Branch Secretary :

Sanctuary Care Members Meet Clive Efford MP

Representatives from three Sanctuary Care homes in Greenwich met with Clive Efford MP to outline grave concerns about proposed cuts to their working conditions which they believed would also be detrimental to the vulnerable residents they care for. Also present were the Branch Secretary and Branch Caseworker from the Unite Housing Workers Branch.



After an engaging discussion on the proposed changes and implications, Mr Efford MP proposed writing to Greenwich Council which procures care services from Sanctuary, and to the housing association itself to set out his concerns. He also offered to highlight these at an adjournment debate in Parliament at which questions on the quality of Sanctuary Care services will be raised with government. Most urgently, Mr Efford will be asking Sanctuary not to impose unreasonable deadlines on staff to agree to changes, and to voluntarily recognise Unite the Union for collective bargaining in order to negotiate properly with its staff.


Mr Efford then introduced the delegation to Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care), who also offered to support the campaign. Ms Keeley confirmed that Sanctuary's behaviour highlighted the need for widespread and fundamental reform of the housing association sector.



Unreasonable Deadlines


Members remain deeply concerned that Sanctuary Care has asked them to sign letters agreeing to sign up to a new set of terms and conditions and has given them a deadline of 1st August 2019 to do so, without showing them copies of the new contract. They will then be asked to start working under the terms of the new contract from 1st October, still without having seen it. The contracts will not be issued until November.


See all previous reports of meetings on Sanctuary here.


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