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Inside Housing reports: how housing crisis hits housing workers

“I have been street homeless while working in the sector”

 

A major investigation by Insid

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RPI inflation hits 3.9% Britain still needs a #PayRise

 

Real terms pay cuts

 

Figures released on October 17th show inflation at its highest for half a decade with the R

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RPI inflation hits 3.6% What about our pay?

 

Only senior executives avoid real terms pay cuts

 

Unite members will face a further squeeze as RPI inflation - the most realistic indicator of costs faced by workers - came in at VIEW

Plumbing pay deal win

Unite welcomes new agreement


 

Following lengthy negotiations with employer representatives from the plumbing industry, Unite has secured a three-year pay deal for plumbers employed under the Joint Industry Board

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Mears strikers protest at Chartered Institute of Housing

 

£3,500 less for doing the same work

 

Members of Unite in social housing will be demonstrating outside the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Housing 2017 conference at the Manchester Central C

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Clarion: a fair slice of the cake?

Undervalued, overworked

 

We were going to send some cake round today but decided to eat it ourselves and tell you to know how much we enjoyed it. We’ve heard you’ve got so much work, increased targets and, m

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Manchester housing strikers determined

Striking Manchester housing workers in ‘crazy car clamping’ threats

 

Private housing contractor Mears and joint venture company Manchester Working, are accused of issuing ‘crazy car clamping’ th

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Fighting back at Thirteen Group

Thirteen Group concede and agreement is reached

 

As we reported yesterday RPI inflation has hit 3.5% and is rising, when you conmpare thuis to pay in the sector it is no wonder that Unite members in housing show a g

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Inflation hits 3.5%

Unite warns of ‘wage squeeze’ as inflation outstrips average earnings

 

Britain’s largest union, Unite warned of a continuing Tory ‘wage squeeze’ not seen since Victorian times as the latest

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Clarion Housing: Unite recommends rejection of pay offer

Offer represents real terms pay cut

 

Clarion housing has offered staff an increase of 2.5% on basic pay rates.  Inflation is currently running at 3.1% measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI) and all analysts proje

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Inflation to reach 3.4% CPI this year

NIESR: 'households will feel the pinch'

 

Inflation will hit 3.4% CPI later this year according to the respected National Institute Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in a VIEW

Low pay: Housing workers offered financial counselling

Family Mosaic offering staff financial advice to ease mental health concerns

 

Housing association Family Mosaic has announced that in response to the pressures resulting from low pay they will “offer our staff the

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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

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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

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New evidence that housing associations can afford decent pay

 

Sector optimistic and ready for future challenges

 

'Economic sentiment' among housing associations is at its highest level since the financial crisis according to an VIEW

Housing workers calling for 4% pay increases

Resounding message

 

Unite has agreed to campaign for a minimum 4% pay increase in housing and reps have been getting a resounding message fr

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Pay: "Utterly shameful"

Shocking report shows UK nearly bottom for wage growth

 

Housing associations have been booking record surpluses year after year while squeezing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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HCA: Government housing staff strike for fair pay

Unite members at Homes and Communities Association (HCA) are striking for fair pay and proper pay negotiations.
 
Unite’s 147 members at two locations will stage a 24 hour strike commencing at 00:00 on Thursday 19 May over an imposed 1 per cent pay deal fr

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New survey: unmanageable workloads in housing

The Guardian: “Housing staff face 'unmanageable' workloads – poll”

 

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OHG staff 3% pay claim

One Housing Group Unite members call for 3% pay increase

 

Last week The Times listed One Housing Group (OHG) boss Mick Sween

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Big housing associations: surpluses up again

The largest 75 housing associations in England boosted their combined surplus to £2.2bn this year according to a new survey in Inside Housing (pay wall). 

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Pay jobs and services under attack in Circle Housing

Circle CEO Mark Rogers

 

Circle Housing: redundancies, pay cuts and lower quality services

 

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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

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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.



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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

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Second industrial action ballot at Look Ahead Care & Support

Hackney services balloted on pay

 

An earlier protest by Unite members in Look Ahead

 

A seco

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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

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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

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The Guardian reveals Housing Association pay inequality

Today’s Guardian reports that Housing association chiefs earn up to 23 times more than rank and file staff  - see here

 

Jane Ashcroft

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Sanctury to consider leaving SHPS pension scheme

Sactuary Housing, the UK's largest landlord are considering leaving SHPS - the Social Housing Pension Scheme according to a report in today's Inside Housing, see here


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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

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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. 


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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

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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

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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

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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

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