Branch Secretary :

Developing Links with Tenants - SHAC Meeting - 29th January

3rd January 2019


All branch reps and activists are invited to the next meeting of the Social Housing Action Campaign, 6.30pm, 29th January 2019 at Unite HQ, Holborn.


When the Unite team at Peabody began to organise for the possibility of industrial action, one of the key steps in planning their campaign was to meet with a Peabody tenant group to explain the dispute. Management plans to move the Peabody Direct helpline to Pitsea means the loss of valuable skills and experience, and would therefore harm tenants. The meeting with Peabody tenants ensured that they were supportive of our members' action, and were prepared to help publicise the campaign.



As reported, action was avoided when management conceded to Unite's demands, scoring a significant victory for our Peabody members. Had it come to a strike however, support from Peabody tenants would have been an excellent demonstration of unity in action. As with many of our campaigns, the underlying causes have a harmful impact on tenants as well as workers, and by joining together to fight, we increase our chance of winning.


The meeting between residents and branch representatives was facilitated by SHAC (Social Housing Action Campaign) - a joint initiative between tenants and residents in housing associations and co-operatives, a wider layer of housing activists, and members of the Unite Housing Workers Branch. 



SHAC has its first planning meeting on Tuesday 29th January 2019 and all reps and activists from the Branch are invited:


- SHAC Open Meeting

- Tuesday 29th January 2019

- 6.30pm – 8pm

- Unite HQ

- 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN (map)


SHAC's basic demands include an end to commercialisation, improved services, safe, secure homes, truly affordable housing, and decent pay and conditions for staff. The meeting will discuss plans for SHAC's programme in 2019.



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