Social Housing

Greenwich council housing repair workers to strike for five days over new pay structure

 About 120 housing repair workers at Greenwich council are to strike for five days in disgust over the way they have been treated, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 22 October).
 
Unite said its members had voted by 95 per cent for strike action over a plan to introduce a new pay structure which will cut pay by 20 per cent and will now strike on 28 October and 1, 2, 3 and 4 November.

The strikes will be staged by carpenters, electricians and plumbers, based at the Birchmere depot, Eastern Way, London SE28 8BF.
 
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich council has a very poor employment relations’ culture.

“Our members are faced with proposals to introduce a new pay structure which will cut pay by 20 per cent and are disgusted by the way they have been treated by this local authority.

“The failure of the council’s bosses to address our members’ legitimate concerns has now resulted in five days of strike action.
 
“Unite has endeavoured over a long period to reach a fair settlement to this dispute, but, so far, we have been met with an intransigent management.

“That said, Unite’s door is open 24/7 for constructive talks before strike action starts next Monday (28 October).”
 
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065  
Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

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

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