Minimum Wage to Rise by 4%
The Annual National Minimum Wage Rise Recognises The Real Rising Cost of Living
The National Minimum Wage for workers aged 25 and over is rising by more than 4%, increasing from £7.20 an hour to £7.50. For those working full-t
Jump in inflation rate underlines case for pay claims
4% minimum pay increase in the housing sector needed
The headline inflation figure jumped to 2.3% in February. Figures released today show that inflation has risen by much more than expected; the main drivers of
Work Your Proper Hours Day, Friday 24th Feb 2017
Housing staff work well over contractual hours
Work Your Proper Hours Day, Friday 24th Feb 2017, is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earn
Housing Associations book record surpluses - again!
£3.4 billion surplus over the last year
English Housing Associations have produced a record surplus of £3.4 billion over the last year according to the latest ‘Global Accounts’ for the sector pr
Money's Too Tight to Mention!
Pay Campaign Training Day a Success!
It's probably no surprise to fellow members of the sector that whilst the housing sector grows richer, social house building is curtailed, and our members' wage rises fail t
Wishaw Housing Association workers in second four day strike
Stop attacking conditions
Unite the union is calling on Wishaw and District Housing Association in Scotland to stop attacking the conditions of hard-working members. Workers at the housing association will strike
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 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.
HCA: Government housing staff strike for fair pay
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
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
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
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
Pay jobs and services under attack in Circle Housing
Circle CEO Mark Rogers
Circle Housing: redundancies, pay cuts and lower quality services
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
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
Second industrial action ballot at Look Ahead Care & Support
Hackney services balloted on pay
An earlier protest by Unite members in Look Ahead
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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