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Housing maintenance workers in dispute

28 Aug 15 There is continuing industrial unrest at Staffordshire housing association Aspire Housing, with construction maintenance workers staging a 24-hour walkout on Tuesday 1st September.

The dispute concerns Aspire’s plans to cut workers’ terms and conditions from 1st October. The cuts include a reduction in sick pay, an increase in hours and the ending of tool allowances and insurance guarantees. Pay and holiday entitlement is also being slashed for new starters.

Next week’s walk-out follows four days of industrial action taken in July.

Ucatt regional secretary Shaun Lee said: “The company has refused to negotiate with unions and has refused to even enter into negotiations at ACAS. Given their stance the unions had no option to take further industrial action. Inevitably this will affect tenants, but it must be understood this has been caused entirely by the attitude of Aspire’s management.”

The proposed changes affect the organisation’s 103 manual workers. Ucatt is the main union with 73 members. Members of the GMB and Unite are also taking industrial action on the 1st September.

Aspire manages approximately 9,000 homes, 120 shops and 1,500 garages across Staffordshire and into Cheshire.

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