Union agrees to ballot staff for strike
A housing association could be hit with strike action after union members agreed to go ahead with a vote for industrial action.
Family Mosaic Housing Association faces an uncertain period over Christmas after Union members at the landlord voted in favour of a formal ballot for strike action.
The feud between workers and the association centres on claims that around 400 social care and support staff at the 20,000-home landlord are facing pay cuts.
It is claimed that 1,500 front line staff also face working increased hours after Family Mosaic took steps following the slashing of its supported housing budget.
The union further claims that staff members based in Essex and London who do not agree to the changes face being dismissed.
Colin Innis, regional organiser for London Unison believes that Family Mosaic is expecting bottom level workers to take the brunt of pay cuts and that the company has given little thought to the impact of cuts to workers and their families.
He said: ‘The pain of these pay cuts and increased working hours will only be experienced by front line staff, senior management have exempted themselves and protected their pay from any reductions.
‘All care and support and general housing staff will be contemplating a difficult 2012; whilst for senior management it will be a case of business at usual, a point which highlights the opportunistic nature of their proposals.
‘This is something which should worry Family Mosaic’s service users. Imposing harsh changes demoralises a workforce and cannot but affect the quality of service delivery. Whilst Unison remains committed to achieving negotiated change, management’s intransigence has left us with no alternatives other than to conduct a formal ballot for strike action and to pursue legal action.’
The formal ballot will be held in early January and if the motion is passed, there will be a strike at the end of the month.
Family Mosaic has previously said that the proposals would not lead to job losses but would maintain quality services and still offer a competitive employment package to all staff.