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The Unite Housing Workers Branch (LE1111)

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Latest Updates

And The Alternative Housing Awards Winners Are ...

Find out who won the prestigious Alternative Housing Awards and why they were nominated. Pictures from the day also available here.

 

Clarion's Possible Partnership With GLA

The Unite Housing Workers' Branch condemns the discussions between the Greater London Authority and union-busting Clarion Group.

 

Housing Associations' Serial Neglect of Residents and Properties

Housing associations have been guilty of 'serial neglect of residents and properties' according to the Guardian. It highlighted allegations against the likes of Catalyst, Sanctuary, Notting Hill Housing, and One Housing Group.

 

Lousy Landlords and Bullying Bosses - Welcome to the Alternative Housing Awards - Press Release

 

Newham Keyworkers Condemn 40% Rent Increase by One Housing

Keyworkers are concerned that after successive years of public sector pay freezes, they cannot hope to meet the steep rent rises. A vibrant campaign is now developing.

 

Nominations Pour in for Bad Awards!

It is less than a week since nominations opened for the Bad Awards which will be presented at the Alternative Housing Awards ceremony, yet the HA Workers and Residents Network has already received over 100 nominations and counting. Find out who is topping the list and how you can make your own nomination.

 

Elections: ballot runs 27 March to 19 April
Includes branch nomination details...

 

Unite says #Jobstownnotguilty

In November 2014, as part of the protests against the privatisation of water in Ireland, an impromptu sit-down protest stopped the car of a minister and her entourage.  Now, those protesters are charged with kidnapping, a charge that could result in prison sentences and removal from political office...

 

Does your association deserve a 'bad award'?

We have regular news items about the misbehaviour of our employers. Now, housing workers everywhere can name and shame them for their bad behaviour. Nominations can be made anonymously...

 

Jump in inflation underlines case for pay claims

The headline inflation figure jumped to 2.3% in February.  Figures released today show that inflation has risen by much more than expected; the main drivers of the rise (from 1.8% in January) were food and fuel prices, but ‘core inflation’, an indicator that strips out volatile food and energy prices, also jumped more than predicted...

 

Construction workers have high suicide risk

Unite is calling on the industry to take radical action to reduce the high number of suicides among its workforce...

 

Unite statement on Tom Watson & elections

Responding to the claims made today (Monday 20 March) in the national media by Tom Watson MP, deputy leader of the Labour party, Unite’s acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Tom Watson has made claims about Unite and its general secretary Len McCluskey which are entirely inaccurate....

Unite supports #MarchAgainstRacism

Immediate issue for housing workers...

New evidence that housing sector can afford decent pay

'Economic sentiment' among associations is at it's highest level since the financial crisis...

 

Unite on post Brexit workforce in construction

...This survey demonstrates once again that the government’s failure to guarantee the rights of existing EU citizens is playing fast and loose with the well-being of the UK economy...

Housing workers calling for 4% pay increases

...reps have been getting a resounding message from workers that the increase is urgent...

Masking sickness at work?

‘Sickies’ down – but do figures belie real illness. Fear for their jobs has prompted British workers to take the fewest number of sick days since records began – only 137m working days last year were lost to sickness, equivalent to just over four days per worker...

 

Clarion back-tracks on denying sick pay

New group to pay sick pay from day one - Stung by accusations that the newly created Clarion Housing Group was becoming the Sports Direct of housing associations they have this morning told staff that:  “...staff who are eligible to receive occupational sick pay will do so from the first day of their absence.” Unite and many staff had raised to strong objections to the move to withhold sick pay for the first three days of sickness for and promoted staff... 

 

National apprentiship week & dead end construction apprentiships

National Apprenticeship Week 2017 is taking place from 6-10 March 2017, promoting apprenticeships and the positive impact they can have on individuals, industry, businesses and the wider economy...

 

Rough sleeper immigration raids & homelessness raids

Homelessness agencies including St Mungos are identified as complicit in immigration raids and a process that results in some of London’s most vulnerable people “disappearing into a nightmare of indefinite detention and deportation”, The Corporate Watch website reports today....

Leeds 'Hands Off Our Homes' Meeting - Saturday 25th March
A newly formed group has called a meeing to discuss the local housing crisis in Leeds and to develop a campaign for affordable solutions. All activists are invited to the planning meeting at10.30am – 3.30pm in Oxford Chambers, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AU

Pay: "Utterly shameful"
Shocking report shows UK nearly bottom for wage growth Housing associations have been booking record surpluses year after year while squeezing staff pay and conditions.  Reps from the sector sau enough is enough and are calling for 4% increases this year. But a new report shows the UK  coming in at 103rd out of 119 countries in a global ranking tracking wage growth since the financial crisis...

Stop benefit sanctions
National day of action against sanctions - Thursday 30th March 2017. The government’s despised benefit sanctions regime has pushed people into sleeping rough, a scathing report by MPs has concluded...

Housing Associations book record surpluses - again
English Housing Associations have produced a record surplus of £3.4 billion over the last year according to the latest ‘Global Accounts’ for the sector produced by the Homes and Communities Agency...

Clarion plan to deny sick pay for first three days of illness
Newly created housing association giant, ‘Clarion’ is planning an attack on staff terms and conditions meaning that staff will not receive occupational sick pay for the first three days of illness, regardless of length of service as Inside Housing report today

Housing Association workers and residents form network
Housing association residents gathered with housing workers...

New Sress guide from TUC and HSE
A new guide to tackling workplace stress using the health and safety executive management standards has been produced by the TUC and the Health and Safety executive...

Clarion staff vote for union recognition
In a management organised vote staff at Clarion have supported union recognition.  Around half the staff participated and a clear majority of 61.4% voted for recognition.  This follows an earlier vote of Unite members who voted 98% in favour of industrial action in support of union rights....

High heel probe
Report: discriminatory dress codes widespread...

Useful as a chocolate fireguard
Government strategy fails construction skills gap.  After six years of fiddling and relying on the so called invisible hand of the market...

Unite committed to union rights for Clarion staff
Staff concern as management disrupt lines of communication.  98% vote for industrial action to defend union rights. Disapointment that first move of new Clarion housing group is threat to union representation...

Money's too tight to mention
Succesful pay training day - It's probably no surprise to fellow members of the sector that whilst the housing sector grows richer, social house building is curtailed, our members wages are decreasing way below inflation....

End poverty pay at British Airways
Cabin crew working for British Airways ‘Mixed Fleet’ taking strike action over ‘poverty’ pay levels which are leading to crew sleeping in their cars between shifts...

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Branch Manifesto for Housing 
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About Our Branch

We organise across the housing sector, mainly in housing associations, private housing organisations, and umbrella bodies. We are an active and diverse community with around 3,000 members. We have supported members in many workplaces to improve pay, terms and conditions, and to fight against the race to the bottom in social care and housing. We take a campaigning approach to our activities, and have run a number of successful and high profile campaigns to fight injustice in the workplace. 


For further information contact Branch Secretary, Suzanne Muna - suz.muna.unite@gmail.com, or Branch Chair Paul Kershaw at kershawpaul@hotmail.com.

News

And The Winners Are ...
And The Winners Are ...
Alternative Housing Awards Surge to 718 Entries!
Alternative Housing Awards Surge to 718 Entries!
Clarion's Possible Partnership With GLA