Turning Point, the charity dedicated to helping those with emotional and employment problems, is set to sack its 2,600 staff and re-employ them on lower pay.
Unite, the country’s largest union which has more than 500 members at the charity, said that talks had broken down and management has now threatened to sack its workforce and offer re-engagement on ‘shabby’ new contracts.
Unite said that industrial action is one of the options being considered, as some of its members could be out of pocket to the tune of £10,000-a-year.
Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: "This is something Turning Point does not need to do. Its own audited accounts prove beyond any doubt that Turning Point is not an organisation in crisis - it is expanding.
“This is perverse decision. A charity robbing its staff to prop up profits and boost expansion."
Turning Point will now give notice to dismiss all staff and offer them new contracts to sign which are significantly worse including:
• cut to all overtime pay
• cut in ‘sleep ins’, ‘on calls’ and other out of office payments
• stripping all staff of any enhanced redundancy payments
• cut in all unsociable hours payments meaning care staff will now be paid basic whether they work nights or days
• refusing to pay any future pay awards agreed by the NJC or Agenda for Change increments.
Jamie Major said: “Any individual that does not agree to these bully boy tactics will be out of a job.
“We have offered to agree to major concessions to cuts in overtime, ‘sleep ins’, ‘on call’, pay rises and the Agenda for Change pay increments but this was not enough. It seems corporate greed is not exclusive to the bankers.
“We now have our own corporate renegade right here in the charity sector and we will treat Turning Point accordingly by standing shoulder- to-shoulder with staff and fighting this with every tool at our disposal - nothing is ruled out."
The 2,600 staff affected work in hundreds of community projects and services in England and Wales. All staff will be hit, depending on their individual contracts.
Turning Point was created to help people find a new direction in life by helping those with substance misuse, mental health issues, a learning disability, or employment difficulties by providing tailored personalised care.
For further information, please contact Jamie Major on 07879 692021 and/or 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.