Unite union members at homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway were set to begin a ten-day strike from 8am on Wednesday of this week.
At a union mass meeting last week the workers voted to escalate their dispute after a seven-day strike last month.
“The meeting was tense and there was a serious debate,” Unite convenor Adam Lambert told Socialist Worker. “But bar two abstentions, the vote was unanimous for a ten-day strike—it’s looking strong.”
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey told the meeting he would support their strike “in every way possible”.
Workers are furious that bosses imposed changes in July without any consultation.
Adam said, “They are slashing pay, terms and conditions of frontline workers while increasing their own pay.”
Unite regional officer Nicky Marcus said, “New chief executive Howard Sinclair’s increase is £30,000.”
The union says bosses are trying to sideline it but workers are joining in droves because the union is fighting back.
Adam said, “At least 70 have joined since we gave notice for the last strike and way over 200 since the dispute began.”
Solidarity has been crucial to the dispute. “It’s been fantastic and has boosted everyone,” said Adam. “It’s made it absolutely clear that our fight is not isolated but part of a wider fightback.”
Donate to the strike fund by BACS—Account Name: Unite Housing Workers Branch LE111, Account No: 20040639.
Or make cheques payable to Unite Housing Workers Branch LE111 and send to Unite LE111, send to PO Box 66701, London E11 9FB. Mark donations: St Mungo’s Broadway Campaign Funds.
For more information go to housingworkers.org.uk