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 to keep up with inflation.
Over the last year, housing workers in several workplaces - including G15 organisations - noted that over 60% of their members were in debt. In some workplaces, 25% were in housing debt and at risk of losing their homes. Our members are working harder, remaining committed to delivering quality services despite corporate cuts. Meanwhile, employers are moving away from salary scales to questionable and often clearly unfair performance related pay (PRP). What makes this even harder to bear is the evidence showing that the sector's wealth has grown by record-breaking leaps, and CEOs have received inflation-busing wage increases, alongside their bonuses and other little perks.
The experiences of our members were a microcosm of the fate hitting other workers across the country, as the TUC showed in its report on how lower than inflation pay rises were forcing more and more workers into debt.
Branch secretary Suzanne Muna and members of the National Industrial Sector Committee launch the '4 for All' campaign for 4% pay rises in housing associations
Against these conditions, our branch organised pay trainining for housing assocation reps and activists developing our own plans to implement the Unite pay strategy. The training will help reps use resist downward pay trends, and at the same time strengthen union structures, harnassing the anger at poor treatment to recruit and engage new members in activism.
We'll have further information going out over the coming weeks and will be rolling out the 4 for All campaign over the next few weeks. Get in touch if you'd like to find out more!
Arti Dillon (firstname.lastname@example.org)