No Salary Slashing at Sanctuary!
JANUARY 21, 2019
Unite members demonstrated outside Sanctuary Group's headquarters in Worcester yesterday in protest over proposed cuts to pay conditions.
Members of the Unite union highlighted to members of the public the difference between CEO David Bennett’s £320,000 salary and the £8,000 pay cut that it claims many frontline workers will be getting.
Unite blame the pay cut on the introduction of the UK government’s National Living Wage claiming that in order to bring lower paid employees pay up in line with the new limit, those on higher wages will need to take a pay cut.
Housing and care provider Sanctuary has more than 11,000 employees across the country with the majority of staff affected by the cuts working in the supported living sector of Sanctuary providing support to elderly people in care homes and sheltered housing, people with mental health problems, young and disabled people.
Their work covers assisting people in their homes and providing support to complete forms such as benefit claims forms. Government cuts to social care means that this line of work is now even more intense.
Unite members are urging members of Worcester’s public to sign a petition against the cuts and to send a letter or email of protest to the CEO.
Unite regional officer Adam Lambert said: “It is despicable that a so called social landlord can treat its workforce, who support some of the most vulnerable people in society, in such a shameful way.
Sanctuary is one of the richest organisations within the housing sector with huge surpluses and a CEO that pays himself a massive salary.
There are other concerns over the employment practices with Unite members reporting a bullying management culture, impossible workloads, long hours and stressful working conditions.
Unite is urging Sanctuary to think again. Their threat is set to disrupt the delivery of a service that many vulnerable people rely on, and its implementation is likely to cause considerable reputational damage to the organisation. We have called on the Executive to reconsider, and to meet with Unite the Union to discuss union representation for any Sanctuary workers who wish it.
Please support Sanctuary workers by sending a letter of protest via Change.org and show your support through social media using the hashtags #Sanctuary #Unite #UKHousing