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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 April 2014
Homes and Communities Agency strike
Staff in the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) in London and Manchester began a three-day strike on Tuesday 24 March, and may call further action.
Workers in the Unite union are angry at a pay settlement that benefits higher grades, and at discrepancies in pay between workers on different contracts.
Kerry Feetham, a Unite rep for home workers, Leeds and Manchester said: "Members have had enough. They are angry at the disparity in pay, but it is not just about pay, it is also about stress with increased workloads, constant restructuring which leads to more middle management, and not being appreciated as key staff members who work in social housing regulation.
"We hope this action will bring the HCA back to start a full negotiation process with us."
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In The Socialist 9 April 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
House of Thieves
Break with pro-cuts Labour now
System change to save the environment
Hillsborough tragedy - the final chapter?
OECD report: A system in crisis
Them & Us
Socialist Party workplace news
Care UK strike: national union support needed
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) elections
Build on the fighting militant traditions of the RMT
Probation workers unite to fight off no-justice vultures
Visteon: Ford makes offer
Sparks fight on!
Homes and Communities Agency strike
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Swansea: National Front thwarted!
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition progress update
Doncaster: March commemorates miners' strike
Save Leicester Race Equality Centre
Obituary: Pat James 1930 - 2014
Help with the Socialist sales campaign
Support the Socialist with a May Day greeting
Reviews and readers' comments
Book review: Silent Accomplice
Reviews and comments
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