Equinox Care staff will be holding a third day of strike action for 48 hours commencing tomorrow (Thursday 11 July) in protest over management cutting pay by up to £8,000 and refusing to talk to union representatives since the strike action first started in May.
Equinox Care, a charity dealing with substance abuse problems, is now at the centre of a employment relations crisis with management refusing to even talk to union representatives - its 'radio silence' has been made even worse by the charity's refusal to attend a conciliation meeting with Acas.
Last week the charity's board also refused to engage with the union over the massive cuts to workers' pay.
Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: "If management thinks it can resolve this dispute by ignoring this very serious problem it is very wrong. Equinox faces an employment relations crisis. The charity is doing staff and the people that need it the most a disservice by refusing to deal with this issue head on. We urge management to get around the negotiating table and resolve this dispute."
The management is proposing the cuts for frontline workers who work with some of the most vulnerable people in society; most staff are facing cuts of between £4,000 to £8,000-a-year.
In April Unite criticised chief executive Bill Puddicombe who accepted - for the first time in Equinox Care’s history - a performance related bonus while cutting workers' wages.
Equinox Care is a social care organisation which offers specialist care to vulnerable men and women with alcohol, drug and mental health problems in various residential and community-based services.
There will be four picket lines at the following Equinox offices from 08.30 tomorrow (Thursday 11 July):
- 124 Brook Drive, London, SE11 4Q (only until noon)
- 1 Aspinden Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 2DR
- 146 New Cross Road, London, SE14 5BA
- Equinox Central Office, 177 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0ED
For further information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.