by Tim Lezard Six hundred Unite members working at housing charity St Mungo’s Broadway are this morning beginning seven days of strike action. They are angry over cuts to pay for new starters and changes to policies and procedures governing working con …

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St Mungo's Broadwayby Tim Lezard

Six hundred Unite members working at housing charity St Mungo’s Broadway are this morning beginning seven days of strike action.

They are angry over cuts to pay for new starters and changes to policies and procedures governing working conditions for all staff, including the removal of pay negotiations from collective bargaining.

Unite regional officer Nicky Marcus said: “The sheer arrogance of Howard Sinclair, the new CEO, is simply intolerable to our members. Our members have given us a clear mandate that they will not stand for these significantly detrimental changes.

“Burying their heads in the sand, stating that they don’t accept that we are in dispute, is simply not good enough.

“Our members feel so strongly that have voted to strike for a full seven days; losing a whole week’s pay because they insist that the changes imposed by this management are wrong; wrong for the staff, wrong for the organisation and wrong for the future of the vulnerable people in their care.

“It is not easy for workers to take strike action. No one takes that decision lightly, least of all those who spend their careers looking after the most vulnerable people in our society. But Howard Sinclair, who recently told the press that he keeps a wolf mask hanging in his office for use at union meetings, is about to find out that Unite is no Little Red Riding Hood.”


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