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Lobby Greenwich Council - 15th May - Support Sanctuary Members

Please join our lobby of Greenwich council in support of Unite Sanctuary members.


We will be asking councillors to prevent Sanctuary’s executive from making severe cuts to care workers’ pay and conditions. Our members provide essential care services to vulnerable residents. The homes are run by Sanctuary Care but largely council funded.

  • 7pm (Arrive 6.30pm)
  • Weds 15th May
  • Greenwich Council Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6HQ (map)


The cuts will harm staff, residents and service users. As one member said:

"I’m expected to work 13 extra shifts every year for no more pay. Yet the executive enjoy huge pay increases and fat bonuses every single year.”


The employer is threatening to:


  • Cut annual leave.
  • Cut bank holiday pay.
  • Cut the first 3 days’ sick pay.
  • Cut occupational sick pay.
  • Increase working hours.


There is no financial logic to the cuts; Sanctuary recorded an operating surplus of £198m in 2018, and the CEO’s salary was at least £350K for the year.


Instead of cuts, our members unanimously called for …


  • All staff to be put on the equivalent of Greenwich local government terms and conditions.
  • Paid breaks for all staff, all shifts.
  • A pay rise across the board of 10%.
  • Recognition of Unite the Union for collective bargaining.


They also demand that Sanctuary managers cease bullying and harassing Unite members. 


25 April 2019


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