GMB members angry at plans to dismiss maintenance workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB, Housing

Aspire HousingGMB members employed by Aspire Housing are balloting for strike action over plans to dismiss maintenance workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions.

Aspire Housing manages around 8,500 properties mainly in Newcastle-under-Lyme, but also in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and South Cheshire. It also manages around 500 properties for Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society.

GMB organiser Colin Griffiths said: “Aspire Housing is hell bent on attacking workers’ terms and conditions; some employees are losing over £5,000 per year, cutting sick pay, removing paid allowances, and on top of that asking employees to work extra hours.

“Aspire Housing talk about consulting with trade unions – as far as the GMB is concerned, this process has been smoke screens and mirrors and nothing to do with improvements to the service but all about saving money on wages and pensions.

“In fact on Aspire’s own web site, maintenance targets are being met and in some cases exceeding targets. This is simply an attack on workers terms and conditions orchestrated by the managing director and the chief executive of Aspire, whose pay packets just seem to increase on a whim.

“GMB is urging local councillors, MP’s and the general public to support Aspire’s maintenance workers fight for social justice.”

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Tim Lezard

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