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17 December 2012
Top housing association, One Housing Group has delivered its Christmas message – salary cuts of thousands of pounds for its 250 frontline supported housing staff from February 2014.
This comes against a background of a hefty rise in pay and bonuses of £31,000 for the chief executive, Mick Sweeny, taking his income to £176,000-a-year. One Housing Group operates in London and the south east.
Unite members have twice overwhelmingly rejected the management's proposals and now the management has arbitrarily announced that it intended to impose salary cuts of up to £8,000 for 250 of the frontline staff from February 2014.
Unite is urging One management to reconsider its decision to issue notices stating that unless staff sign-up to the changes by 20 December, their employment will be terminated and they will be re-engaged on the inferior new terms with immediate effect.
Unite regional officer, Nicky Marcus said that no financial or business reason had been put forward for this “appallingly cynical decision”.
Nicky Marcus said:
"The actions of the management are breathtaking. Throughout negotiations, managers have consistently failed to provide any rationale, whatsoever, for slashing wages other than parroting, 'it's the market'.
“Managers seem unaware that they themselves are creating 'the market'; both in falling wages for frontline staff and, at the other end of the scale, in grotesquely inflated salaries for themselves.
“Unite is disgusted at One's decision to hold its staff and their families to ransom at Christmas or indeed at any other time – loyal staff who look after the most vulnerable in society and deserve to be respected and treated with dignity and decency by their employers.
“Unite urges One Housing to reconsider this Scrooge-like plan immediately."