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Sunday, 25 February

Sodexo Shamed in Batty Butty Bust-up; Signing the Covenant; and the Magnificent Severn

Sodexo, the absolutely massive FM company that works so hard on its social profile has been accused of going batty over an unpaid-for fried egg sandwich.

Aldren Tomlinson has worked as a hospital porter at King George Hospital in Ilford, London for fifteen unblemished-career years. Last week (ending Feb 10) he asked canteen staff if he could pay later for his sandwich as he had left his wallet at home. A member of the canteen staff is said not to have heard or acknowledged the request - and to cut a long story short, Aldren was sacked for 'stealing Sodexo company property' - valued at a whopping £4.00 retail.

The sacking occurred on Thursday Feb 9.

His dismissal generated huge anger among his colleagues. Hundreds signed petitions and held meetings to discuss strike action and protest.


Feltz fix

Vanessa Feltz was even persuaded to interview Aldren on her BBC London radio show this week (ending Feb 17) where public response demanded Aldren be reinstated.

That reinstatement came an hour before a protest outside the hospital was due to begin. Aldren Tomlinson said: “If it was not for my friends and work colleagues and union I would not have got my job back. They were willing to go on strike for me. I am delighted at clearing my name and getting my job back.

“Vanessa Feltz interviewed me on Wednesday morning and the support from her and her listeners blew me away. I look forward to going back to work on Monday.”



Michael Dooley GMB local representative said: “GMB welcome the common sense decision to reinstate Aldren. Dismissing a worker with a 15 year unblemished service record was not the best move Sodexo made." Earlier in the case Dooley had said: “Aldren never tried to hide what he did but it is clear this was a simple misunderstanding for which Sodexo have not, in our view, dealt with proportionally. Aldren has a clean work record yet is branded a thief. It makes my blood boil when I see criminals and repeat shoplifters who do not even get prosecuted and here we have a decent bloke losing his livelihood over a four quid breakfast"


His own fault

At the time, it is claimed that Sodexo said the misunderstanding was the porters own fault. Now a Sodexo spokesperson has told ThisWeekinFM: "We received an appeal, reviewed the situation and offered the employee reinstatement, which he has accepted. We look forward to seeing him back at work on Monday."


Harrow Green signs Armed Forces Covenant

Harrow Green has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant - a pledge between the government and people of the UK and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families.  It supports current and ex service personnel and their families.  The intention is to ensure their sacrifices and duty are respected and that they face no disadvantage compared to other citizens.

Nigel Dews MD of Harrow Green said: “We are very pleased to have joined over 1,000 other businesses and organisations who have signed the pledge. In signing the Armed Forces Covenant we have stated that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation. In 2015 we were awarded a three year contract to provide relocation and storage services for Service Family Accommodation for the MoD.  It was a natural next step to sign the Covenant to further cement our commitment to supporting the armed forces and their families.”

Harrow Green has made several important commitments by signing this pledge:

  • Supporting the employment of veterans young and old.
  • Striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners and endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting  leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
  • Promoting Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day within the company and encouraging employees to participate in fund-raising efforts.

"Several Harrow Green employees are ex service personnel and they bring extremely useful and relevant skills to the removals industry.  Many of them are already experienced in HGV driving and they all have excellent abilities such as leadership, planning, team working and excellent communication skills.  They are a natural fit for the removals industry which requires military precision timings and planning," said  Dews.


Emcor UK and the magnificent Severn property portfolio


Emcor UK has been appointed by water utilities company Severn Trent to provide services across, 450 sites of its property portfolio in the UK, including office and operational facilities.  The contract commenced January 2017 and is for a duration of three years.

Emcor will be responsible for providing mechanical and electrical maintenance and manned guarding. Additional scope of work includes waste disposal, cleaning, reception services, totally refreshed catering, and a new flexible payment system. The firm is also charged with introducing processes and technology tools to enable accurate capture, analysis and presentation of data on workforce, asset, and operational performance.

Picture: Aldren Tomlinson will be back for work - and breakfast - at King George Hospital in Ilford having been reinstated to his job as a Sodexo porter

Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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