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

Twenty five Unite members were due to strike at the housing association, which provides care and assistance to 400 vulnerable adults in supported living accommodation, from Monday 3 December until Friday 7 December after management reneged on an agreement to honour future local government incremental pay increases.

Management’s failure to honour the increases resulted in Unite members overwhelmingly voting for strike action.

Management capitulated

However 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.

United in Solidarity

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 have 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.”

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Notes to editors

Hackney housing association facing week of strikes over broken pay promises

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.