Housing workers calling for 4% pay increases
Unite has agreed to campaign for a minimum 4% pay increase in housing and reps have been getting a resounding message from workers that the increase is urgent.
In the homelessness charity Centrepoint 100% of our members said they needed at least a 4% increase, some said they needed more; 87% of the workforce say they are struggling with debt. No doubt financial pressure on staff contributes to the organisations 23% annual staff turnover. Members also express concern at inadequate pensions.
In the giant Sanctuary housing all Unite members say they need an increase and there is anger that the employer is denying sick pay in a comparable way to Clarion. Clarion have backtracked following a camapign by Unite and members now want Sanctuary to see sense.
Thames Valley and Catalyst housing members have also submitted claims. Once again this year the housing association sector booked record surpluses and paid its CEO’s inflation busting pay increases. But many continue to squeeze staff pay and conditions. The growing message from Unite members is this has to stop