Action for Children staff vote overwhelmingly for industrial action!
JANUARY 21, 2020
Senior executives at Action for Children are being urged to go to ACAS to resolve a long-running pay dispute as members overwhelmingly vote for strike action.
71% of Unite members taking part in the ballot voted yes to strike action, while a massive 88% gave their backing to action short of strike.
The strong vote in favour displays a depth of anger which cannot continue to be ignored and the union is calling on management to enter talks at ACAS to avoid any disruption to essential services that would be the result of industrial action.
Senior executives at Action for Children have now imposed a 1% award for 2015/16 as part of a deeply divisive pay offer which sees 40 per cent of the workforce excluded from this cost of living award.
Additionally, contractual pay increments have been removed for new starters and mileage rates have been cut.
Today’s strike vote comes as Unite and Unison begin contacting the charity’s celebrity supporters - including Jenny Agutter, Sir Trevor McDonald and Angela Rippon – and the Board of Trustees, to seek their support in the pay dispute that has so far lasted over a year.
The dedicated workers at the charity have seen their wages virtually frozen for the last five years, while the number of senior managers earning over £70,000 has risen.
Staff helping vulnerable families up and down the country have grown increasingly frustrated with management’s high handed approach. It does nothing for morale and nothing to recognise the invaluable contribution they make day in day out.
Management must recognise the strength of feeling among the workforce and drop its refusal to ACAS talks, so that we can hammer out a pay deal that properly rewards the hard work of its loyal workforce.