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Support the St Mungo’s Strikers – out since April 22nd

Great support

 

Members of the public and fellow workers have been giving great support to St Mungo’s strike events and spirits are high on the picket lines.

 

Strikers this week

 

Unite members in the property services department at St Mungo's have been on indefinite strike against a campaign of bullying and intimidation by senior management since April 22nd.  Unite members attempted to resolve this internally by raising a grievance. Management responded by suspending the Unite rep.

 

Disruption

 

Fellow workers have been giving accounts of the increasing disruption to the work of the organisation caused by the strike which impacts repairs and the preparation of properties to re-let.

 

Far from seeking a solution, the management have put the rep who took out the grievance on a gross misconduct charge, which means he could lose his job.

 

Belligerant management style

 

Sadly, the new CEO, Steve Douglas has taken on the belligerent management style that has typified St Mungo’s senior management in recent years.

 

St Mungos CEO Steve Douglas has taken on belligerant management style

 

Across St Mungo’s half the Unite reps face some form of formal HR process and 68% of respondents to a Unite survey said that they had suffered bullying from senior managers.

 

To make it easier to give money to support the strike a ‘go fund me’ account has been created. See here.

 

Pickets and strike events - see here.

 

Paul Kershaw

 

May 5th 2021

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