Housing association to slash pay for care staff
Around 400 social care and support staff at Family Mosaic are facing pay cuts following the slashing of its supported housing budget.
The 20,000-home landlord launched a consultation process with all 1,500 of its employees this week, as all members of staff faced up to the prospect of increased working hours.
The pay cuts will be an average of 2 per cent, according to Family Mosaic chief executive Brendan Sarsfield. Public service trade union UNISON claimed that the proposed cuts ranged from ‘hundreds of pounds to nearly £11,000 per annum.’
Mr Sarsfield said that the consultation was launched after Family Mosaic experienced a reduction of around 10 per cent in its income from supported housing and care contracts.
In addition to the pay cuts, Family Mosaic is seeking to increase working hours for frontline staff from 35 to 37.5 hours.
UNISON has said that it is considering both strike and legal action in response to the move, which it claims has put 1,000 jobs under threat if they do not sign new contracts.
Nick Bradley, UNISON’s Essex regional organiser, called the cuts ‘devastating’ and branded management at the association ‘bullies’.
Mr Bradley added: ‘We know that some staff will not be able to survive on such cuts in their pay. It is notable that only the support staff and their local managers face these pay cuts while the senior management team continue to receive their comfortable salaries and benefits without cuts.’
But Mr Sarsfield rejected the claim that jobs were under threat, saying that all employees will be offered new contracts.
‘We have to end [existing] contracts to offer new ones,’ he explained. ‘Many associations have gone through these things before. UNISON are trying to suggest that jobs are being lost but they’re not; the jobs will still exist.’
The consultation process with staff is expected to continue for the next two weeks.