Workers at Leeds facilities company ballot for industr...

Workers at Leeds facilities company ballot for industrial action in pay and pensions dispute

27 June 2013

Members of Unite, the country’s largest union, at a Leeds facilities company will be voting on industrial action in a dispute over loss of earnings, which could amount to more than 40 per cent.

Workers at Morrison Facilities Services Ltd, who maintain social housing in Leeds, will start voting on Monday 1 July for strike action or industrial action short of a strike. The ballot closes on Monday 15 July.

Unite, Ucatt and the GMB represent about 300 employees at the company. The other two unions are also balloting for industrial action.  

The dispute centres on three issues:

• Loss of pay, and changes to terms and conditions
• Significant adverse impact on the value of pensions
• The failure to consult on the full extent of the jobs at risk and redundancy proposals

Unite regional officer Mark Fieldhouse said: “We urge the company to get around the table to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement for all staff as soon as possible.

“The workers’ earnings are divided into basic pay and performance related pay. Management wants to drastically cut back on the performance pay element which could mean total earnings slashed by more than 40 per cent.

“This is clearly unacceptable to our hardworking members who maintain the social housing stock in Leeds.

“The company also wants to stop making employer pension contributions on the performance pay element – and just make them on the basic pay. Again, ruthlessly attacking our members’ retirement income is unacceptable.”

For further information please contact Mark Fieldhouse on 07817 103 893 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.