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Pay victory for Greenwich housing workers

Strike suspended


About 120 housing repair workers at Greenwich council have suspended their strike action (reported here) after securing a victory in a dispute over a new pay structure, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today.

Unite said its members, who were due to hold the first of five days of strike action on Monday (28 October), had now called off  the industrial action after a deal was hammered out involving the Unite branch yesterday (Wednesday 23 October).


Example to other Labour councils


Those affected by this issue are carpenters, electricians and plumbers based at the Birchmere depot, Eastern Way, London SE28 8BF.

Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Following negotiations yesterday, the employers have agreed to amend their proposals in key areas.


“In summary, the instances where our members’ pay can drop will be minimised. There will be ‘pay protection’ and, most importantly, no imposition of any changes while talks continue.


“This will include a joint review with the earliest date for any change being March 2020. As a result, the strike action has been suspended.

“This was negotiated by the Unite Greenwich branch which has done an excellent job, not just to negotiate the agreement and secure a win, but it has also won a commitment to bring even more work back in-house.


“This should set an example to other Labour councils up and down the country to bring all work back under local authority management.


“We hope this resolution will herald a new era of better employment relations with the Royal Borough of Greenwich management.”


24 October 2019


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