Workers want answers from Borders Housing councillors ...

Workers want answers from Borders Housing councillors over cuts plan

01 August 2014

Workers at Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) are calling for local councillors on the organisation’s board to share business plans and consultations allegedly approving a ten per-cent pay cut on staff and to end a rising spate of workplace bullying by management.

SBHA are demanding that maintenance workers report ‘on the job’ at 8AM which will increase the working week from 37.5 hours to a minimum of 41 hours.  These changes will be unpaid, effectively imposing a minimum cut of £50 a week (or 10 percent of weekly pay) on workers earnings.

Unite has formally contacted the councillor members of the Board on several occasions to highlight the deteriorating employment relations conditions at SBHA and in an effort to obtain transparency on the cuts plan.

A ballot for industrial action opened earlier this week and will run until Friday 8 August.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Tony Trench said, “The fundamental problems at the core of this dispute are the lack of transparency from SBHA management in their efforts to impose this cuts agenda and the bullying and harassment they are increasingly subjecting their employees to in order to achieve it.

“We have repeatedly contacted the councillors on the board of SBHA to alert them to the problems created by management’s intransigence and to glean some background on the business case and tenant consultation which management claim as the rationale for the cuts.

“These councillors are representatives of the people and their constituents include the very workers whose terms and conditions are under attack so if there is a business case or consultation report advocating these cuts, they should be doing their utmost to make them available to us and the public.

“To date we’ve received no response from them which quite frankly is an abandonment of their role and responsibilities as elected public servants.”


For further information please contact Tony Trench 07810 157 913 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157 931.

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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.