by Tim Lezard Solidarity among workers was key to the success of Unite’s victory in the St Mungo’s housing dispute, according to the union officer running the campaign. As USi News UK reported yesterday, the housing workers won significant concessions …

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by Tim Lezard

Solidarity among workers was key to the success of Unite’s victory in the St Mungo’s housing dispute, according to the union officer running the campaign.

As USi News UK reported yesterday, the housing workers won significant concessions from bosses who wanted to introduce a two-tier workforce, changing pay, terms and conditions for frontline workers.

Unite members took seven day’s strike action, leading to 19 picket lines and dozens of protests at the town halls of councils responsible for commissioning St Mungo’s services.  An early day motion in the House of Commons and donors threatening to withdraw funding further intensified the political pressure on the charity.

After talks with ACAS on Tuesday, shop stewards say managers agreed to “99.9%” of the union’s demands – a victory that regional officer Nicky Marcus believes would not have been possible without the workers standing strongly together.

She said: “This is a significant victory not just for staff, but for the service users our members work so tirelessly to help. It is a testament to what can be achieved when workers stand shoulder to shoulder and say enough is enough.

“Going forward we will be working with the management of St Mungo’s Broadway to ensure that the charity honours its commitments and that the workforce is treated with the respect it deserves.”


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