here in the UK. They don’t show any care, just make you get on with your job, if you do ask for a pay increase be aware that you could be told, ‘you know where the door is’ and if you don’t like it go back to the Philippines. IS THAT THE KIND OF EMPLOYMENT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR? THEN WELCOME TO LIFE IN THE UK.