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DECEMBER 10, 2018

Shelter workers are taking industrial action over pay!

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Shelter workers begin a 72 hour strike tomorrow  following a ‘derisory’ pay offer of a one per cent pay increase plus a non-consolidated (one off) one per cent payment. Unite members are seeking an increase of 3.5 per cent the retail ... Read more

DECEMBER 05, 2018

Housing workers get ready to strike following ‘derisory’ pay offer

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay, Sector News

Over 400 members of Unite employed by the housing and homeless charity Shelter, will take three days of strike action beginning on Tuesday 11 December in a dispute over pay. The 72 hour strike follows a ‘derisory’ pay offer of a ... Read more

NOVEMBER 28, 2018

Management at Peter Bedford realise the error of their ways!

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay, Sector News

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 ... Read more

OCTOBER 22, 2018

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

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay

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 ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Theresa May: no solution to housing crisis

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Housing association chiefs gave Theresa May a standing ovation for her speech to the National Housing Federation on Wednesday.  There can’t be many audiences in the UK where she could expect that.  Not many tenants feel they have anything to stand ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 06, 2018

UNITE HOUSING SECTOR PAY CONFERENCE

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

While Chief Executives receive year on year inflation busting average pay increases housing sector staff are expected to work harder for less pay and reduced pension provision. Despite the gross value of housing association properties now approaching £1.5 billion and the sector ... Read more

AUGUST 17, 2018

Housing Green Paper 'pitiful'

IN: Campaigning, Housing

No new money Faced with public outrage following the deaths at Grenfell tower, a deep housing crisis with unaffordable homes and rising numbers sleeping rough the government promised a “fundamental rethink of social housing in this country”.  But neither Tuesdays Green Paper on ... Read more

APRIL 26, 2018

Housing workers prepare for strike action

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Unite members employed at Helena Partnerships Limited, Golden Gates Housing Trust and Torus 62 Limited, who undertake housing maintenance on social housing in Warrington and St Helens, are preparing to ballot for industrial action after their parent company (Torus Group) ... Read more

MARCH 27, 2018

Social cleansing of city centres

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Sector News

Members of the Unite LE Housing Branch 1111 stood alongside tenants yesterday opposed to ‘the social cleansing of city centres’ by the same housing associations that are derecognising unions and cutting staff and who are also alienating residents and anyone ... Read more

MARCH 16, 2018

Rough sleeping uncovered?

IN: Housing, Sector News

In a TV programme screened last night, Conservative MP Adam Holloway spent a week sleeping rough in London.  His written report on The Daily Telegraph website gives some insights into what it is like sleeping rough but avoids the causes ... Read more

JANUARY 22, 2018

4.5% pay boost at Peter Bedford Housing Association

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay, Sector News

Unite members at the small north east London supported housing organisation Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) have agreed a pay deal which conjoins them to the nationally agreed local government scales. The result of this is that in future, members ... Read more

DECEMBER 21, 2017

Homelessness is a crisis!

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Equalities, Housing, Legal Aid and Advice

This week, newspapers reported a homeless man's dead body being found outside a restaurant in central Birmingham in freezing temperatures after passers-by thought he was asleep. The 38-year-old homeless man was called Paul Williams and this was not the first ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

The housing crisis - keenly debated at TUC Congress

IN: Housing, Sector News

Protecting workers' jobs and rights in Brexit Britain and an economy built on decent jobs with an active industrial strategy at its heart were among the key issues for Britain's largest union, Unite, at this year's TUC Congress in Brighton. With ... Read more

JUNE 28, 2017

Grenfell Towers - Unite appeal

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Legal Aid and Advice, Sector News

The full horror of the fire at the Grenfell Tower is yet to unfold but we do know that there has been many fatalities, serious injuries and hundreds of people have been left destitute and in despair. There are very many ... Read more

MAY 18, 2017

Thirteen Group concede and agreement is reached

IN: Campaigning, Housing, Pay, Sector News

In the period leading up to Christmas 2015 Vela and Fabrick Housing groups were in the process of merging to become Thirteen Group and negotiations were taking place regarding group wide terms and conditions plus an annual pay rise. Included ... Read more

MAY 10, 2017

Low paid workers offered counselling

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Pay

Mental health issues affect around two thirds of the population, with many suffering in silence. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is ‘surviving to thriving'. This gives us the chance to highlight how issues around ... Read more

MARCH 10, 2017

Housing workers welcome Clarion climb down on sick pay

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Clarion had proposed to deny full sick pay for the first three days of any illness under new contracts at the giant housing group. Housing workers were celebrating today after it was learnt that Clarion had backtracked over its decision to ... Read more

MARCH 09, 2017

Rough sleeper immigration raids and homelessness charities

IN: Housing, Sector News, Stories, Terms and Conditions

Homelessness agencies accused of being complicit in coercive deportations This blog was written by Paul Kershaw, Chair of the Unite Housing Branch LE1111 and was first published on the branch website on 8/3/17. Homelessness agencies including St Mungos are identified as complicit ... Read more

MARCH 07, 2017

4% for all Unite housing workers - pay up 2017

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite's housing workers demand a minimum 4% pay rise for 2017 Unite Housing Workers demand a minimum 4% pay rise in 2017 and this is why! The cost of living is rising! Inflation is expected to be over 3% from April 2017 Housing ... Read more

JANUARY 20, 2017

Youth Workers Breakthrough on Work Life Balance and Flexible Working

IN: Health and Safety, Housing, Sector News, Terms and Conditions, Young People

Youth and Community workers have reached a significant agreement with Local Government employers group the LGA (Local Government Association) on flexible working and work life balance arrangements which could affect thousands of people working with Children and Young people in ... Read more

DECEMBER 15, 2016

Housing Workers fightback against a continued attack to working rights and conditions

IN: Campaigning, Cuts, Housing, Terms and Conditions

Wishaw housing dispute - Strike fund launched and board member resigns following criticism of the handling by Chief Executive of the long running dispute. Eddie Mullen, the former vice-chair of Wishaw & District Housing Association has resigned, criticising the way its ... Read more

DECEMBER 13, 2016

Clarion threatens to withdraw from union recognition

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

New housing association Clarion, created through a merger of Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing, has angered union members by threatening to withdraw union recognition from a section of our members. Unite members took part in a lobby of Clarion’s launch event, ... Read more

NOVEMBER 24, 2016

Please support the call to stop the salary slashing of supported living workers

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Pay, Sector News

Supported Living (SSL) Workers at Sanctuary staff have received letters from their employer threatening a possible dismissal and re-engagement if they do not agree to huge pay cuts, even though the project makes an annual surplus. The SSL project contributes ... Read more

SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

We are all Daniel Blake!

IN: Economics, Equalities, Fighting Back, Homelessness, Housing, Pay

Exactly half a century after the iconic television play Cathy Come Home sparked a national conversation about homelessness, another Ken Loach production will be released in cinemas nationally on October 21, is getting people talking – this time about our ... Read more

MAY 13, 2016

Pay up for HCA!

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Unite members working at the HCA will be on strike on Thursday 19th May! Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) are taking industrial action after rejecting a pay offer from the agency this week. In February, the HCA offered to ... Read more

APRIL 21, 2016

Industrial Action at Catalyst Housing

IN: Campaigning, Fighting Back, Housing, Sector News

Plan to halve the number of neighbourhood managers Catalyst Housing plan to halve the number of Neighbourhood Managers it employs.  Unite members at Catalyst say this will result in a drastic decline in service.  Staff say that the workload of neighbourhood ... Read more

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