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Stoke Workers Strike over pay

Thursday, July 16, 2015

GMB OFFICIAL STRIKE ON MONDAY 20TH JULY AT ASPIRE HOUSING IN STOKE IN DISPUTE OVER CUTS TO PAY AND CONDITIONS

Some workers are losing over £5,000 per year, face cuts to sick pay, removal of paid allowances, and on top of that are being asked to work extra hours says GMB

GMB members employed by Aspire Housing will take strike action on Monday 20th July over plans to dismiss maintenance workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions. Members voted for action in a ballot that closed on Friday 3rd July.

Pickets will be placed at the depot as follows:

from 6am Monday 20th July.

Aspire Housing

The Depot

Brick Kiln Lane

Chesterton

Stoke On Trent ST5 7AS

GMB members with flags and banners will be there. For media the best time for photos will be 9am.

Aspire Housing manages around 8,500 properties mainly in Newcastle-under-Lyme, but also in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and South Cheshire. It also manages around 500 properties for Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society.

Colin Griffiths, GMB Organiser, said “GMB members will take strike action on Monday 20th July over Aspire Housing attacks on terms and conditions.

Some workers are losing over £5,000 per year, face cuts to sick pay, removal of paid allowances, and on top of that some are being asked to work extra hours.

Aspire Housing talk about consulting with trade unions - as far as the GMB are concerned, this process has been smoke screens and mirrors and nothing to do with improvements to the service but all about saving money on wages and pensions.

GMB is urging local councillors, MP’s and the general public to support Aspire’s maintenance workers fight for social justice.”

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Contact Colin Griffiths 07957 264 612 or Samantha Jones 07939 874272 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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