Workers struck for three days at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) from Tuesday to Thursday of last week. The strike involved members of the Unite union at sites in central London and Manchester.
It was triggered by bosses’ refusal to share out bonuses more evenly. The HCA was created through mergers of other agencies. Some staff can get up to £9,000 bonus while others get none.
Unite rep Adrian Peacock told Socialist Worker that this has been a lightning rod for broader discontent.
“The middle levels of the organisation have fallen apart, and there’s now an increasing number of people at one end of the spectrum and a small group at the other,” he said. “Lots of people who once would have thought they weren’t so bad off are now starting to struggle because there’s no opportunities to advance and fewer permanent staff.”
Adrian said bosses’ refusal to negotiate had driven more workers to join the strike, including workers who had spoken against it.
“There’s been a much more emphatic vote for strikes than in previous action, and that’s translated into a much more solid turnout too,” he said.