Friday, 28 August 2015

Support Aspire workers – striking again to defend pay and conditions!

Aspire workers on strike July 2015

Aspire Housing workers in Newcastle, Staffs, members of the GMB, Unite and UCATT are being forced to take strike action for the fifth time to defend their pay and conditions.

They will take further strike action on Tuesday 1st September over plans to dismiss maintenance workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions.
 
Some workers stand to lose over £5,000 per year and face cuts to sick pay, removal of paid allowances, and on top of that are being asked to work extra hours says GMB
 
This while the top CEO at Aspire is being paid a staggering £154,000 a year! – an almost 30% increase over the last few years!
 
Colin Griffiths, GMB Organiser, said “GMB members will take further strike action on 1st September 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.”
 
Local Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition supporters are continuing to back 100% Aspire workers on strike.
 
We urge you to visit the picket line to show your support;
 
Tues. 1st September from 6am onwards
outside the Aspire Housing maintenance depot
Parkhouse Industrial Estate West
Brick Kiln Lane
Chesterton
ST5 7AS