Metropolitan looks at care and support worker cuts
Public sector union Unison is opposing salary and staff reductions planned by Metropolitan housing association.
The 36,000-home landlord wants to reduce the number of job roles in its care and support services from 44 to 10.
It is also looking at whether to reduce the salaries of the 887 staff members working in the department by up to 40 per cent.
The changes are part of a 90-day consultation with the association’s care and support staff about their terms and conditions, job titles and profiles, and management and administrative structures. The consultation period is half way through.
Aniekan Umoren, Metropolitan’s executive director of customer services, explained money for care and support services had reduced ‘dramatically’ and 80 per cent of care and support costs were for staffing.
‘It is essential that we set pay at a rate that is comparable to the market,’ she said.
She added: ‘We recognise this is difficult time for the staff that are affected and appreciate the significant contribution made by Unison and our staff representative groups as part of the consultation process. Unison and staff representatives have been and continue to be fully involved in this process.’
The changes would not result in a reduction of front line staff numbers, she said.
Metropolitan also plans to introduce flexible contracts, and reduce management and administration posts.
Colin Inniss, regional organiser at Unison, said: ‘Our members at Metropolitan are very angry about this and rightly so. Unless the board sees sense and reconsiders its proposals we are heading for a serious dispute.’