Branch Secretary :

Connection at St Martins restructure: Union fully consulted

Good practice and reducing cost of senior management


After a change in senior management, The Connection at St Martin's (CSTM) recently went through a restructure which will begin on the 1st October.  The aim of the restructure is to fully put in place good practice approaches such as co-production, PIE, strengths based approach and recovery based approach and to reduce the costs of senior management.


Having been through restructures before, it is a relief (and surprise) to be able to say the union was fully consulted at every stage and actually listened to. 


I was encouraged and given as much time as needed to meet with and talk to members. Prior to the consultation starting I was given enough notice to prepare. 


Questions answered


All 56 questions  that were put to management were answered and as a result of negotiation, changes were made - for example the starting salary for the new role of Service Host at the Day Centre was increased by a scale.


Refreshingly, there will be a decrease in senior management salaries and changes  also include gender pay gap reporting in the annual HR review for senior roles. There has also been the creation of Migration Specialist posts to increase capacity for complex case work and provide more effective support. 


Obviously only time will tell, but at the point of writing there is a positive mood and finally we (the union) feel we have been listened to.


Lynn Hemming Unite Rep



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