Branch Secretary :

Further pay rise at Sanctuary follows protest

9% increase on top of earlier 4% increase



It has just been confirmed that Sanctuary Housing Association have just awarded a 9% rise to the trades workers. This comes after an earlier 4% in their salary. This is a huge victory for the trades section, and nothing more than they deserve. It should also be a vote of confidence in Unite the union who have supported and encouraged workers to raise their voice.


Saturday's protest


Unite has been organising in Sanctuary over the last few months and held a protest last Saturday outside their Wood Green office. A clear warning was sent to Senior management that unless they increased their pay offer, they ran the risk of provoking a strike. We are glad that they listened to workers and took that threat seriously. 



Extend the offer



Confidence amongst members is now sky high but pay is not the only concern that members have. Charlie, a Unite rep at Sanctuary had this to say in response to the deal offered to the trades side, "We are pleased that Sanctuary have gone some way to recognise our low pay and the hard work that we undertake daily. This pay rise will go some way to address worker's concerns however Sanctuary should not think that they can silence us with a long overdue pay rise. 



There are many other issues of concern that remain such as the widespread bullying that our members face and management's attempt to increase our travel time for no extra money. We are also disgusted that this pay rise was not limited to the trades section. We are calling on Sanctuary to extend this offer to all Sanctuary workers. We look forward to discussing these issues with management in the very near future. We expect a positive response."


Sanctuary protest the movie! See video here


See earlier report here.



Sanctuary housing worker


21 July 2022 


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