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Hackney housing victory

Strike called off after housing association honours pay deal
Ryan Fletcher, Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Planned strike action at a London housing association has been called off after the association’s management agreed to honour a pay deal they had previously failed to implement.


Twenty five Unite members at Peter Bedford Housing Association in Hackney, which provides care and assistance to 400 vulnerable adults in supported living accommodation, were due to begin four days of industrial action on December 3.


Members voted overwhelmingly to strike after their employer reneged on an agreement to honour future local government incremental pay increases.


In April, local government workers saw their pay rise by 2 per cent, however Peter Bedford neglected to increase the salaries of its staff in line with the rise.


In total, staff at the housing association had not seen their pay increase for five years.


Before the staff balloted for industrial action over the issue, the housing association claimed pay rises had been implemented.


Realised the error of their ways

However once the strike action was announced and publicised, the management at Peter Bedford realised the error of their ways and agreed to implement the pay increases, which will be backdated to April.


Unite regional officer Adam Lambert said, “Unite members are delighted that the management at Peter Bedford have come to their senses and agreed to pay the increase that workers were promised.


“The fact that Unite members were entirely united in solidarity throughout this dispute was vital in forcing management’s hand.


“Hopefully now that Peter Bedford’s management have honoured this years’ pay increase there will be no future problems and we can enjoy harmonious industrial relations in the future.


“Unite will be using the successful formula we have used at Peter Bedford at other housing associations where there are ongoing industrial issues.”


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