Unite members protesting about cuts to St Mungo’s. Image courtesy of @UniteHousing by Tim Lezard A rally called by the St Mungo’s Broadway Solidarity Campaign is today being staged outside the company’s HQ in London. About 650 Unite members have been o …

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Unite members protesting about cuts to St Mungo's. Image courtesy of @UniteHousing

Unite members protesting about cuts to St Mungo’s. Image courtesy of @UniteHousing

by Tim Lezard

A rally called by the St Mungo’s Broadway Solidarity Campaign is today being staged outside the company’s HQ in London.

About 650 Unite members have been on a week-long strike since last Friday and the rally is designed to get the management around the negotiating table to thrash out a fair and equable settlement under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas.

Unite regional officer Nicky Marcus said: “The strike has been extremely well supported –new members are joining every day. Services to the homeless have been hit which goes against the whole ethos of our members’ working lives.

“But they have been faced with an extremely controlling management that wants to force down our members’ relatively modest wages and employment conditions, while bosses give themselves huge pay hikes.

“Without a hint of self-awareness Howard Sinclair explained the £5,000-a-year pay rises for HR advisors by saying ‘you have to pay for quality’. What a pity he doesn’t apply the same principle to his frontline workers who work with the most vulnerable people in society.

“What is most galling is that the management have given no financial reasons or figures to support this onslaught on our members’ pay and conditions. We had more than 11 hours of talks with Acas last week which proved fruitless in reaching a settlement.

“Unite is prepared to talk at any time, any place to resolve this dispute. However, our members are prepared to take further industrial action to show that they are not going to allow quality services to the homeless to be eroded by a blinkered management.”

* The rally will take place next to the charity’s head office at Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Road, London W6 8BS from 10.30am.

 


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