Unite victory saves Hackney healthcare workers from pa...

Unite victory saves Hackney healthcare workers from pay cuts and redundancies, as strike is called off

11 July 2014

News update:

Following Friday’s press release on Unite’s victory for healthcare workers in Hackney, Paul Kershaw, Chair of the Unite Housing Workers Branch, had this to say:

“Look Ahead members are organised by the Unite Housing Workers Branch which has actively opposed the race to the bottom in social care and housing, fully embracing the fight-back approach in several organisations, and securing victories across the sector.”

For further information Paul Kershaw can be contacted by email on or by telephone 07980 448641.

Unite press release

Following successful negotiations between Unite, the country’s largest union, and East London-based healthcare charity Look Ahead, the seven day strike action planned for this week has been called off.

The negotiations mean that the mental health workers, members of Unite, no longer face the proposed 14 per cent cuts to their pay.

There will also be no compulsory redundancies made, while volunteers for redundancy will have their contractual terms enhanced by 50 per cent.

Look Ahead has agreed to recognise Unite within Hackney and, following these successes, Unite will be pursuing recognition throughout the entirety of Look Ahead.

The seven day strike was planned in response to Look Ahead’s proposed additional pay cuts to its workforce, despite having already slashed pay by 15 per cent over the last two years.

Unite regional officer Peter Storey, said: “Our members at Hackney have been put in a corner. Working for low wages, in an expensive city, and following a 15 per cent pay cut in the last two years, Look Ahead believed our members would meekly accept another huge cut that would have left them in poverty.

“But our members looked them straight in the eye with a 100 per cent vote for strike action. They are a courageous example to others of the power of unity against an out of control employer.”


For further information please contact Unite communications officer, Rae Passfield on 020 3371 2051 and/or Unite regional officer, Peter Storey on 020 3371 2046.

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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.