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Sanctuary Housing Group, are planning to cut salaries of workers by up to one third despite hundreds of workers challenging the cuts in the consultation process. T
Butterfields tenants win
We will not move
Tenants on the Butterfields estate in Walthamstow, east London, have secured a victory against the housing crisis. They collectively said 'we will not move' and they will now b
Mental health services reeling from funding crisis
Psychologists’ survey highlights NHS mental health funding crisis
Mental health services are reeling from a funding crisis, low morale and increased workloads, says a survey of NHS applied psychologists released
Double blow for Bromley council over library sell-off plans
Bexley pull out
Bromley council has been dealt a double blow to its plans to sell-off the borough’s treasured libraries.
Bexley council has informed Bromley council that it will no
Labour conference opposes housing act
Councils should 'pause and review' housing act provisions
Labour Party conference passed a resolution opposing the housing act and calling on councils to “pause and review the Act's provisions”
Unite victory in Bromley
Bromley’s volunteer-run library threat is quelled
We have reported on struggles in Bromley and Unite branch secreatary Kath Smith has spoken at o
Housing crisis roadshow
Only Corbyn has put forth a realistic solution to the present shambles
A commitment to build one million homes in five years — half of them to be council homes — and control rents in the private rented
New figures: Housing bosses get inflation busting pay increases
Chief Executive pay up 4% on average while services and staff pay are cut
Overall pay for Housing Association bosses is up by 4% this year, once again an inflation busting increase according to Inside Housing’s p
Unite ‘dismayed’ at threat to 64 housing association jobs
Riverside job losses
The announcement today (Wednesday 3 August) of a possible 64 job losses at the Riverside housing association in Cumbria has been met with dismay by Unite, the country’s largest union. R
Register To Vote In The Labour Leadership Election!
Unite members can register before 8 August
If you register before noon on 8 August Unite members can vote. Unite is affiliated to the Labour Party you do not to pay any money to do this.
Don’t cut our Human Rights!
EHRC facing 25% budget cuts
Unite the Union and PCS have launched a joint campaign to highlight the huge budget cuts of 25% over the next four years facing the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which will res
Bromley Council workers strike against privatisation
Unite demonstration Saturday 23rd July
Libraries strike this week
Libraries across the borough of Bromley face another wave of strike action starting this S
Joining Unite and eligibility to vote in Labour leadership elect
Joining Unite the union – eligibility to vote in the 2016 Labour leadership election
Unite is a trade union representing working people in most sectors of the economy.
People seeking to join Unite
HCA Pay Dispute - Members Vote on Resolution
Unite members at the HCA are currently voting on whether to withdraw the threat of further strike action after a series of talks with management addressed a number of concerns that had led to strike action in May.
The campaign has involved joint action with th
Jeremy Corbyn raises housing in Miners Gala speech
Jeremy Corbyn speaking today in Durham “People tell me that Labour will be more appealing when it starts talking about these sorts of things and starts talking about something else.
Housing: the fight will go on - with Corbyn at our side
Housing fight will go on with Corbyn at our side
Britain faces dangerous times after the EU referendum campaign and Labour plotters trying to oust their leader, but amid it all there’s the
Next branch meeting Tuesday 19th July
Branch meeting one week later than usual - NB Changed venue
Our next branch meeting is on Tuesday 19th July – not the usual second Tuesday in the month. As usual all members are welcome, tr
House building by housing associations down
Just 16.6% completions are for social rent
Building by the big housing associations fell from 40000 to 31000 last year. Just 16.6% of them social rent according to new figures today for the top fifty developing a
Breaking news - Shadow housing minister resigns
Breaking news - John Healey resigns
Housing shadow minister John Healey has joined the resignations along with his team. Just at the time when it is vital to build a really vigorous campaign to stop the vicious n
Housing workers support Jeremy Corbyn
Mandate to fight austerity
Jeremy Corbyn attracted enormous support last summer when he stood for the Labour leadership and secured a clear mandate to fight austerity. The resignation of Cameron and the crisis in
Unite Launches 'Work, Voice, Pay' Guides
As part of Unite's industrial strategy, a range of Work, Voice, Pay guides have been produced to assist you, our shop stewards and representatives, in your critical work on behalf of our members.
Unite statement on Orlando massacre
Unite expresses its horror and revulsion at the massacre carried out at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week, and condemns this horrific act. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the bereaved, and with the many injured. We extend our hand in solidarity to our brothers and siste
The new housing act will help property developers and landlords make profits but it will do nothing for people who need affordable secure homes. Some housing associations are currently making deep cuts hitting jobs and services while piling up record surpluses; the act prepares the way for
Access to Justice: Exposing the Myths
Stacks the odds in favour of the employer
A new publication from the Institute of Employment Rights demolishes the saloon bar myths disseminated by neoliberal politicians, employers’ organisations, and the right-wing press on wor
Unite in Peabody reject 1.5% pay offer
No votes in favour of acceptance
A growing Unite membership in Peabody has decisively rejected a pay offer of 1.5% - with NO votes cast in favour of acceptance. In just over 10 days, a staf
HCA: Government housing staff strike for fair pay
Housing Associations: Friend or Foe?
Housing associations have moved far from their roots in Victorian philanthropy and ’60s radicalism, says GLYN ROBBINS
BRITISH housing policy is at a crossroads. Now the Housing Bill has limped through Parli
Pushed out for being pregnant #MothersWork
Pregnancy discrimination is shockingly rife
Two years ago at Sports Direct’s infamous warehouse in Derbyshire, where working conditions have been described as ‘Victorian’ a woman gave birth in a
Unite HCA Pay Strike - Solidarity Appeal Launched
Unite at the HCA has announced that it will be taking strike action on Thursday 19th May and has launched an appeal for solidarity.
The dispute has arisen because the Agency ignored the union pay claim submitted in June 2015 and refused to negotiate for eight month
PCS Vows to Join Unite Strike if No Speedy Resolution on Pay
As Unite members meet to discuss their plans for a strike following a successful strike ballot announced earlier this week, the PCS union which is also recognised by the HCA has threatened to escalate to an industrial action ballot if the Agency fails to negotiate within the next two weeks.<
Reach out recovery heath and safety dispute
3,000 emails in support of Birmingham health & safety rep over sacking by drug charity in ‘fire alarm’ row
The boss of a Birmingham drug and alcohol charity, which sacked health and safety rep Alison M
Housing Bill ping-pong
Hajera Blagg, Friday, May 6th, 2016 Unite Live
The government is struggling to push through its housing agenda as its Ho
HCA Unite members vote for strike action
Call for fairer allocation refused
Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency have voted in favour of strike action. Members are angry that once again their call for a fairer allocation of the pay settleme
Housing bill: the fight goes on
A generation has grown up in a world where houses are just assets for investment. We need to express a vision for housing’s future, argues GLYN ROBBINS
IN THE face of growing opposition, this week the Torie
Anonymous housing worker writes in The Guardian
Each 'investment opportunity' means a life of insecurity for the tenants I help
An anonymous housing worker writes in Guardian Housing network that each 'investment opportunity' means
Resolving Dispute 'Too Much Work for HR' - HCA Staff Told!
Members of Unite, Unison and the PCS protested outside the April HCA Board meeting hours after receiving a letter from the Interim Chief Executive, Mark Hodgkinson, telling them that their pay grievance could not be addressed as it would involve too much work for HR.
Reach Out Recovery: Reinstate Alison
Victimisation at Reach Out Recovery
Alison Morris, Team Leader with years of exemplary experience in the field of substance misuse treatment, was summarily dismissed from her job at Reach Out Recovery on 11th April 201
The Housing Bill has got to be killed
We must restore decent, affordable council housing to the mainstream, return housing associations to their social purpose, control rents and demand secure homes for all, says GLYN ROBBINS
This week my union, Unite, described the
The Guardian on Catalyst: Half the staff, but double the work
Catalyst housing association has a bigger net surplus than Greggs or Foxtons, so why are staff facing job losses and unmanageable workloads?
Industrial Action at Catalyst Housing
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.&n
Unite fighting tax scam in construction
Construction bosses in ‘tax scam’ warning amid calls for HMRC to investigate
Bosses at Crossrail and some of the UK’s biggest construction firms are being warned against engaging in a ‘scam&rsqu
HCA Strike Ballot Dates Confirmed
Unite has confirmed the dates of its ballot for industrial action at the Homes and Communities Agency. The official Notice of Intention to Ballot was sent to the employer on Monday 11th April and it will run until mid-day on the 2nd May. If the ballot is returned in favour of industrial acti
New mega merger: L&Q, Hyde and East Thames
Fourth biggest house builder
This morning L&Q, Hyde and East Thames housing associations announced merger plans that would create the biggest housing association in the UK, one of the biggest social landlords in Eu
Bromley ‘in dock’ over victimisation of Unite branch secretary
"...Unite said that these allegations have to be seen in the context that the council is fully committed to becoming a commissioning council and reducing the number of council employees from 4,000 to 300 – despite having £320 million in reserves...."
Unite at HCA Urges Talks as Strike Ballot Looms
Unite, the largest union at the HCA, has written to the Interim-Interim Chief Executive and Chair of the Board to urge last minutes talks to avert a strike ballot.
The membership of Unite at the HCA voted 90% to reject the current pay offer on a turnout
Butterfields Won't Budge!
"We Won't Budge" is the courageous slogan of a group of tenants who live in Walthamstow, east London and who aim to resist eviction from their homes, and the break up of their community.
The properties they live in were previously
New report: impact of rising rent & deposits
Construction unions disgusted by
Covers pay and conditions of around 500,000 construction workers
Unions representing workers employed under the largest collective agreement in the construction industry have described the employer’s paltry pay o
Who Tracks the Trackers?
Is monitoring and surveillance getting out of control at work? This question is beginning to concern an increasing number of our members. We are told that surveillance systems at work and in society are there to safeguard staff, clients, and the wider community, but they increasing
Jeremy Corbyn to join housing march Sunday 13th March
Thousands of people from across the country will march
Housing associations: record surpluses again this year
Largest associations record £3 billion surplus – up a quarter
England’s largest housing associations recorded a record £3 billion combined surplus today as revealed on the Homes and Community Ag
Construction training cut
Training cutbacks will hit construction industry plagued by skills’ shortages
Serious questions have been raised about the future of training in the construction industry, already plagued with skills’ short
HCA - Pay Up!
"Our pay rise is now eight months overdue ... and so are our members bills!"
Unite members at the The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) made their feelings clear during a "Pay Day Protest" on the 15th February. They are angry at the length of time
Day of Action against Sports Direct February 13th
Unite will demonstrate outside Sports Direct high street stores as part of a second national day of action on 13 February against Sports Direct’s shameful work practices. Why not join in?
On this day of action we demand that Sports Direct:
Islington campaign against housing bill launched
Over 100 people crammed into room 5 of Islington Town Hall and voted unanimously to form a borough-wide campaign to oppose the Housing and Planning Bill.
The meeting was organised by Islington Hands Off Our Public Services (IHOOPS
Unite Protest Over Pay at HCA
Unite members, acting jointly with the PCS and UNISON, are discussing what action they can take in protest at an eight month delay to their pay settlement at the The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The HCA, which is sponsored by the Department for Communi
Benefit caps for social housing delayed
Future remains uncertain
Plans to cap housing benefits for social housing tenants in line with private sector have been deferred for a year until a review is completed. The move means a partial reprieve for the s
Unite Stronger at Equinox!
Unite LE1111 branch representatives at social care provider Equinox have considerably strengthened their capacity. Two new representatives have stepped forward, membership is growing and through the union they have made important improvements to restructuring proposals.
"Climate of fear" in Gloucestershire sheltered housing scheme
‘Climate of fear’ for elderly over future of Gloucestershire sheltered housing, says Unite
Strike brings gains at big north east housing association
Union members at Thirteen Group accepted a management offer this week following a bitter industrial dispute involving strike action. Over time, Unit
New survey: CEOs get more inflation busting pay hikes
CEO pay up 3.2% in England
UK housing association chief executives took an inflation beating average increase to their pay of 3.1% in 2014/15 while the two highest-paid chief executives in the sector both saw pay increase
Trade Union Bill 'Worryingly Authoritarian'
Bob Kerslake, writing in the Guardian, has declared that the Trade Union Bill exposes this Government's 'worryingly authoritarian streak' - damning words indeed from Kerslake, who has held several high profile local and civil service positions and is cur
Housing association worker suffers life changing injury
A Manchester housing association has been hit with a £200,000 bill after a worker had to have a finger and thumb amputated after his hand was mangled by a mower.
Special Branch Meeting - Trade Union Momentum
We start this year with an exciting special meeting discussing ‘Trade Union Momentum’ – a group helping to develop Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity movement. John McI
Secure tenancies to be scraped
Nail in the coffin of social housing
Pay dispute at Thirteen Group
Pay dispute at north east’s biggest housing association group triggers industrial action
Repairs and maintenance to homes managed by Thirteen, the largest group of housing associations in the nor
Letter on increasing commercialisation of homeless agencies
Letter to Labour Campaign to End Homelessness
The campaign have a launch meeting at our union head office with an invited speaker from the executive of St Mungos Broadway. Unite members in the sector have asked o
Osborne eyes privatisation of stake in social housing
Osborne eyes privatisation of stake in social housing
...is the splash headline in today’s Financial Times. We have warned repeatedly of such a move. Unite housing workers will link with tenants and housin
Pay jobs and services under attack in Circle Housing
Circle CEO Mark Rogers
Circle Housing: redundancies, pay cuts and lower quality services
Stress awareness day
ACTION ON STRESS
In 2014/15 around 234,000 people reported that their stress, depression and anxiety was caused or made worse by their work. We need to take action!
It’s the 17th National Stress Awareness day on 4 November 2015 and Unite is aware that
Branch Solidarity With Turkish Peace Protestors
On the 10th October, a peaceful rally for democracy in Turkey was shattered by two suicide bombs. At the time of posting, 97 people had been reported dead
Unite condemns Tory attacks on the low paid & social housing
Unite has issued this press statement today:
David Cameron’s legacy will be ‘all too visible to low paid workers’, says Unite
Architects Protest Over Social Housing Destruction
A group of architects are set to protest over the destruction of social housing and its replacement by "multi-million-pound luxury apartments and penthouses for nom-domiciled tax exiles and forei
HCA Budget Cuts - Unite Prepares to Resist!
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has been asked by its sponsor department (Communities and Local Government, CLG) to model cuts of 25% and 40% of operating costs to meet the cuts announced as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2015. The CLG itself has already announced that a 'Vo
Housing Associations could implement right to buy 'voluntarily'
Housing Associations told to agree right to buy extension within six working days 'volunatrily'
Housing minister Greg Clarke has made housing associations an offer they cannot refuse: they have to ‘volunt
Trade Union bill threatens health & safety
Government threat to safety reps – get the message out there!
Cross posted from the TUC 'Stronger Unions' blog by Hugh Robertson
The TUC is running a major camp
Video: Branch joins #killthebill lobby with Suzanne speaking
A branch delegation to last weeks lobby of the TUC organised by the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) heard our branch secretary Suzanne speak from the pl
Inflation busting increases for housing Chief Executives
Inside Housing reveals housing boss’s pay
In the biggest hundred housing associations, chief executive total pay (includes basic pay, bonus and car allowance) 5.5% to £182,780. Bonuses for chiefs of the biggest 100 ho
Aspire Housing workers strike to defend pay and conditions
Aspire Housing workers are taking a further twenty four hours strike action on September 1st. Members of Unite, UCATT and the GMB are taking action to defend their pay and conditions. Management have refused to negotiate or take the issues to ACAS for conciliation.
Organiser Recruitment: Update for Members
A statement by Branch Committee member, Jon Hughes
I am writing with an update on the recruitment of the part-time Organiser. The role was proposed by the Branch Committee and overwhelmingly supported by
Bromley Unite refuse collectors to strike
'Stinking dustbins’ for Bromley residents, as refuse collectors set to strike
Bromley residents face the prospect of uncollected rubbish as about 100 refuse collection staff employed by waste disposal giant V
Guidance on Equality Law
Having dealt with nearly 50,000 calls on discrimination last year, Acas has launched three, free equality guides to help employers and managers get to grips with the law on equality.
Another association moving away from social housing
Aster joins Genesis and Hyde in considering pulling out of social housing
A large social housing association is considering transforming into a ‘mainstream house builder’ by following Genesis in ending deve
Jeremy Corbyn launches housing policy
Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for council house building
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn MP published his plans to address Britain's housing crisis yesterday and they look very similar to the policies that o
Genesis HA ceases social housing and OHG residents protest
This week one association withdrew from developing affordable or social housing and another was censured by residents and a local authority
Genesis Housing Association has announced it will stop building either &lsquo
Alarm bells ring over future of housing staff pensions
Unite has issued this statement today 30 July 2015
The increased contributions to the pension fund for social housing staff should not be used as an excuse for housing association bosses to provide inferior pension provision for employees.
Hands off our pensions - contribution increase announced
The Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) has written to employers this week informing that they will be required to pay just under £32 million in increased contributions from next April.
While housing association bosses have been increasing their pension pot
Housing Associations get media kicking
Housing Associations and their ‘bleating’ bosses are getting a media kicking today, with articles in the Times and the Spectator, and a feature on Channel Four tonight. Mostly the attacks are from enemies of social housing seeking a smokescreen for the fact that government
New evidence: shift work makes you sick
What can we do about shift work?
Evidence of the damaging health effects of shift work continues to mount; it is clear that many shift workers in our branch will have increased risk of contracting cancer and suffer other health problems as a result of t
Companies scrap 'performance management' What about HA's?
Companies scrapping performance management
Accenture, the multinational IT and business strategy company is reported in the Washington Post to be ending its ‘performance management’ system. From September this year they will join other
Bromley suspends Unite rep to silence anti privatisation fight
Bromley council accused of targeting union reps in bid to silence privatisation critics
Conservative-controlled Bromley council
Peabody Parent Sacks Board of Subsidiary CBHA!
The board of the giant Peabody Group last week sacked the resident board members of its subsidiary, CBHA; something that many consider a high-handed and unethical act at odds with the founding principles of the charitable Peabody Trust.
The resident board members formed
Second industrial action ballot at Look Ahead Care & Support
Hackney services balloted on pay
An earlier protest by Unite members in Look Ahead
Bromley eviction halted - case goes to court
Bromley eviction stopped: Battle of diabetic ‘facing £51,000 council tax bill’ now goes to court on 21 July
The case of a Bromley insulin dependent diabetic, who faces eviction after wrongly being charged a total of £51,000 for h
Unite opposes cruel eviction
Eviction threat to diabetic ‘facing £51,000 council tax bill is cruel’, says Unite
The attempted eviction of a Bromley insulin dependent diabetic, who looks after his severely disabled daughter and was wrongly charged a total of £
Look Ahead staff in Brent ballot for possible strike
Branch members working for Look Ahead Care and Support in Brent are being balloted for possible strike action – papers will be sent out on Monday 10th July.
The ballot follows management’s failure to consult with Unite over a proposed restructure following a
Bromley Unite fighting back
Bromley council staff stage fourth wave of strikes in run-up to Westminster budget day demo against council cuts and ‘race to the bottom’
Bromley council’s plans to carry out a mass privatisation of services are again being challenged
Our Branch is Now Recruiting!
The Unite LE1111 Housing Workers Branch needs a part-time, self-employed Organiser to help us make an even greater impact on behalf of our members in the housing sector and beyond. The Organiser will help members and reps to encourage more militant and self-sufficient union organisation within th
More in the Guardian on pay as branch leaflets Peabody
Visitors to the Peabody staff conference on Wednesday were greeted by red Unite flags as CBHA tenants and branch members handed out leaflets. One leaflet outlined tenant concerns while another outlined Unite members' frustration over pay. Staff echoed the pay concerns in the confer
The Guardian reveals low pay by housing associations
The Guardian reports today on low pay and inequality in housing associations
Lowest-paid staff in social housing sector receive below the living wage, at an average of £7.69 per hour, while Housing association chiefs earn up to 23 times more than rank and file sta
CBHA Tenants Protest at Peabody
CBHA Tenants are to protest at the Peabody staff conference on Wednesday and have appealed for all to support for their lobby. The details are:
Wednesday 24th June
Park Plaza Hotel
200 Westminster Bridge
Haldane Calls International Conference on Legal Rights for Women
With the requirement to pay a fee in order to lodge a claim at employment Tribunal, and the cuts to Legal Aid which formerly helped the poorest and most vulnerable in society seek justice through the court system, access to justice has been moved beyond the grasp of many, and women in p
End Austerity Now! Demo - Branch Meeting Point
Please join our branch block at 11.45 outside Monument station, but at the Monument itself rather than the tube entrance. We will move off at around 12 noon to join the march, and will have our orange and black banner, so should be very visible! Please join us.
Revealed: how stress takes it's toll on workers in the sector
The Guardian is featuring a new survey on the impact of stress on workers - it will be a talking point in the sector and Unite reps will seek to use these discussions as a basis for positive campaigns.
The survey finds "Long hours, a lack of breaks and a fraught wo
Keep volunteering voluntary!
The Keep Volunteering Voluntary Campaign was launched last year to highlight the value of volunteering, demonstrating that responsible voluntary organisations won't take part in workfare schemes. Unite LE1111 housing branch negotiators are seeking to ensure that employers maintin good p
Pay Survey on its way to you
Discontent about pay has been growing in the housing sector and members of the Unite housing branch LE1111 are being surveyed about pay - let is know what you get and what you think! .. and dont forget to return the survey to us. Click on 'Download' below to get a pdf of the survey.
Bromley: Third wave of strikes against privatisation
Strikes planned at Bromley council, as Tories ‘run amok’ over mass privatisation
Bromley council’s plans to carry out a mass privatisation of services are being challenged by members of Unite, with a third wave of strikes.
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers Endorses Our Manifesto!
The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers had formally endorsed our Manifesto for Housing after Suzanne Muna, the Branch Secretary, attended one of Haldane's committee meetings and outlined the work of our branch. Suzanne spoke on the lack of housing supply, the increase in homelessness, our d
Pay Victory at Centrepoint
Unite members at Centrepoint are celebrating a successful pay negotiation which will give members an above-inflation increase after they rejected the original offer from management. Centrepoint, despite publishing a very healthy surplus in their 2013/14 financial statement, offered just 1.5% to m
South Africa report - at our branch meeting
Unite links with workers struggles over the world. Recently, London Unite member Bronwen Handyside visited South Africa as part of a Unite delegation.
The terrible events of the Marikana maasacre and the increasingly pro big business policies of the ANC and unions
Offering Unite a Political Choice - Support Our Motion!
The Unite Housing Workers Branch wants to give Unite greater political choice. Currently Unite is affiliated to the Labour Party. As well as helping to fund Labour, this means that we are only allowed to support Labour Party candidates in council, general, or European elections. This sup
Epilepsy in the workplace - New guide for reps
Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide, to aid trade union workplace representatives in supporting members with epilepsy has bee published this week.
The guide was written for the TUC by Epilepsy Action and is based on the social model of disability, which means epilepsy
National Minimum Wage Campaign
The April branch meeting was proud to support the £10 Now! campaign for a £10 per hour National Minimum Wage. This campaign is being led by the bakers' union (BFAWU), but low wages are a big issue in our sector, despite the high surpluses amassed by housing associations. The
Bangladeshi Garment Workers Fight On
On the 7th April, Unite's community centre at Cable Street hosted a visit by a representative of the Bangladeshi Garment Workers Federation (BGWF), which is continuing to fight for the rights of garment workers after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory killed more than a thousand work
All Together Now: Hands Off CBHA!
The heavens opened, but tenants and staff weren't deterred. They had a message to deliver to Peabody management: Hands Off CBHA!
The tenants, staff, and supporters from the Unite Housing Workers Branch were protesting at a Peabody roadshow (complete with 'Digi-V
New TUC report on mental health in the workplace
The prevalence of mental health problems among Britain’s workers is being exacerbated by reductions in the funding of mental health services, the TUC has warned. It added that official statistics “confirm a clear link with conditions such as stress generated at work that lead to menta
All Change at CBHA?
Unite members at CBHA (formerly Community Based Housing Association) are about to be consulted over major changes that the parent association, Peabody, wishes to make to the way the organisation is run.
The staff at the small association which operates exclusively in Wa
Pension scheme deficit announced
We have warned of the possibility that employers in the housing sector will attempt to worsen our pension in a number of recent reports on this website. Inside Housing last week reported that the deficit on the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS) fund has been announced as £1.32 bill
Housing Associations Surplus - £2.4 billion this year
Housing Associations – another record suplus
The newly published global accounts of the sector for 2013/14 show an aggregate surplus of some £2.4bn. Surpluses have risen over the last three: £1.1bn, 1.8bn and £1.9bn according to the HCA (Ho
Family Mosaic Exposed!
On Tuesday 17th March 2000 people attended the Homes for Britain rally. Their message was simple:
'Our campaign brings together all those who believe everyone has a right to a decent affordable home to call their own.
Thursday is No Sanctions day
Unite holds day of action calling for end to ‘grotesque cruelty’ of benefit sanctions
On Thursday 19th March Unite will demonstrate outside the Department for Work and Pensions in London as part of a national day of action opposing benefit sanctions
Pensions: Freedom and Choice………………and Danger
Access to pensions after April 2015
From 6th April 2015 the tax rules governing how you can access DC (defined contribution) pension savings are changing to give much more flexibility.
While the flexibility to do what you
Unite Protest at Family Mosaic Staff Evictions
The First Steps Homes Show on the 14th March was described as "an opportunity to meet the experts and providers of low-cost home ownership schemes in one place". As visitors queued on a cold, grey morning amid heavy security, they were met by Unite Housing Workers Branch
Race to the bottom scandals in the news
Race to the bottom: MiHomecare exposed as paying less than the minimum wage and Your Care Barnet rated ‘inadequate’.
Care provider MiHomecare is in the news today as paying less than the minimum wage. Corporate Watch have obtained a revealing internal report
Police Spying : Public Inquiry Announced
Important news of a public inquirey into undercover policing.
Public inquirey into 'undercover policing' - "must be truly transparent, robust and independent." Should cover police role in blacklisting too.
Statement from COPS
Legal Aid Cuts a 'False Economy'
Legal aid cuts are a ‘false economy’ denying justice to 620,000 people
More than 620,000 people, 80% of whom are the most disadvantaged in society, have been denied access to justice because of the coalition’s so-called ‘reforms&
No Vote No Voice campaign
Unite has launched a campaign - #novotenovoice - to get one million people registered to vote in the Mat 7th election. A red bus is criss crossong the country to highlight the issue.
New registration arrangements are meaning people are dropping off registers; grou
In-Work Benefits Under Threat
Universal Credit has been a shambles logistically with no one knowing when different stages and aspects of implementation will happen; even when dates are announced for roll-out it has been partly a reputational exercise for Ian Duncan Smith and less to do with reality. As part of the Unite Commu
One Housing Group Member Meetings
A regular member meeting slot has now been set up for One Housing Group members for the first Tuesday of every month. This gives members the opportunity to talk to the branch committee about the many issues we have heard about, and to agree the collective response. Please come along to the next m
Family Mosaic - Members Unite for Better Working Condtions
Our members at Family Mosaic have alerted us to a number of workplace issues which need to be discussed so that we can decide how to collectively improve working conditions. If you are a Unite member at Family Mosaic, or are not a member but considering joining, please do come along to
Our manifesto for housing
We work in housing and homelessness organisations so we see the impact of the housing crisis in our working lives. We have to find places to live ourselves so we are also hit directly by the crisis ourselves. Click on the download button below to see the short ‘manifesto’
Unite joins week of action to save council housing
Save council housing from London's mayor
Unite, is backing a week of action across the capital designed to stop the further destruction of London's council housing stock.
With housing now the third most important issue for voters in London, yet housi
Britain needs a pay rise - so we need strong unions!
Strong trade unions not empty rhetoric the way to give Britain a pay rise, says McCluskey
Strong trade unions, not empty attempts to curry favour, is the way to giv
Social housing pension scheme - defend it!
There are plans to change the biggest pension scheme in our sector in ways which would reduce benefits to our members. It is important that Unite reps raise this issue with management and consult Unite members in any workplace with members of SHPS - the Social Houisng Pension Scheme.
New survey highlights housing staff discontent over pay
Nearly 60% of housing workers are dissatisfied with their pay according to a survey conducted by Inside Housing and Hays Social Housing – a consultancy used by many employers in the sector.
Only around 10% of employers said they had awarded better than cost of liv
Block the Budget: End the Housing Crisis
Mayor Boris Johnson is the most powerful politician in London when it comes to decisions about housing, with control over a £1.8bn budget for delivering new homes and hundreds of hectares of public land. His budget goes to the vote on 23 February and if passed, will mean more sky-high
Time to Stop the Oligarch Cranes
By London & Eastern Regional Committee Chair, Jim Kelly
On Saturday 31 January, on a cold wet windy winter day, another protest march against the madness of London’s housing market took place, building on the protests against the International Housing Fai
Services for Members - Personal Injury Claims
Unite recommends that you pursue any personal injury claim you may have through the Union's solicitors. This is the only way you will be guaranteed to keep 100% of your compensation
An injury or illness can have a devastating impact, many years after they occur.&nbs
Long hours damage health - new research
New research underlines the health risks of working long hours. An international study released last week has identified that those who work more than 48 hours a week are 11% more likely to drink alcohol at risk levels than those working a standard week – see VIEW
Action to stop sanctions against claimants
Unite will kick start a nationwide campaign on Wednesday 4 February against benefit sanctions which are pushing people into poverty and punishing debt.
The campaign, to stop benefit sanctions, will be launched on the same day that the House of Commons work and pensions committee qu
March for Homes - A Great Start to Fighting the Housing Crisis!
The Unite Housing Workers Branch was proud to play a part in organising the March for Homes which marched to City Hall demanding rent controls, more council housing, an end to the demolition of quality council homes, the provision of affordable and secure homes for all, c
Bromley: Stop attacks on Unite
Bromley council attacks Unite
Bromley: Stop attacking union members rights
Just as unions warn that Bromley Council is set to unveil plans for some of the biggest cuts in its history, the Tory Council has announced plans to immediately cease trade union 'f
Threat to decent pensions in housing
In recent years there has been a trend for pension benefits to be reduced in the social housing sector. As the Social Housing Pension Scheme (SHPS), the largest scheme in the sector prepares to announce its latest deficit, Inside Housing reports that this will increase the likelihood of emp
Charities Gagged Over Poverty in Britain
Campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) has highlighted a new report which shows that charities are being gagged by public sector funders who wish to prevent them from speaking out publicly against poverty and the effects of austerity cuts in Britain.
NHS workers deserve a pay rise
Unite members in the health service will be taking part in further strike action. Unite LE1111 housing workers branch secretary Suzanne Muna commented: “My full support goes out to NHS workers due to strike on the 29th of January. See the unite link and do all you can to support the a
Unite launches asbestos awareness campaign
The risk from asbestos is a serious concern for anyone working in housing and contruction. Unite is launching an asbestos awareness campaign to highlught the risks from this silent killer. There is an informative an informative online campaign pack to arm Unite reps and members.
Fighting and winning pay claims
Unite housing workers branch secretary Suzanne Muna has written an important article on fighting and winning pay claims drawing on our experience in the branch. She points out that many battles in the branch have been about management attempts to cut the pay of front line workers. Mea
Get ready for 'Work Your Proper Hours Day': Friday 27 February
Work Your Proper Hours Day (27 Feb 2015) is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves. We think that's a day worth celebrating.
Our survey of Unite housing branch members
Unite - fighting the housing crisis
Our union’s policies on housing look very different from any of the big parties. There is work to be done.
Unite decides policy through a democratic conference; branches like ours submit resolutions and elected delegates vote on them. The policies cover work
London backs bus strike
Research shows overwheming public support in London for the drivers case.
Our branch has sent its solidarity to fellow Unite members on London busses striking on Tuesday 13 January. They are fighting against low pay and for sector wide negotiation – both thi
Stop Housing Association Privatisation
“Housing associations will be set free to roam as private companies. There is no doubt in my mind about this.... This is a juicy steak one millimetre away from a slavering dog’s mouth. I am of course putting aside the morality. But money is talking. And the politicia
Branch Secretary in Unite EC Election Race!
Following the resignation of Lizanne Malone, there is a vacancy on the Executive Council for the London & Eastern territorial seat. Our Branch Secretary, Suzanne Muna, has agreed to seek nominations to become a candidate.
Support Striking Bus Workers!
Unite has announced that up to 27,000 bus workers will be taking part in a London wide bus strike on Tuesday 13 January. The 24 hour stoppage follows the continued refusal by London’s 18 bus operators to enter into talks about a single London wide agreement covering bus workers’
Unite Wins Recognition at Look Ahead
Unite members at Look Ahead, led by representative Dom Rollin, have won recognition for Unite at Look Ahead's four Hackney projects. This is a significant victory and was conceded by management following the threat of industrial action. As reported previously, the seven-day strike threat also
Shelter: Strike suspended
Strikes this week have been suspended following new proposals negotiated today. Members to vote on this. Strikes from 12th January still on pending members vote.
Housing Associations to become more profitable again next year
English housing associations are set to continue their path of increasing profitability according to Moody’s – the credit rating agency in a report issued this week.
The sector has repeatedly booked record surpluses in recent years, and Moody’s expect
New TUC guides on the new maternity and paternity rules
Figuring out how to share maternity leave and pay has been made easier with the publication of two new booklets from the TUC. Well worth any Unite rep reading.
The booklets – Leave and Pay for Mothers and Leave and Pay for Fathers and Partner
Shelter - three day strike over pay cuts
The housing charity Shelter is set to be hit by a three day strike next week as Britain’s largest union, Unite announced that 400 of its members would be walking out from Tuesday 16 December over pay cuts of up to £5,000 for frontline staff.
Amid warnings that ‘c
New Standards for the sector
Unite's national website reports: Our campaign recognises that the competitive tendering process by which social care, social housing, and support service providers bid for contracts, is damaging standards in our sectors and is leading to an environment in which low cost offers can triumph ov
Action Against 'Cold Home Deaths' - 28th November
Next Friday 28th November we find out how many people died from the impacts of living in a cold home last winter. Join Fuel Poverty Action and Reclaim the Power to take action and demand 'No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty: Energy Rights Now!’
In 2012/2013 10,000 people died fro
Why workers at Shelter are balloting for industrial action
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness and we campaign to prevent it in the first place.
Everyone working for Shelter cares passionately about these issues. We are totally committed to the work we do and that is why we ha
St Mungo's Broadway victory - fantastic new Reel News video
A spectacular victory - and a potentially very significant one - for St. Mungo's Broadway housing workers, just as they were about to embark on 10 straight days of strike action. Management were forced into conceding virtually all the strikers demands and abandoning their plans to savagely cu
St Mungo's Broadway strike called off after management climbdown
Hundreds of strikers gathered for a victory rally outside the St Mungos Broadway head office this morning. Len Mcluskey described the strike as pivotal when he spoke to Unite members earlier in the dispute - today speakers spoke of the signifi
St Mungos Broadway Strike Off! We Win! And Victory Rally Details
Following a day locked in talks at ACAS, the Unite SMB reps and Regional Officer, Nicky consider that they have received an offer from SMB management
St Mungos Broadway strike - talks at ACAS today
Adam Lambert, Nicky Marcus and Jon Hughes will be attending talks at ACAS with representatives from the executive team of St Mungo’s Broadway this morning. They will update via twitter and updates wil
St Mungos Broadway staff in ten day strike
St Mungo’s Broadway staff to strike for 10 days in battle to maintain quality services at housing charity
Staff at St Mungo’s Broadway (SMB) are preparing for 10 days of
St Mungos Broadway workers vote for ten day strike
Unite members at St Mungos Broadway have voted for a further ten day strike from November 5th.
The General Secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey, addressed a packed meeting that took the decision. He emphasised the vital importance of the strike not only fo
£160,000 pay off for former St Mungos boss
Inside Housing today reports that Charles Fraser, former CEO at St Mungos, was given a pay off of £160,000 when he left the organisation. Clearly there is no race to the bottom for CEO's!
Staff at St Mungos broadway, created through a merger with Broadway when Charles Fr
Following strike: Councils write to St Mungos Broadway
Following seven days strike action by Unite members at St Mungos Broadway councils two councils have raised questions about the organisation.
Jonathan McShane, cabinet member for social care at Hackney Council, is quoted in Inside Housing as saying: “We hope this
St Mungos Broadway strike raised in Parliament
Islington Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has raised this Early Day Motion (EDM 394) in Parliament:
"That this House supports workers at the homeless organisation St Mungo's Broadway in defending their terms and conditions and the service that they deliver to some of t
St Mungos Broadway striker writes in the Guardian
On today's Guardian website:
'Why we're striking' – St Mungo's Broadway worker shares motivations
A staff member explains wages aren’t dropping but he’s been on strike this week to protect services at the chari
Strike one - day six
We’ve done it again! SMB Unite has been out again in numbers. And it has to be said that the day was marked by even more acts of solidarity for our dispute and support than yesterday.
On Day six we
Strike Day 5 Report
Doing the Locum – otion.
Day 5 has seen the most incredible examples of solidarity extended towards our members from a range of trade unionists, councilors and commissioners.
Before the rain had stopped and before the d
Strike report - day four
Strike one. Day four.
A rats tail
After a strong showing over the weekend, the day began with picket lines gathering across London and in Bristol. Members were set to maintain the strong presence of the previ
Britian needs a pay rise - picketing goes well
Day two – National TUC demo - Britain needs a payrise.
Picketing goes well.
It was another successful and inspiring day.
Picket lines ran without a hitch at
Day One St Mungo Broadway strike: Amazing day of action
What an amazing day of action! We felt the strength of our collective muscle yesterday in a series of pickets that culminated in a massive rolling protest!
Nineteen picket lines were planned for day one of our seven-day strike, and nineteen picket lines were put i
St Mungos Broadway Strike starts today
Members at St Mungos Broadway will be on strike from 8.00am today. Last minute negotiations at ACAS on Thursday failed to produce significant movement from management. In the absence of movement from management the strike will last seven days.
There are eighteen pickets accr
WEA withdraws imposed proposals following strike vote
Unite members at the Workers Educational Association had voted by 85% in support of industrial action over an imposed restructure of London Region Staff without full and meaningful consultation. However, as a result of discussions with ACAS involvement, a last minute agreement ensures that the WE
MIPIM - all that's wrong in public housing policy
In the shadow of Mipim UK, tenants are fighting the bulldozers. Can’t we accept that public–private partnerships just don’t work?
Branch member Glyn Robins has this article in todays Guardian
The “pizza club” used
Unite on MIPIM: super rich cash in
The ‘super rich’, wealthy domestic and foreign property developers and ‘old money’ aristocrats are cashing in on Britain’s housing crisis, while 1.8 million households languish on council waiting lists.
These are the stark conclusions in a briefing by
St Mungos Broadway Urgent Strike Fund Appeal
St Mungos Broadway Strike Appeal
Unite members at St Mungos Broadway (from the Unite Housing Workers Branch) will be taking seven days of strike action in defence of their housing association, staff terms and conditio
Unite members in St Mungos Broadway vote for action
Unite LE1111 members in St Mungos Broadway have voted for industrial action with an exceptional majority of 95.8%. The turnout was an impressive 68%. Members will meet tommrow to plan future action.
The new executive team at St Mungos have imposed a range of chang
Our branch supporting Focus E15 Mums
The branch banner, held by Paul Kershaw and Glyn Robbins, was outside Bow County Court last Thursday (2nd Oct). Over 200 people (including Russell Brand) were there to support the Focus E15 Mums who, along with estate residents and housing campaigners, have been occupying some flats on the
Unite says boycott MIPIM
Labour councillors in London are being urged to boycott a prestige property fair this month over fears that property developers stitch up deals that would hit council tenants and leaseholders in the capital.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that Labour cou
Staff Lobby St Mungo Broadway Board AGM
A lively, peaceful protest was held outside the St Mungo's Broadway board meeting yesterday evening at Griffin House in Hammersmith. This was the meeting where the Executive Team took their proposals to reduce staff pay plus other changes to the Board of Trustees for approval.
Four key changes in employment law - 1st October 2014
UK employment rights are amongst the weakest in Europe and are being further eroded by the government. We defend decent conditions at work including basic equalities by our collective organisation but we seek to use any legal avenues open to us. For a change, the four changes set out
Unite health members to join October strikes
Health workers will strike on October 13th. The day after, council workers and FE lecturers will be out followed by civil servants on October 15.
Unite health members to strike over Cameron’s ‘destructive’ NHS pay policy
St Mungo's Broadway Ballot for strike action
New swingeing cuts to pay, and changes to policies and procedures governing working conditions at housing charity St Mungo’s Broadway have prompted a strike ballot of more than 50
Peabody Tries to Get Shifty!
The Unite Housing Workers Branch and our reps in Peabody congratulate our members in the Peabody Revenues Team who recently made an inspiring stand against ill-considered proposals to change working patterns.
Following an away-day discussion earlier in the year, Peabody
Hitchin: A Victory with a Twist!
Unite members at St Mungo’s Broadway recently won a significant victory which gave two great results – an improvement in pay, terms and conditions for staff at the affected Hitchin project, and upward harmonisation for other staff when the Hitchin project was TUPEd to another
Helen Giles - The Root of All Evil
Helen Giles has recently taken over as Executive Director of HR in St Mungo's Broadway following St Mungo's merger with Broadway earlier this year.
Paul Kershaw Article - Defending Social Housing
Real 'social' housing
11 August 2014
This week’s Observer newspaper splashes the story of care workers in Doncaster entering their 48th day of strike action against pay cuts of up to 35% and a new lower grade for new starters, on
New Strike Dates Set at OHG
Members at One Housing Group have announced four further days of strike over the sacking of lead convenor, Bryan Kennedy, and the general treatment of staff at the association.
The strike will take place from 8am on Friday 8th August to 8pm on Monday 11th
Look Ahead Victory! Strike Off!
There has been a stunning eve-of-strike victory for Look Ahead Unite Members.
After weeks of negotiation and an escalating threat of industrial action, with a seven day strike due to start on Thursday 9th July, members working in the four Hackney Look Ahead servi
Look Ahead Picket Lines
Unite the union’s members in Look Ahead will now be starting a seven day strike from Thursday 10th July (alongside millions of public sector workers) until Wednesday 16th July. Picket line details are as follows:
Bryan Kennedy Hearing Postponed - But Not the Protest!
One Housing Group has today postponed Bryan Kennedy's appeal hearing. Management have not given any particular reason (maybe they didn't like the film starring the CEO???). Whatever ... Our message to Bryan is that wherever and whenever OHG reschedule the hearing, we will be there to supp
Protest at Bryan Kennedy Appeal Hearing
On Wednesday 9th July, members and supporters of the 'I'm Bryan' campaign will be protesting outside Bryan Kennedy's appeal hearing. Bryan was dismissed in June from One Housing
Look Ahead - Strike On!
Unite the union’s members in Look Ahead will now be starting a seven day strike from Thursday 10th July (alongside millions of public sector workers) until Wednesday 16th July.
The members work at a vital men
Re-Instate Bryan Kennedy - Petition Launched
We have now started a petition for Bryan Kennedy's re-instatement. This follows the shocking and disgraceful news that he was sacked on Tuesday 17th June despite a 10 year unbelmished record of performance. We are calling on all branch members and supporters to sign the petition at
Look Ahead - Another Great Protest!
On Thursday 19th June Unite members at Look Ahead organised a second, highly successful and well-supported protest outside Hackney Town Hall.
Staff at Look Ahead Housing in Hackney are facing their second substantial pay cut in two years. In 2012 Look Ah
Branch Backs the 'Stop G4S' Campaign
The Unite Housing Workers branch is backing the 'Stop G4S' campaign. This campaign, a coalition of activists, trade unionists, and non-governmental organisations, aims to highlight G4S's global human rights abuses, and to stop it being awarded public service contracts. The Stop G4S ca
Look Ahead - The Unite Fight Back Continues!
On Thursday 12th June Unite members at Look Ahead organised a protest outside Hackney Town Hall Forty affected staff members attended the lively lobby to protest at Look Ahead's decision to run down essential support services in Hackney.
The members are n
Greenwich Unite Speaker - Fighting Bullying and Harassment
Many members will be all too familiar with workplace bullying and harassment, and the difficulties of getting employers to address the issue. In Greenwich, a group of Occupational Therapists have decided that enough is enough and, toget
Look Ahead Attacks its Workers - Unite Members Fight Back!
Unite the union’s members in Look Ahead's vital mental health services are already on low pay, having received an average pay cut of 15% less than two years ago. Yet now, their disgraceful employer is expecting them to take a further 14% pay cut.
OHG Strike in Support of Bryan Kennedy
Unite members at One Housing Group will be on strike between Friday 6th June and Tuesday 10th June 2014.
Urgent Appeal for Funds
Urgent resources needed! The Unite Housing Workers Branch has run a number of high profile campaigns - This has included almost forty days of industrial action in the last year, including highly successful action at One Housing Group, St Mungo (Hitchin project) and the Homes and Communities
Lambeth 'Co-Operative Council' Accused of Closing Housing Co-ops
Lambeth Council, which cynically markets itself as a ‘co-operative council’, has been accused by Lambeth United Housing Co-Op of 'destroying housing co-ops that have existed in the borough for 40 years'. In a statement, the LUHC says the Council is recalling '
Pay Up Website Launched
Unite has launched an excellent informative and interactive new website as part of its Fair Pay campaign which includes a wealth of resources for representatives, members and activists across our sector.
The website includes the following features:
HCA Strike Fund Appeal
As reported previously, Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have taken 3 days of strike action (25-27 March) over the divisive and unfair way that the Agency has chosen to allocate pay, and because the Agency has consistently failed to negotiate in any meaningful way. See
Unite Report: London Health Crisis!
A landmark report, launched today on London’s NHS highlights a cash strapped and fragmented health service – and proposes an 18-point plan to save the capital’s NHS.
Unite regional secretary for the London region Pete Kavanagh said: “This report
Housing Associations: £1.9m Surpluses!
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have published this year’s global accounts for the sector which again show a record surplus. Worth remembering every time pay claims, staffing levels and work intensification is discussed.
The report states: “The sector continued
Unite On Strike at the HCA
Unite members at the Homes and Communities Agency have taken 3 days of strike action (25-27 March) on over the divisive and unfair way that the Agency has chosen to allocate pay, and because the Agency has consistently failed to negotiate in a meaningful way on this key issue. The strike followed
Bob Crow, Tony Benn - One Week, Two Losses
Tribute to Bob Crow, RMT
At its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, our branch paid tribute to Bob Crow, an inspiring and brave trade union leader who died suddenly the previous day. He was an outstanding leader who was not willing to be held back from fighting in his members' inte
Public sector women bear unpaid overtime burden
The number of staff doing unpaid overtime has gone up in the public sector over the last decade, but has held steady in the private sector, according to a new analysis of official figures by the TUC. We know from branch research that housing associations have matched the public sector in that res
Health and safety: Unite warning on claims management rip off
Unite is taking a professional negligence claim against two high street law firms who failed a former food worker with industrial deafness.
The law firms, acting for a claims management company, were engaged after the former Northern Foods employee and
Associations Warn They Will Snub HCA Grant Funding
Inside Housing has reported a warning from housing associations which "won’t bid for grant funding if they are required to build small homes"
They will reject up to £1.7 billion of HCA grant "if they are forced to build large numbers of one an
An army of low paid local government workers will demand an end to poverty pay rises as thousands gear up to take part in todays joint union day of protest.
Lunchtime protests are planned outside council buildings and town halls across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Uni