Branch Secretary :

Unite in housing: Pay up!

Housing association margins 'seriously impressive'


Housing associations regularly book record surpluses and margins well over 30 per cent described by Savills as “seriously impressive.”  Meanwhile staff pay and conditions have been squeezed; employment costs were cut by 6.6% in the year to 2017 alone.  In contrast, Chief Executives and the most senior staff in the sector continue to award themselves inflation busting pay increases, pulling further away from the people they manage.


Fight back


Surveys show increasing stress and unrealistic workloads in the sector, while the trade magazine Inside Housing has reported on increasing housing problems and homelessness among housing workers.   The majority of housing staff spend over 30% of their pay on rent or housing costs and 7% spend more than half their earnings on putting a roof over their head.


Unite reps in housing from around the country attended a pay conference recently and agreed a plan of action to fight back. They were determined that we achieve serious pay increases across the housing sector over the next twelve months. 


Reps were introduced to Unites pay claim generator, a unique online facility which aides reps prepare pay claims and LE1111 branch secrestary Suzanne Muna has prepared a sector wide statement using the template which can be downloaded here.


Unite has also produced a breifing on the implications of the revaluation of the Social Housing Pension Scheme which can be accessed here.


6th November 2018




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