Unite members at housing charity St Mungo’s Broadway have unanimously voted to take seven days of strike action starting at 08.00 on Friday 17 October in a dispute over cuts to pay for new starters and changes to policies and procedures governing working conditions for all staff.
The workers, members of the UK’s largest union, Unite, are furious at changes imposed by the new management team imported from Broadway, the junior partner in the recent merger.
Unite’s members have clearly stated that they will not stand for these profoundly detrimental changes that downgrade salaries for new starters and existing staff in restructures. Further impositions include the removal of pay negotiations from collective bargaining; procedural changes which compromise employees’ ability to defend themselves in disciplinaries and grievances and make it easier for management to force through redundancies, re-grade roles to de-skilled lower paid versions, and side-line the union entirely.
Unite regional officer Nicky Marcus said:
“The sheer arrogance of Howard Sinclair, the new CEO, is simply intolerable to our members. Our members have given us a clear mandate that they will not stand for these significantly detrimental changes.
"Burying their heads in the sand, stating that they don’t accept that we are in dispute, is simply not good enough. This will be demonstrated on Friday when almost 600 staff walk out for a week.
“Our members feel so strongly that have voted to strike for a full seven days; losing a whole weeks pay because they insist that the changes imposed by this management are wrong; wrong for the staff, wrong for the organisation and wrong for the future of the vulnerable people in their care.
“It is not easy for workers to take strike action. No one takes that decision lightly, least of all those who spend their careers looking after the most vulnerable people in our society. But Howard Sinclair, who recently told the press that he keeps a wolf mask hanging in his office for use at union meetings is about to find out that Unite is no Little Red Riding Hood.”
For further information contact Nicky Marcus on 07980 721425 or Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite Press Office on 020 3371 2061 or 07980 224761.
Twitter: @unitetheunion Facebook: unitetheunion1
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.