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HCA members in budget day strike as Unite stands in so...

HCA members in budget day strike as Unite stands in solidarity with PCS

19 March 2013

Construction marchUnite members at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will be striking tomorrow (Wednesday 20 March) over “an insulting pay offer."

More than 100 Unite members will be showing solidarity with members of the civil service union, PCS which is taking strike action over the government’s unremitting attack on the pay and pensions of public sector workers.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Our members at HCA are showing solidarity with their HCA colleagues in PCS against the savage attack by the coalition on public services and those dedicated staff that deliver them.

“The anger is growing at the negative dead end economic and social policies of this right-wing government - from the easy ride that the City elite receives from George Osborne to the gross unfairness of the hated bedroom tax which will hit 650,000 people.

“We will continue support and campaign for our members in the public sector against the attacks on their living standards and the services they deliver on a daily basis to the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

“Unite stands in solidarity with the tens of thousands of PCS members taking action tomorrow to defend jobs, pay and services.”

Unite national officer for the not for profit sector Sally Kosky said: “Some HCA staff will receive no pay rise at all, despite a 13 per cent average rise in the cost of living since 2008 and two years of pay freezes.

“The HCA acting CEO Richard Hill has handled this in a bizarre and insensitive fashion – he has treated our members as if they were invisible and did not have household bills to pay and families to support.”

Unite will have picket lines at the HCA’s Maple House office on Tottenham Court Road,  central London between 07.00 and 12:00 and at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. The pay strike is being co-ordinated with the PCS union, which is also one of the HCA recognised trade unions.

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For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.