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Leeds caretakers win substantial pay rise

Issue No. 2018

Caretakers working for Leeds North West Homes told Socialist Worker that they were “jubilant” after winning substantial pay rises - over 10 percent on their basic hourly rate.

The 13 caretakers, members of the Unison union, are employed by one of the arms length management organisation (Almos) that run housing in different areas of the city.

Workers employed by different Almos take home different amounts. Leeds North West Homes paid caretakers just £6.02 an hour. The workers struck for a day in August and threatened further action.

Gerard Murphy, a Unison steward representing the workers, said, “When we threatened further action, management agreed to meet us. We agreed to call off our action.

“In return for this, they offered to increase our rate by 67p an hour. This will be backdated to January 2005, including payments for overtime - so we’re expecting a nice sum.

“We had a three-pronged attack. This involved industrial action, publicity in Socialist Worker, in the Yorkshire Post and on the BBC, and the threat of legal claims for equal pay.”

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Sat 16 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2018
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