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Strike Ballot at Staffordshire Housing

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GMB OFFICIAL STRIKE BALLOT UNDERWAY AT ASPIRE HOUSING IN DISPUTE OVER CUTS TO PAY AND CONDITIONS

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

GMB members employed by Aspire Housing are taking part in an official strike ballot on their plans to dismiss maintenance workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions. The ballot result is due on Friday 3 July.

Members are holding a joint union meeting on 30 June at 7pm in Silverdale Working Men's Club, High Street, Stoke On Trent, ST5 6LY with over 100 employees expected to attend.

Aspire Housing manages around 8500 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 Aspire Housing is hell bent on attacking workers terms and conditions; some employees are losing over £5,000 per year, cutting sick pay, removing paid allowances, and on top of that asking employees 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.

In fact on Aspires own website, maintenance targets are being met and in some cases exceeding targets This is simply an attack on workers terms and conditions orchestrated by the managing director and the chief executive of Aspire, whose pay packets just seem to increase on a whim.

GMB is urging local Councillors, MP,s and the general public to support Aspires maintenance workers fight for social justice.

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Contact Colin Griffiths 07957 264612 or Samantha Jones 07939 874272 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

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