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News Updates

Updated! Health and Safety Toolkit!

Information about the rights of workers to appropriate protections and a safe working environment, particularly during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Unite on COVID19 and mental health

...60 per cent of workers are three months or less away from defaulting on their rent or mortgage, with 26 per cent just one month away...



Mental health issues top worker's lockdown concerns

...Unite is calling on employers to take a proactive approach to dealing with employees’ mental health challenges immediately as workers return to the workforce and begin to adjust to revised working conditions...

 

 

A Network of Protection for Housing Operatives

Unite activists from various housing associations have formed a network to help ensure that operatives and maintenance staff (eg. plumbers, electricians, and gas engineers), are able to work without putting their health at risk.

 

Branch Meeting - Unite & the Labour Party - 6pm on 12th May

Should Unite continue with affiliation to the Labour Party? If not, what are the alternatives. Join us for a discussion with special guest speaker, ex-Labour MP and Socialist Councillor for Coventry, Dave Nellist.

 

Smoke Pollution: A Call for Immediate Remedial Action

During the current respiratory pandemic, we've taken responsibility for protecting ourselves. But there is one thing we have no control over: the air we breathe. Wood burners and bonfires are a silent killer which can be stopped.

 

Clarion Housing: sign petition against cruel sacking of disabled worker

...stands out as a model of inappropriate and cruel behaviour and should be a warning to all Clarion employees of the lows to which their employer is prepared to stoop...

 

Covid19 and Domestic Abuse: Join the email campaign

...help us put pressure on the government to respond with positive action for survivors of domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls by joining our email campaign...

 

COVID19: Centrepoint staff want their voice to be heard

...widespread concern that these pressures were putting safety at risk and the voice of frontline staff was not being heard...

 

Fighting for our Lives! 

Branch hosts open meeting for maintenance staff and building operatives. The meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday 4th May, and you will need to register to attend.

 

People still sleeping rough: read about it, sign the petition

...Homeless people are more likely to have poor health and underlying health conditions and are at greater risk from COVID 19. Only through placing people in accommodation where they have the ability to self-isolate can they reduce their own risk of infection and possibility of transmission to others...

 

COVID 19 testing needed for construction workers

 

...including construction workers in the government’s testing regime is “one of a number of measures necessary to prevent the spread of Covid19...

 

28th April - Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

Across the trade union movement, workers will be holding a minute's silence at 11am on Tuesday 28th April, International Workers Memorial Day.

 

Housebuilding must not be put before health

Unite has warned that there are growing fears that building new homes is being put ahead of the health and welfare of construction workers and their families...

 

Fighting for a 'Corona Bonus'!

Since the Corona virus epidemic, Housing workers have shown how essential they are to the health and well-being of society. Now it's time for employers to pay a Corona Bonus.

 

 

 

 

COVID regulations unsafe: Unite launches hotline

Unite has warned the government that the latest guidance on how construction sites should operate during the current COVID-19 pandemic, is unsafe and places construction workers at unnecessary risk...

 

Unite Victory: MTVHA Redundancies Halted!

Unite members at MTVHA have secured a welcome victory in the case of two members who were due to be made redundant. Our thanks to all who got involved and signed the petition.

 

Coronavirus: rights for 'vulnerable workers'

...Unite solicitor Alys Cunningham explains what your rights are as a worker who is ‘at-risk’ – that is, those who have certain health conditions like diabetes who make them more vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus...

 

Coronavirus: testing must include homlessness workers

...People who are homeless some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 as they are more likely to have poor health and underlying conditions that place them at risk. For a keyworker in a hostel it is normal to speak to many clients in one day. Studies have shown that the large majority of those infected are asymptomatic, staff may be unwittingly exposing vulnerable people to the virus...

 

Unite: lack of PPE is national scandal

...NHS and social care staff could legitimately and lawfully decline to put themselves in further danger and risk of injury at work...

 

St Mungo's staff - rising health and safety concerns

...Shocking cases of unsafe ‘guidance’ from senior managers have been left uncorrected and members feel they are placed in serious and unnecessary danger...

 

We demand to be safe - negotiation not imposition

...When employers fail in their responsibility to provide safe ways of working, we will robustly support action taken by our members to achieve this....

 

Lack of social distancing for Mears houisng maintenance workers

...“a business as usual” approach is placing the health of workers employed on housing maintenance contract in Kent and Sussex in danger during the coronavirus pandemi...

 

Why I became a health and safety rep

...members who had not seen themselves as activists are stepping up to play a bigger role. Union health and safety reps are playing a particularly crucial role and below one new rep puts out a call for still more reps...

 

Unite will leave no worker behind

...that is the message workers are hearing as they turn to the collective protection of their trade union in this time of unprecedented turmoil...

 

Open Letter to Housing Minister: Protect Our Maintenance Workers

Representatives from Unite @ Thirteen Group and the Unite Housing Workers Branch jointly called on the Housing Minister Robert Jenrick and other key agencies to meet Unite and the Social Housing Action Campaign over protections for maintenance staff during the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Safety agreement for homelessness workers

...No organisation large or small should put the health of its staff or homeless people at risk, this agreement shows what can be achieved. The argument of lack of resources is not acceptable when it comes to people's lives and should always be challenged, fighting trade unions are crucial in this task...

 

Cornoavirus: Unite opposes inferior construction safety advice

...Unite has many concerns about the CITB advice, as it is a very condensed version of the Site Operating Procedures. For example the CLC operating procedures clearly state: “If a site is not consistently implementing the measures set out below, it may be required to shut down.” The CITB tool box talk does not contain such a warning...

 

St Mungo's must pay £18,000 to victimised former employee

...The staff member had raised concerns regarding equal pay. An employment tribunal concluded last year that the homelessness charity had victimised Leigh Andrews when she was refused work as a locum worker...

 

Unite LE1111 in call to support domestic violence service

Urgent action for Domestic Violence suvivors needed during #COVID19 energency. Unite housing workers join call. Read more about defending vital charities...

 

Please Sign Our Petition "MTVHA: Stop the Sacking" 

Andrew Bindi is an employee of MTVHA and is threatened with redundancy on Wednesday 1st April 2020, flying in the face of government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and at a time when the prospects for securing alternative employment are almost zero. 
Please sign our petition here.

 

Unite: Social care workers must be provided with full protection

Nationally, Unite which represents thousands of members in social care is warning that the sector is at breaking point and workers do not even have basic personal protective equipment (PPE)...

 

Govt urges 'at risk' groups to stay at home including workers

The government have announced they will write to ‘at risk groups’ during the crisis saying they should take twelve weeks away from work...

 

Unite: extend wage assistance to self employed

...Gail Cartmail, added: “Once again we have been provided with a clear example of how the industry does not take the welfare of its workers seriously, with profits rather than people being its bottom line.”

 

Plea to chancellor - UK workers need income guarantees now to avert economic collapse

Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has urged the government today (Thursday 19 March) to act now to reassure working people that their incomes will be guaranteed if they are laid off from work because of the coronavirus pandemic...

 

Unite calls off final day of St Mungo’s picket lines in response to Coronavirus crisis

Unite has said that it is calling off the final day of planned picket lines and rallies tomorrow (18 March) in the St Mungo’s strike in response to the latest government Covid-19 advice and is urging members to keep safe and strike from home...

 

TUC guidance on coronavirus

We had a good discussion on coronavirus at our highly succesful branch agm on Saturday...

 

St Mungo's worker ‘We just want to be listened to’

Homeless people are among the most vulnerable groups in society – indeed while the average person in the UK can expect to live well past 75, the average rough sleeper in Britain will be lucky to live to celebrate their 45th birthday...

 

St Mungo’s CEO slammed for weaponising coronavirus

Unite has warned the CEO of the homeless charity St Mungo’s, Howard Sinclair, to ‘stop blaming staff for your leadership mistakes’ as hundreds of workers get set for three days of strike action from Monday (16 March)...

 

Cornovirus: full pay for Sanctuary self isolating workers

...when Sanctuary viciously attacked the terms and conditions of workers last year including sick pay Unite pointed out that a direct consequence of this would be that some staff would be forced to attend work despite being unwell to avoid losing pay. Workers attending work when they are sick would put infirm elderly residents needlessly at risk of infection...

 

St Mungo's worker writes: Why I am Striking

...At some point we have to be brave enough to say stop. Enough is enough. We cannot keep cutting and cutting and hoping that despite that our clients will stop dying. At some point we have to take the cogs out of the machine. I hope you will join us in that...

 

Coronovirus: sick pay from day one call

The threat of a coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have exposed insecurity in the workplace as many workers face the prospect of being forced to stay home without pay...

 

St Mungos: one workers experience of it's sickness policy

...The organisations HR department repeatedly unite managers, union reps and staff in horror at their malevolent approach...

 

St Mungos: ‘No option but to walk out’

Workers at the homelessness charity St Mungo’s are gearing up for three days of strike action from March 16 to 18 inclusive, after last ditch talks, under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas, failed to resolve a row over job security and a reinstatement of race to the bottom terms and conditions...

New Unite briefing on Social Housing Pension Scheme

Unite's pension advisor, John Neal has prepared a new briefing on the biggest pension scheme in the housing sector...

 

New money “doesn’t repair the damage done by years of austerity”

The ‘disgraceful’ number of rough sleepers across the country demands a joined-up government response which has been lacking over a decade of Tory rule, Unite said today...

 

Clarion housing pushing people into poverty when they retire

“This is a slap in the face to the hundreds of workers who have worked hard and paid into the defined benefit schemes on the promise of a secure income for life. With this hike Clarion’s is pricing members out of a decent pension..."

 

Making a Point at Peabody

Protestors gathered outside Peabody Head Office on Wednesday 19th February to make the point that cuts to the community and neighbourhood services cost lives, and are counter-productive.

 

 

EU rough sleepers and the NHS

Most at the frontline have at one time or another received a phone call to say a rough sleeper they knew has died...

 

Humans forgotten

Unite has criticised a new report on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in public services for failing to discuss the real threat to public sector jobs...

 

Heart unions week: Unite calls for legislation to prevent sexual harassment at work

A strong majority of people believe the #MeToo movement has allowed them to be more open about sexual harassment...

 

First home discounts: investment in public housing still needed

Government plans to give key workers 30 per cent discounts on their first homes must be balanced with a council housing strategy...

 

Rough sleepers bin shelter ‘dangerous and offensive'

A supposed shelter made of two wheelie bins designed by a multimillionaire to help rough sleepers is ‘dangerous and grossly offensive’...

 

Local government pay: 2% offer rejected

The three unions have now called on the local government employers to think again and come up with a better offer so talks can continue as soon as possible.

 

Protest to Restore Neighbourhood Services - at Peabody and across the sector!

Peabody is cutting its neigbourhood services, losing vital skilled and experienced staff and burdening the remaining staff with unreasonable workloads. Join us for a protest to send a message across the sector: 4.30pm, Wednesday 19th February, Peabody Group Head Office, 45 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.
 

St Mungos: 83% vote for strike action

Unite members in St Mungo’s have voted to strike unless management comes to its senses. They have voted to defend their terms and conditions and to fight deskilling and undermining services to vulnerable clients...

 

Unite supports Long-Bailey and Burgon for Labour Leader

After widespread discussion thoughout the union and in our branch Unite agreed to nominate candidates for leader and deputy leader of the Labour Party. Here our branch secretary Suzanne Muna, who is an elected lay member of the executives analyses the process and maps out a way forward....

 

Unite immigration helpline

 

Cost of living crisis

"..wages would have been 27% higher by now if the pre-crisis trend had continued.."

 

Grenfell suppliers request for immunity is a disgrace

“If the companies involved in installing the cladding knew it was flammable and unsafe and then allowed it to be installed anyway they should of course be prosecuted"

 

Unite support for Enfield ‘no cuts’ councillor Tolga Aramaz

The Regional Committee of Unite has voted to support the stand of Enfield Labour councillor Tolga Aramaz in Enfield who is refusing to vote for cuts budgets. The resolution calls on other councillors to take the same stand as Tolga...

 

Unite appeals to St Mungo’s board

...dispute over the tearing up of the junior staffing cap agreement, which risks reinstatement of ‘race to the bottom’ terms and conditions, as well as overly harsh sickness and disciplinary policies...

 

Conflicted Grenfell adviser must withdraw from inquiry demands Unite

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, which is supporting 65 core participants at the Grenfell Inquiry has written to Benita Mehra, who was appointed as an expert adviser to the inquiry by the prime minister shortly before Christmas, urging her to “recuse” herself from the hearing...

 

More concern at St Mungos 'eroding' workers organisation

...Both the aim of eroding the independent voice of St Mungo’s staff, and the expense of engaging an expensive consultancy to achieve that aim are clearly inappropriate...

Unite campaigns to challenge the rise of the far-right

In recent years the far right has remerged in Britain and across the Europe... They are using people’s unhappiness at the loss of services and affordable housing to try to divide our communities and set neighbour against neighbour...

 

Unite marks Holocaust Memorial Day

...Holocaust Memorial Day is an especially important day for trade unions because “trade unionists were among the first to come under attack as the fascists came to power in the 1930s” with “trade union leaders among the first to be sent to concentration camps”...

 

Working from home: who pays?

Working from home is becomming increasingly common in our sector...

 

St Mungos: Unite reps say vote yes

...Unite is re-balloting members for strike action, after missing the legal threshold in the last ballot a by single vote...

 

Bring Sanctuary Care contracts in-house

Unite is urging local authorities who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘back in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its care homes.

 

Survey Says: Associations Fail Workers and Communities!

At the end of 2019, the Social Housing Action Campaign (SHAC) conducted a survey of tenants and residents, asking respondents to rate the service they received from their landlord. We report the shameful results here.

 

Bite Sized Bargaining: ‘Hot-desking'

...it is becoming increasingly common for management to introduce ‘hot-desking’ into offices – particularly in tandem with flexible working arrangements...

 

Unite calls on St Mungos boss to stand down

Unite has called on Howard Sinclair, CEO of homelessness charity St Mungo’s, to step down immediately after a misdirected email revealed that the charity had worked with a top London PR agency on a strategy to stop people joining the union and ‘erode [its] support’, during this summer’s industrial dispute...

 

Modern day slavery in the construction industry

Unite is calling for fundamental changes in the way that the construction industry is organised and for the introduction of licensing of gangmasters, following a major exposure of how modern day slavery operates in the industry...

 

New poll: mass social rent house building is vote winner

...Housing was even said to be the second most important local issue after the NHS among the ‘undecided’ and ‘Labour leavers’...

 

Legal battle over bogus self employment in construction

...claims which are being taken by Unite’s Strategic Cases Unit are on behalf of 42 Unite members and are lodged against five different Munnelly companies...

 

Labour declares “moral mission” to end rough sleeping

Labour pledge: *5,000 more hostel spaces + making every hostel fit for purpose *8,000 homes for rough sleepers under Housing First model *£1bn per year into outreach services...

 

Replying to Peabody on 'social mission'

Responding to Inside Houisng article; Hope they reverse their cuts to community safety, housing management and domestic violence services + meet pay claim for care & support staff!

 

Unite demands stronger asbestos legislation

...think tank found that workers and members of the public are being put at risk by inadequate UK legislation. The report found that a child in the UK can be legally exposed to 10 times as much asbestos as they can in European countries such as France or Germany...

 

Raising the bargaining bar

Delegates at Unite’s sector conferences in Brighton have been meeting this week to discuss the formation of industry-wide responses to issues like insecure work, outsourcing and automation...

 

The Guardian: Why isnt homelessness election priority? A response

The question posed in the headline to your article "Britain has a horrific homelessness crisis. Why isn't it an election priority?" could have been written by many homelessness workers...

 

'When Labour wins we all win'

...This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to elect a government that gives working people hope. We must fight for it with all we have...

 

Time to be honest about housing

For decades terms like 'affordable,' 'social,' 'mixed' have been used as cover for market failures in housing - it's time to move on from those schemes and commit to a real solution: council housing. Branch members Glyn Robbins has this in Tribune.

 

Meridian Water call for truly affordable council homes

Unite housing workers welcome call by Cllr Aramaz to delay Meridian Water capital spending decision until after election...

 

Peabody surplus up – but pressing ahead with brutal cuts

Peabody Housing today announced a £14 million rise in it’s surplus in the last six months taking it to £67 million...

 

Pay claim for Peabody Care and Support

Some of Peabody Housing staff in its Care and Support Directorate have received no pay increase for six years...

 

Victimised St Mungos Worker Speaks - Branch Meeting - 12th November, 6pm, Unite HQ

St Mungos continues to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. It was recently found guilty of victimising a worker for bringing an equal pay claim. The worker will describe how she ultimately won justice, and what the case says about St Mungos executives’ ethical values.

 

St Mungos apologise for sharing rough sleeper information

St Mungo’s Chief Executive Howard Sinclair has apologised for sharing information about migrant rough sleepers with the Home Office saying, “The executive team takes full responsibility for this and is sorry it happened.” It appears that the board has not taken action to replace any executives and there have been no resignations...

Strike ballot at Peabody Housing

Peabody housing plan £1 million cuts to housing management budgets by March 2020 with potentially devastating consequences to residents and workers. Unite members have voted overwhelmingly to start a formal strike ballot.

 

Pay victory for Greenwich housing workers

About 120 housing repair workers at Greenwich council have suspended their strike action...

 

Unite reps success confronting workplace Brexit challenge

Major new research shows that Unite members are working together to successfully confront the challenges Brexit is presenting in workplaces up and down the country...

 

 

Greenwich housing repair workers to strike

Threatened with 20% cut in pay

 

HousingAssociation bosses pay up 3.61% this year

...not many of their worker or residents will have received anything like this increase...

 

Equal Pay: St Mungos victimise female worker

...St Mungos had victimised a staff member following her submission of an equal pay questionnaire.  The HR director had told the staff member that she would never work in the organisation again...

 

Workers at north west housing association vote to strike

Unite housing maintenance workers at,the north west based housing association ‘ForViva’ have voted to strike with a 90.6% majority...

 

Greenwich council housing repair workers vote to strike

...members had voted by 95 per cent for strike action over a plan to introduce a new pay structure which will cut pay by 20 per cent...

 

Unite report exposes Universal Credit

The survey of 1,173 Universal Credit claimants found that 70% had skipped meals and 42 per cent had been forced to use a food bank as result of claiming Universal Credit.

 

Firefighters important new report on Grenfell

The expertise of firefighters “has mostly been substituted with management consultants, industry lobbyists and chief fire officers” operating in a political climate that has “emphasised the need for reducing regulation driven by central government”, the report concludes...

 

Climate Strike: 20th September 2019

This week, Unite Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner joined many other union leaders when he called on the trade union movement to back school climate change strikes on 20 September. See our advice on taking part safely.

 

Unite at Notting Hill Genesis off to a Flying Start

We report on the first planning meeting of Notting Hill Genesis activists.

 

St Mungos: Why I'm voting yes for action

...This strike is about similar issues to the strike in 2014. The success of that strike has protected terms and conditions since then and we need to stand together now so that they remain protected...

 

Unite launches silica register

Silica dust (respirable crystalline silica) is created when cutting, grinding, drilling or polishing, natural substances such as rocks and sand and is also a major constituent in bricks, tiles, concrete and materials...

 

St Mungos in industrial action ballot

Management walked out of the last negotiations at the ACAS conciliation service...

 

St Mungos urged to investigate victimisation claim

Unite is today urging Robert Napier, the chair of the board of the homeless charity St Mungo’s, to carry out an immediate investigation into an allegation of victimisation of a lead Unite representative...

 

Strike ballot at St Mungos

Unite has expressed disappointment at the collapse of talks at ACAS to resolve the dispute over the changes to terms and conditions at the St Mungo's homeless charity and will now move to ballot its members for industrial action...

 

Mark Francois MP to Raise Unite @ Sanctuary Issues

Mark Francois MP has agreed to raise the detrimental contract changes being threatened by Sanctuary Care on behalf of our members working in the service.

 

Peabody Reps Win Safety Victory

Unite reps at Peabody have successfully challenged the practice of refusing paid sickness leave for operatives in a case that clearly demonstrates the empowerment of staff through an organised union.

 

Unite in further ACAS talks with St Mungos management

...The charity’s refusal to row back on plans to abolish the junior staffing cap agreement, as well as its draconian disciplinary and sickness policies, are a major sticking point for Unite members...

 

Grave concern about leadership of homelessness agancies

...Earlier this month The Observer revealed that the Home Office has drawn up a new secret programme using homelessness charities to acquire personal information that could result in deportation. This appears to be a plan to revive aspects of the ‘hostile environment’ approach by dodging the law...

 

Next Steps for Unite @ Centrepoint

Unite @ Centrepoint is consulting members on the next stages in its pay campaign.

 

Unite @ Sanctuary Deputation to Greenwich Councillors

They were the five incredibles, five women who refuse to accept the claims of their employer that they must accept inferior terms and conditions!

 

Unite joins new campaign to end sexual harassment at work

...Statistics from the TUC show that more than half of women, and 7 in 10 LGBT people, have been sexually harassed at work. But a majority of victims are reticent to report incidents because there is no safe and effective system in place to meaningfully address harassment...

 

Cautious welcome to new CITB bricklaying training scheme

"...Due to the lack of onsite experience the trainees can’t obtain an NVQ, which is the only recognised qualification in the industry..."

 

Sanctuary Care Members Meet Clive Efford MP

Representatives from three Sanctuary Care homes in Greenwich met with Clive Efford MP to outline grave concerns about proposed cuts to their working conditions which they believed would also be detrimental to the vulnerable residents they care for.

 

Shocking stress and low morale in housing associations

...survey commissioned by Unite of more than 300 housing association workers found that a strong majority, 62 per cent, reported that their pay had not kept up with the cost of living...

 

BAME disciplinaries at St Mungos

...Despite repeated assurances from senior management that disciplinary measures against BAME staff are decreasing, recent statistics show that the number of disciplinaries against BAME staff have increased from 34% in 2018 to 57% in 2019...

 

Grenfell Anniversary Event - 14th June

Please join us from 6.15 at the Grenfell Tower and wear something green.

Calling All Unite Sanctuary Members!

Sanctuary Housing Group has continued with its plan to reward long-serving, hard-working frontline staff, who care for vulnerable residents and service users, by threatening to cut their pay, terms and conditions. Our Unite @ Sanctuary members are uncowed, and gearing up for the next set of actions.

Unite statement on BBC Panorama 'care in Crisis'

"This has to end. The UK is the fifth biggest economy on the planet.  We can and should find the money to treat our vulnerable with dignity and fairly reward those who care for them too.”

Preventing violence: Unite calls for statutory duty

Unite has submitted its response to the Home Office's draft plans for a new legal duty to support a multi-agency approach to preventing and tackling serious violence...

St Mungos update

...Unite is in dispute with St Mungo’s over 10 key issues related to senior management’s attempts to get rid of an agreement and reinstate ‘race to the bottom’ terms and conditions...

 

Transforming the estate I work in

Branch member Glyn Robbins writes in the current issue of Tribune.

 

Housing association cuts working week

A London housing association is to cut working hours with no loss of pay, bucking the trend in social housing...

 

Unite @ Centrepoint Pay Survey Now Open!

Unite @ Centrepoint has launched a survey of members to consult on the latest offer from the executive, and find out whether members will agree to strike action.

 

Inflation hits 3% pay falling behind

"...Professional HR departments will be well aware of reports such as this. Unite reps will be reminding them of the implications and campaigning to ensure that housing association staff know about the employer’s ability to pay and the clear evidence of rising prices..."

 

Voices need to be heard - youth service cuts

For many years the government and local authorities have neglected the Youth; we’re expected to be docile, to not question their authority or our rights, and allow our futures to be decided for us or have them be destroyed...

 

70% of LGBT people sexually harassed at work

Shocking evidence in new TUC report

 

Drastic service cut at Peabody

Despite profits of £175m announced in the 2018 Peabody annual report, staff in its award winning and highly valued Community Safety Team (CST) were left reeling this week, by the announcement that the team’s role will be deleted by July 1st 2019 as part of a £1m savings target.

 

Blacklisting: 'historic' million pound plus settlement

Unite has settled its current long running blacklisting case against the construction companies who systematically ruined the lives of their workers...

 

Mental health awareness week

There are many ways in which work can exacerbate poor mental health, and these can include the threat of redundancies, reorganisations, overwhelming workloads, being expected to do more with less, low paid jobs, discrimination or the uncertainty of change which can all make things worse.

 

Sanctuary Care staff bullied by managers

Staff in care homes managed by Sanctuary Care in Greenwich have been threatened and bullied by managers in a crude response to discontent at the housing association’s proposals to attack pay and conditions.  Unite intially raised its concern at the bullying with senior management some time ago, reminding them of workers legal right to join a union of their choice. Unfortunately, despite assurances harassment has continued; in one case a manager ripped up Unite leaflets circulating in a care home.

 

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Unite: construction procedures put workers at risk
Unite: construction procedures put workers at risk
Unite: construction procedures put workers at risk
Unite: construction procedures put workers at risk
Rough sleeping: with resources real change is possible
Rough sleeping: with resources real change is possible