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Shelter staff under attack from management

Senior management at housing charity Shelter are attempting to implement the most serious attack on staff pay and conditions in Shelter's 41 year history. If pushed through, these cuts will also fundamentally change the way in which Shelter delivers its services.

A Shelter worker

It will transform Shelter, which was built on the back of the 1966 television film Cathy Come Home to campaign against bad housing and homelessness, into an organisation which prioritises chasing government contracts above all else. The vast majority of Shelter's dedicated staff are fundamentally opposed to these changes.

Management are pressurising staff to accept the abolition of incremental pay, an extension of the working week, downgrading of posts and a massive reduction in salary protection for redeployed staff.

Staff are now being told they must sign to 'agree' a reduction in their terms and conditions.

If they refuse to sign, management are threatening to implement the changes without consent by sacking staff and offering re-employment on new contracts with reduced terms and conditions.

These attacks have dragged down staff morale. Like many in the not-for-profit sector, staff have willingly made financial sacrifices to work in this field because it is important to them.

We are extremely angry that our senior management team now tell us our pay and conditions are too generous. They earn top-tax bracket salaries.

Senior management claim that there is 'no more money', we are 'too expensive' and there is a need to reduce core costs.

They say we live in a 'contract environment' where Shelter has to compete for statutory funding sources.

We don't agree that statutory contracts should be obtained at any price, nor are they a major portion of Shelter's income.

These contracts mean a 'race to the bottom' in terms of staff pay and conditions of those organisations who bid for them.

Shelter staff are concerned at being told there is no more money for services, yet there appears to be money for highly paid consultants and a swanky refurbishment of the head office.

Each of management's proposals hits different sections of the workforce but all will undermine Shelter's work and our conditions. That is why we are standing together, calling on management to withdraw their "organisational changes" in their entirety.

  • Send messages of support to union members in Shelter: and c/o Alan Scott, TGWU, Woodberry, 218 Green Lanes, N4 2HB.
  • Send messages of protest to Shelter's senior management team: Adam Sampson, Shelter, 88 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HU . Ask that it be forwarded to the Board of Directors and copy it to Shelter stewards at the above address.
  • Pass resolutions in your trade union branches supporting stewards and condemning these attacks.

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International socialist news and analysis

Bolivia at breaking point

Workplace analysis

NUT national executive: Left fighter stopped from standing

More work for less pay

Socialist Party workplace news

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Cadburys close Keynsham factory

Council spends thousands fighting workers' pay claims

No more stooge union reps!




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