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Housing Workers Conference - It's time to win our fair share!

FEBRUARY 14, 2020

The strength of the housing sector lies in the commitment, belief and motivation of its workforce.

As housing workers, we work in our job because we care. We support our organisation’s aims of social housing and support for the vulnerable, above and beyond the pay packet that we receive.

That belief and commitment should never be an excuse for employers to fail to award, at a minimum, a cost of living pay rise each year in line with inflation. It is precisely because of our belief and commitment to our work that we should have a fair share in the growth of the sector and a fair reward for our contribution to organisations.

We know that it is not always easy. Employers will use a range of arguments about affordability from funding cuts; Brexit; Government policy; local authority cuts; or market forces and benchmarking. We know that our members will be concerned about the pressures for their organisations to win contracts and that job security is very often at the top of our members’ lists of concerns.

When justified, Unite will work with organisations facing crisis and cuts to help deliver the best deal for our members and the services they provide.

But let us be absolutely clear, in many cases the housing association sector is booming. The sector has The sector continues to be financially healthy yet housing associations often plead poverty to its employees, who are expected to work harder for less pay and reduced pension provision.
Unite members are put under ever increasing performance pressures and are expected to be grateful that they have a job at all.

Unite is saying enough is enough! It's time to win our fair share!

Unite is holding a housing sector pay conference for its housing members to attend so that a common advance pay claim can be developed that will help to build its campaign for better pay for Unite members working across the housing sector.

WHEN: 26 October 2018 TIME: 1100 - 1600
VENUE: Unite the union, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn London WC1X 8TN

The agenda will cover :
1. Introductions and outline of the day
2. Current pay negotiations – all, brief update from attendees on their last settlements and/or current offers
3. Work Voice Pay training
4. Developing a campaign plan
• Pan-sector Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats
• Campaign plan and timelines
5. Round up of actions to take our pay campaign forward - FINISH

This conference is open to all Unite reps in the housing sector so please come along. It will be a great opportunity to meet with other Housing association reps and work together to build a campaign for a decent pay rise.

If you are interested in attending then more information can be found on the flyer available here.

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