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Get behind Shelter workers

by Euan Dargie
Issue No. 2100

Shelter workers struck across the country for 48 hours last week in defence of pay and conditions as well as against dismissals and management bullying.

The workers, members of the Unite union, are striking against a management plan that would mean downgrading many posts, the removal of incremental pay rises, and longer hours for no extra pay.

The attacks could mean cuts of up to £5,700 a year for some workers.

One Shelter worker on the Dundee picket line told Socialist Worker that management wanted to change their contracts so that

they would have to work an extra half an hour each day unpaid.

She also said that workers like herself, who refused to accept the changes to contracts, face dismissal and reemployment, losing length of service benefits.

She said, “Shelter workers provide a crucial service, fighting for tenants and homeless people. Those who come to work for the organisation do so because they want to make a difference to people’s lives.

“If we give in then people will exploit the voluntary sector.”

Make cheques payable to Shelter Strike Fund, Lloyds TSB Sort Code : 30-97-51 Account 1448336.

Send to c/o 48 Swindon Close, Gorton, Manchester.

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Tue 6 May 2008, 18:23 BST
Issue No. 2100
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