Hospital service provider Spotless has unfortunately lost its contract at Flinders Medical Centre and Modbury Hospital. Because of this, approximately 220 hospital workers could lose their jobs. Spotless staff were informed that the company’s contracts would not be renewed and that their competitor ISS Australia is going to take over the contracts starting in December. United Voice, the union that represent the workers has stated that there were 120 at Flinders Medical Centre and around 100 Spotless workers employed at Modbury Hospital.
A spokeswoman from the union said: “United Voice will be working with both the outgoing and incoming contractors to minimise any adverse effects to workers, and to ensure that all workers’ rights and entitlements are respected.” Meanwhile, an SA Health spokeswoman said in statement: “Any new contract is generally awarded through an open market process where quality and price are key considerations.”
Spotless is still under contract to provide services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital while ISS serves at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Lyell McEwin Hospital. Spotless warned on November 27 last year that its contract to deliver services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital was losing money, and that it would not contribute to earnings in 2017-18.