New Strike Dates Set at OHG
Members at One Housing Group have announced four further days of strike over the sacking of lead convenor, Bryan Kennedy, and the general treatment of staff at the association.
The strike will take place from 8am on Friday 8th August to 8pm on Monday 11th August.
The attack on Bryan is just part of the widespread contempt that OHG's senior management has shown for its own staff. It has mercilessly cut the pay of essential front-line workers who are caring for OHG's most vulnerable clients. At the same time, OHG rubbed salt in the wound of the financial difficulties this caused by simultaneously increasing the Chief Executive's pay by £30k; a sum larger than many frontline workers earn after an entire year's service. It is hard to imagine anything more cynical than someone on a salary of £176k, (plus £11k in pension contributions) telling support workers that they are not worth a salary in the region of £25k. Not content to stop there, Mick Sweeney's salary has now jumped to 207k. And there is the threat of further cuts to the quality of pay, terms and conditions at OHG for more junior staff.
What One Housing Group's Unite members have demanded is, and always has been, entirely reasonable.
They wish to be treated with respect for the vital work that they do no matter what part of the business they work in; to be paid fairly at rates which match the rising cost of living; to have their commitment recognised, not ruthlessly exploited; and to be valued, not treated as dispensable. They are also, through this action, demanding the reinstatement of their lead convenor, Bryan Kennedy.
Details of picket lines for strike days will be added shortly.