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The Socialist 6 June 2018 |
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East London housing workers fight privatisation of pay
Tower Hamlets housing workers strike 4 June, photo Hugo Pierre (Click to enlarge)
Tower Hamlets Socialist Party
Tower Hamlets Unison members started strike action for fair pay on 4 June.
They work for Tower Hamlets Community Housing and are walking out for two weeks.
The workers deserve fair pay from an increasingly uncharitable employer which behaves more like a private landlord.
According to Unison's Tower Hamlets branch, the new pay deal will depend on "market intelligence" from a private consultancy company to decide the rate of pay for each role, instead of staff being paid according to nationally agreed trade union and local government rates.
Rates will be "market tested" every two years with details on the range of salaries and pay for other roles deemed "commercially confidential" and hidden from staff.
Unison also claims promises that some staff would receive pay rises failed to sway workers, who voted to reject the scheme earlier this year.
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