Housing association faces staff walkout over pay

English Churches Housing, the country’s sixth largest housing association, is threatened with the closure of all its offices, projects and a call centre next Monday.

English Churches has not been involved in a strike for at least 10 years, but the Transport & General Workers’ Union (T&G) said staff had lost faith in senior management’s integrity in salary negotiations and is holding a staff ballot today on Monday’s potential walkout.

The T&G claims that association bosses offered staff a wage increase that was below the cost of living.

Paul Redgate, regional industrial organiser for the T&G, said: “The staff side, though restricting their industrial action to one day, hope to minimise the disruption to tenants while clearly indicating to executive directors that they are not prepared to allow English Churches to disregard the well-being of staff.”

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