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 Sweeney in a list of four Housing Association heads under the heading “Sky high salaries for poor performance”.
Sky high salaries for poor performance
The article includes many inaccuracies as detailed here by Inside Housing magazine. But what The Times says about Mick Sweeny of OHG and pay is accurate:
“... last year (he) earned £228, 520, up 6.8% from the previous year.... in 2013 Unite members ... went on strike three times after being asked to accept pay cuts averaging £2000 as Mr Sweeney accepted a pay rise of £31, 000...”
The behaviour of Chief Executives in the sector who regularly take inflation busting pay increases, hands ammunition to those who want to undermine social housing.
A recent survey of staff at OHG reported that over 70% are in debt while 89% work over their contracted hours. OHG continues to generate healthy surpluses – and we know surpluses in the sector went up a quarter in the last year alone. Unite and Unison have agreed a very reasonable claim for a 3% increase.