Branch Secretary :

Unite members at Peter Bedford ballot for pay strike

Refusing to pay increment



Unite members at Peter Bedford Housing Association are currently balloting for potential strike action over pay.  Senior management are refusing to pay staff the increment due for this year in accordance with this year's NJC pay scales, claiming it is unaffordable.  In addition, there are indications that they are trying to challenge the pay settlement reached at Peter Bedford last year whereby it was agreed that pay would align with NJC going forward.



Patience of reps and members fraying



The reps team have been going through Peter Bedford's dispute procedure - as set out in the recognition agreement - but have made no progress, and the patience of both reps and members is fraying. Reps have previously warned of the possibility of strike action over the issue, and things have now come to a head.



Determined mood



The ballot is due to go on until the 9 November and afterwards members will collectively decide what action to take. There are signs of flexibility on the part of senior management, suggesting that a strong vote for strike action could very well force them to concede. The mood among members is determined and the indications so far is that there will be a high turnout and a solid vote for action. The ball will then be in the employer's court to come to an acceptable deal or face the prospect of a strike.



31st October 2018


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