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St Mungo’s housing workers get set for seven-day walkout

Issue No. 2425

Workers at housing charity St Mungo’s Broadway were set to walk out for seven days on Friday of this week.

The Unite union members are fighting a pay cut for new starters and attacks on the policies and procedures that determine their terms and conditions.

St Mungo’s Broadway was formed by a merger of St Mungo’s with the smaller Broadway. 

The result, according to Unite, has been a board dominated by former Broadway bosses who are now imposing significant changes on former St Mungo’s workers through a “retrospective consultation”.

These include worse terms and conditions, the removal of pay and job evaluation from collective bargaining, inferior rates for new starters and for existing staff in re-structures, and repeated breaches of the union recognition agreement.

Some 355 workers voted for strikes by 96 percent in a ballot that ended last week.

Nicky Marcus, Unite regional officer said, “This ballot result is unprecedented in this sector. It shows how passionately our members feel about protecting not only their jobs but their clients and the future of their charity. 

“Many have worked for St Mungo’s for decades. 

“They won’t stand by and watch the heart and soul being ripped out of their organisation.”

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Tue 14 Oct 2014, 17:19 BST
Issue No. 2425
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