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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 December 2020

Christmas redundancy shock at L&Q housing association

Unite the Union, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

Unite the Union, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Unite housing workers' branch LE1111

Workers at highly profitable housing association L&Q were shocked to be told of major restructuring and the threat of large-scale redundancies.

In recent months, they have been congratulated for their efforts to keep the organisation going through the pandemic, but now they will face restructuring and the threat of job losses.

The rumour among workers is that 20% cuts are in the pipeline. If this is untrue, Unite the union is calling on management to level with staff and spell out the real position immediately.

While the chief executive makes his Christmas plans knowing that his 344,097 a-year pay is secure, his workforce faces an anxious festive season, and the potential of a disastrous new year.

The organisation declared an annual surplus of 414 million in its last published accounts. It benefits from low interest rates, and only in October boasted of its most successful bond issue ever.

Despite this, staff were told that the rushed 'consultation' will proceed through the Christmas period so that redundancies can be completed by the end of the financial year.

There is no justification for ramming these changes through and no rationale for redundancies. Unite believes that L&Q bosses should fully consult both staff and residents, and stands ready to support workers in any action they wish to take.

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In The Socialist 16 December 2020:


News

Unemployment and Covid rising - the crisis is not over - Fight for jobs and safety

Mass testing - we need trade union oversight and full pay for all

Fight for NHS pay and funding

Rich countries hoarding vaccine is danger to us all

No to Tories' new anti-protest law

Maternity unit deaths - democratic, public ownership needed

Met police investigate British mercenary war crimes against Tamils

No surprise, poverty is rising


Education

Cancel exams for class of Covid

Welsh schools close for safety after union pressure

Effective testing and properly funded safety plan needed in schools

East London shows the way: strikes are how to fight for state education

Determined strikers at Leaways school


Workplace News

Openreach and EE: Massive vote for action

PCS union conference stripped of powers by NEC

Unite launch ballot over sacked London bus rep

Christmas redundancy shock at L&Q housing association

Stop 'fire and rehire' at British Gas


New Technology

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Book: The national question - a Marxist approach

School boy assaulted by police in Tottenham

TUSC relaunch in the north west

Protest against immigration enforcement centre in Newham

Tremendous fighting fund reflects confidence


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