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Posted on 10 August 2012 at 12:42 GMT

Unite housing workers condemn pay cuts

One Housing Group: Support workers face pay cuts - executives get up to £135,000
Unite writes to board calling on them to reconsider

The care subsidiary of London-based housing association 'One Housing' plans to cut support staff pay by up to £8,000 a year despite warnings that staff could face homelessness and severe hardship.

This is ironic given that the organisation plans to expand its work with the homeless.

The housing workers branch of Unite has written to the board asking them to reconsider. Staff warn that management is narrowly focussed on winning competitive contracts and cutting contracts but unconcerned with the impact on service quality.

The organisation plans to sack staff and reinstate them on worse terms later this month. Unite has called on One Housing to cancel this plan and to return to the negotiating table.

Staff at One Housing have endured a four-year pay freeze, but this has not been applied to executives who are paid up to £135,000 a year.

The Care Quality Commission recently found One Housing Group has been 'failing to protect the safety and welfare' of some of its residents and has demanded urgent improvements in one of the group's projects for people with mental health problems.

NOTES

The Unite Housing workers branch organises housing workers across London and the south east: http://www.housingworkers.org.uk

One Housing Group manages around 13,000 homes in London and the south east. Their declared aim is to increase the contracting scale of 'One Support' from £18 million to £40 million.

PRESS CONTACT

Paul Kershaw - 07980448641 chair@housingworkers.org.uk

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