GMB members at Aspire Housing stand to lose £5k a year if they sign new deal

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, GMB, Housing

Aspire HousingGMB members employed by Aspire Housing in Stoke are today on strike 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: “GMB members are taking action over Aspire Housing attacks on terms and conditions.

“Some workers are losing over £5,000 per year, face cuts to sick pay, removal of paid allowances, and on top of that some are being asked to work extra hours.

“Aspire Housing talk about consulting with trade unions – as far as the GMB are 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.

“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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