Housing charity workers serve up a poisonous brew to c...

Housing charity workers serve up a poisonous brew to callous CEO

27 October 2016

WHEN: Friday 28 October, 09.00
WHERE: Chamber Court, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3ZQ

Tomorrow (Friday 28 October) housing charity workers will be serving up a poisonous brew outside Sanctuary Housing Group’s headquarters in Worcester in protest at imposed pay cuts to staff.

Unite members dressed as witches will be giving members of the public a trick or treat to highlight the vast difference between CEO David Bennett’s £320,000 salary and the £8,000 pay cut that many frontline workers will be getting.

Sanctuary Housing Group, one of the UK's leading providers of housing care with more than 11,000 employees across the country, has blamed the pay cut frontline workers will receive on the introduction of the government’s National Living Wage claiming that in order to bring lower paid employees pay up in line with the new limit, those on higher wages will need to take a pay cut.

Unite has condemned this move as the charity made a record breaking surplus of £52.7 million in the last year alone and the CEO can afford to pay himself a whopping six figure salary.

The majority of staff affected by the cuts work in the supported living sector of Sanctuary providing support to elderly people in care homes and sheltered housing, people with mental health problems, young and disabled people.

Their work covers assisting people in their homes and providing support to complete forms such as benefit claims forms. Government cuts to social care means that this line of work is now even more intense.

Unite members will be urging members of Worcester’s public to sign a petition against the imposed cuts, which will be imposed from 1 November this year, and to send a letter or email of protest to the CEO.

Unite regional officer Adam Lambert said: “It is despicable that a so called social landlord can treat its workforce, who support some of the most vulnerable people in society, in such a shameful way.

“This is one of the richest organisations within the housing sector with huge surpluses and a CEO paying himself a massive salary. If anyone should be taking a pay cut to fund the National Living Wage it should be the CEO.

“This is about showing David Bennett and every other housing association that Unite will act hard against attacks on members' pay.

“Our members have reported a bullying management culture, impossible workloads, long hours and stressful working conditions – they do not deserve to be rewarded with a massive pay cut.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite rep Suz Muna on 07968 852255 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065

  • 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.