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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 May 2013
Unite the Union has formally notified One Housing Group (OHG) of its intention to ballot its members over pay cuts and downgrading.
This follows a three-year pay freeze amounting to a 13% cut. Workers are now being asked to accept massive cuts and wages lower than what they earned 15 years ago causing genuine hardship.
Management believes that because a few housing associations pay less than OHG, support workers' wages should slide downwards.
But they never apply the same logic to themselves. They say 'there are managers and chief executives being paid more than us so our wages must rise accordingly'.
The chief executive has accepted a £31,000 hike in pay and bonuses while asking 200 staff to accept cuts of up to £8,000 a year averaging £2,000.
These cuts will affect staff and their clients and communities as skill and experience is driven out of the care and support sector.
OHG has been awarded dozens of contracts by local authorities worth millions, the bulk of which covers workers' wages. If they cut wages the question is 'where is the money going?'
Strike action is likely to take place in mid June.
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In The Socialist 15 May 2013:
Fight the bedroom tax
Axe the killer tax: End the bedroom tax now
Bedroom tax non-implementation
Socialist Party news and analysis
Give us jobs, not Tory lies
Stop the health cuts!
Fat cat tax-dodging: 200 lorry loads of lolly!
Con-Dems' benefit fact fraud
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
TUSC builds support in Leicester byelection
Swansea's food bank for students
British government supports murderous Sri Lankan regime
Socialist Party meeting against cuts
Socialist Party workplace news
Gloves off in Mid Yorks hospital battle
Brighton bin workers fight pay cuts - this time from the Greens
Wales TUC: no fight against austerity
Unison leader 'gets it wrong' over action on pay
PCS conference 20-23 May
Workplace news in brief
Letter to the Tories who tell me to 'work hard and strive'
When mass action defeated Thatcher's poll tax
Yeadon Mill strike 1913
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