Branch Secretary :

Greenwich housing repair workers to strike

Five day strike over new pay structure


About 120 housing repair workers at Greenwich council are to strike for five days in disgust over the way they have been treated; see earlier report here.

Unite said its members had voted by 95 per cent for strike action over a plan to introduce a new pay structure which will cut pay by 20 per cent and will now strike on 28 October and 1, 2, 3 and 4 November.


The strikes will be staged by carpenters, electricians and plumbers, based at the Birchmere depot, Eastern Way, London SE28 8BF.


Proposals for 20% pay cut

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich council has a very poor employment relations’ culture.



“Our members are faced with proposals to introduce a new pay structure which will cut pay by 20 per cent and are disgusted by the way they have been treated by this local authority.


“The failure of the council’s bosses to address our members’ legitimate concerns has now resulted in five days of strike action.

“Unite has endeavoured over a long period to reach a fair settlement to this dispute, but, so far, we have been met with an intransigent management.


“That said, Unite’s door is open 24/7 for constructive talks before strike action starts next Monday (28 October).”


Our branch sends its solidarity to Greenwich Unite branch 2050.


22 October 2019


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