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Management at Peter Bedford realise the error of their ways!

JANUARY 21, 2020

Hackney housing strike off as Unite celebrates victory in pay dispute

Planned strike action at Peter Bedford Housing Association, in Hackney, involving members of Unite has been called off after management agreed to honour the pay deal they had previously failed to implement.

The dispute was a result of the management of the housing association failing to implement a pay deal agreed last year. The deal had been brokered by Unite that the workforce would be paid in line with the National Joint Council (local government agreement) pay rates and that the housing association would also honour future local government pay increases.

Despite pay rates for workers in local government increasing by two per cent this April, the management at Peter Bedford failed to increase workers’ pay accordingly. This was despite the housing association recording a surplus last year. Up until the agreement made last year, the workforce had not received a pay increase for five years.

Unite members at Peter Bedford Housing Association voted 100% to strike on a 96% turnout and the 25 Unite members, who provide care and assistance to 400 vulnerable adults in supported living accommodation, were due to take strike action beginning on Monday 3 December and ending on Friday 7 December. 

Once the strike action was announced and publicised, the management at Peter Bedford realised the error of their ways and agreed to implement the pay increases which will be backdated to April.

Unite regional officer Adam Lambert said: “Unite members are delighted that the management at Peter Bedford have come to their senses and agreed to pay the increase that workers were promised.

“The fact that Unite members were entirely united in solidarity throughout this dispute was vital in forcing management’s hand.

“Hopefully now that Peter Bedford’s management has honoured this years’ pay increase there will be no future problems and we can enjoy harmonious industrial relations in the future.

“Unite will be using the successful formula we have used at Peter Bedford at other housing associations where there are ongoing industrial issues.”

Unite's Housing Workers Branch is a leading force in Unite's national campaign for Standards in Social Care and Housing, fighting the race to the bottom in housing and care services. For further information, contact the Branch Chair, Paul Kershaw 

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