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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

Housing emergency

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

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