Branch Secretary :

Price rises: Inflation hits 8.2% RPI


Inflation at thirty year high


This morning the Office for National Statistics announced that the retail price index shows prices rising at 8.2%. Even the less accurate CPI index shows an increase of 6.2% putting inflation at a thirty year high.


Making our point outside the NHF offices yesterday


A rise in inflation was expected but these figures are worse than most economists had predicted.


The government has tax rises in the pipeline and energy prices are set to rocket. MPs will get a £2200 pay rise.


Workers cannot be made to pay for the crisis


Unite is clear that workers cannot be made to pay for the crisis with pay events around the country and a photo opportunity outside the offices of the National Housing Federation.



Three emails from members received by the Unite Housing workers branch in the last few days illustrate very well the intolerable burdens faced by members and why we need to fight for better conditions and pay. 


One wrote saying she simply couldn’t make ends meet and pay for housing.


A worker who was recently forced to leave his job talked of the “years of the years of persecution” and how this had made him anxious. In a zoom meeting with an “inclusion consultant” which he signposted to by the employer, he was told that the most common state which employees of that housing organisation presented with was PTSD. These are not soldiers returning from war but housing workers trying to do their best!


Another worker had complained about her expenses to her manager as they did not match the cost of fuel that she used in the course of her job as a support worker. Her manager's response was to better manage her finances and advised her against complaining as it would be useless. In her email she explains, "during the last week we have had a choice between driving for work or buying fresh food. Either staff suffer or our clients do. This should never have to be a choice."


Get involved


Unite does not think that workers should have to make this choice either which is why we are fighting for 10% pay increases across the board.


Unite bases pay claims on the RPI index which provides a better guide to real price rises than the CPI index.  Contact your rep or branch officers for more information about pay campaigning or to get involved.







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