Unite members at Centrepoint are continuing to raise issues of increasing workload and poor pay at the more junior staffing levels. In 2016 Unite celebrated a successful pay negotiation which gave members an above-inflation increase of 2% after they balloted and rejected the original offer from management.
This year we have had an overwhelming response to the Unite consultation with members endorsing a 4% pay claim. This is in line with Unite's sector wide '4 for All' campaign. They also seek an end to performance related pay.
Low pay is clearly affecting recruitment and retention at Centrepoint which has a turnover of 23%, and staff consequently forced to work harder. It is also a false economy for the employer which is forced to increase its dependency on agency staff.
In the survey, 87% of respondents reported being in debt, way above the regional and national averages, whilst the 2015-206 annual accounts show a surplus of £1m and senior executive team pay in excess of £670K, up by 25%!
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