Peabody housing managers balloted for strike action over erosion of employment conditions
- Monday 4 November 2019
A major erosion in the working conditions of neighbourhood managers at five Peabody Trust housing association sites in London has led to a ballot for strike action, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Monday 4 November).
Unite represents 26 of 55 of the neighbourhood managers who deal with anything from a stabbing to looking for a missing fob, as well as all estate-based matters that are not picked up by the caretakers/repairs team.
The ballot for strike action at the Peabody Trust, whose origins date back to 1862, opens on Wednesday (6 November) and closes on Wednesday 27 November.
Unite said that its members’ complaints included new contracts requiring evening and weekend work anywhere in the UK; carrying out training outside working hours without additional pay or time off in lieu; and allocating cases of serious anti-social behaviour cases without adequate training and risk assessments.
Unite regional officer Tabusam Ahmed said: “The neighbourhood managers do vital work in ensuring the smooth-running of the Peabody Trust 24/7 – they deal with all that comes their way from stabbings to a lost fob.
“What the management has now imposed on our members is a major erosion in their employment conditions, without serious consultation with Unite.
“We regard the management’s stance as high handed and this has now resulted in a strike ballot by Unite’s 26 managers.
“The bosses wanted the number of neighbourhood managers to be cut from 80 to 65 – but 35 have already left the department because of the restructuring process which is central to the issues we are balloting on.
“Once again, we urge the management to come to the table for constructive talks.”
Five sites are at Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7JB, Walworth Road SE17 1JL, Dalton Road E8 1FA, Joyce Dawson Way SE28 8RA, and 9 Arcola Street E8 2DJ.
It is the second time in a year Unite has balloted Peabody staff. Last December, Unite won a significant victory when 26 customer service staff working for the trust in central London gained improved terms in transferring to Pitsea, Essex – after the first vote to strike in the organisation’s 150 year old history.
Notes to editors:
Its website says: “The Peabody Group owns and manages more than 66,000 homes across London and the South East. We also have 8,000 care and support customers.”
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.