Branch Secretary :

HCA Pay Strike: Improved Options Approved!

Unite members at the HCA (Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing) today voted overwhelmingly to endorse a revised set of options on pay following industrial action in July, and a sustained campaign over the last few months. The favoured options take a tiered approach and would significantly improve the amount awarded to those earning under £35k, channelling the greatest uplift towards the lowest paid staff.



An overwhelming majority of 97% of members endorsed the new approach on a very credible turnout of 78%.


The campaign also won a framework of protections for a new pay review to recast the Agency's pay policy. The agreed protections will ensure that jobs will be independently evaluated by an expert scheme, no cuts will be made to staff salaries, and there is a time-limit for uplifting staff paid less than the agreed rate for the job.


One of the Unite representatives at the Agency, Suzanne Muna said:


"The action we have taken and the involvement of our members at all stages has created a sustained pressure on our employer to favour the lowest paid staff, which they have now done. These staff have suffered disproportionately from a decade of real-terms pay cuts. The campaign underlines the positive impact of collective action in all its forms and shows that we are never helpless. It doesn't end here though - our members will continue to fight for pay justice and encourage all staff to join Unite and build even more power in our workplace!"


The proposal is now with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government for approval. For more details of the action, see here.


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