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Workers at Shelter take strike action

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2091

Pickets at the Old Street head office (Pic: Charlie Kimber)

Pickets at the Old Street head office (Pic: Charlie Kimber)


More than 450 workers at housing charity Shelter are striking today over management proposals to scrap incremental pay rises, increase working hours and downgrade posts.

The workers, members of the Unite union, voted by 211 to 78 for strike action.

The strike was solid at offices around the country.

At Shelter’s head office in London, up to twenty pickets gathered outside the main entrance.

Many of the workers said that they are particularly concerned at how the changes will affect the services they offer and the way they are delivered.

“The changes that management have implemented have already had an impact on services,” said Tony, who has worked at Shelter for seven years. “The attacks have also had a damaging effect on the morale of workers who primarily want to deliver quality advice and support.”

Pickets at the London office were joined by workers from other housing charities in the city who came to show solidarity.

Mark Maughan, a Unite steward at Passage day centre for homeless people in Victoria, told Socialist Worker, “We also work in the homeless sector. If the top executives at Shelter get away with these attacks on the workers, this is something we could see right across the sector.

“It is a very important strike, which is why we have turned out to support the strikers.”

Workers are set to strike again on Monday.

Send messages of support to shelterstewards@googlemail.com


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Wed 5 Mar 2008, 15:24 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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