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 current dispute is resolved as soon as possible to the benefit of those who need these services, and we will be re-evaluating this contract to ensure we’re happy it will continue to supply the high quality of care we demand. We are concerned about the apparent lack of any staff consultation regarding the proposed changes and about the ability of St Mungo’s Broadway to deliver effective services that are not compromised by any downgrading of staff roles.”
Islington Councillor, James Murray has written to St Mungos Broadway expressing concern at their decision to take pay out of collective bargaining and cut pay for new front line workers. He asks what plans the organisation has to cut pay for senior management.
He writes: ‘We… urge you to re-think the changes, and to negotiate with your employees and their union representitives, to ensure a fair future for your staff.’
Unite members in St Mungos Broadway meet next week to discuss their next steps.
The letter from Islington is attached.
An article by a striker in The Guardian today sets out why they felt they had to take action: http://www.housingworkers.org.uk/readnews.html?con_id=121
Jeremy Corbyn MP has an early day motion on the question. For details see: http://www.housingworkers.org.uk/readnews.html?con_id=122
Financial appeal for strikers: http://www.housingworkers.org.uk/readnews.html?con_id=108