Strikes off as Shelter workers secure new pay deal!
JANUARY 21, 2019
Huge congratulations to housing sector members employed by housing charity Shelter, who are celebrating victory after agreeing a vastly improved pay offer. The decision to accept the new deal means that the scheduled strike due to begin tomorrow (11 December) has been called off.
Shop stewards held extended negotiations with Shelter’s management last Friday (7 December) in a last ditch attempt to avert the strike action.
As a result of the talks our members were offered an improved overall offer of four per cent structured as:
• 2.25% consolidated pay, backdated to April 2018 plus
• 1.75% non-consolidated pay, to be paid in February 2019, paid at a flat rate to the value of approximately £500 for each member of staff.
Unite’s members overwhelmingly accepted the new pay offer which was a substantial improvement on the one per cent increase and an additional one per cent one off payment that staff had previously been offered.
Since Unite began the industrial action dispute there has been a surge of union membership at Shelter with over 100 new members joining the union.
Unite regional officer Peter Storey said: “This is an excellent result that has been achieved by the tremendous solidarity and determination of our members.
“Thankfully Shelter’s management came to their senses and made a realistic offer.
“The recent surge in membership demonstrated just how concerned workers were about low pay at Shelter.
“Hopefully the improved pay offer will result in improved industrial relations at Shelter and we can build on this pay increase to end the low pay culture currently experienced by the charity’s staff.”
Unite shop stewards would like to thank everyone for the messages of support and solidarity. It really helped!
More information about the dispute can be found in the press release - https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2018/november/shelter-workers-to-strike-next-month-following-derisory-pay-offer/