GMB Members Accept Pay Offer Including Living Wage Pledge At Hampshire Based First Wessex Housing Association
We look forward to addressing next year’s pay as soon as possible to establish exactly where we are following government changes says GMB.
GMB members employed by First Wessex housing association have accepted a revised pay offer of 1.25%, a further 1% non-consolidated sum plus the guarantee that no staff would earn less than a living wage.
The offer was accepted by an overwhelming majority. This followed changes to the Tory pre-election manifesto which are impacting on the sector.
First Wessex is a Hampshire-based housing association with over 950 staff providing homes and services within local communities throughout Hampshire and parts of Surrey. They manage and maintain around 20,500 affordable homes for rent or purchase; developing over 300 new homes each year.
Adrian Baker, GMB Regional Organiser, said “The offer of 1.25%, a further 1% non-consolidated sum plus the guarantee that no staff would earn less than the living wage was accepted by an overwhelming majority amidst a change impacting Housing Associations across the country in the manner of which they secure funding. Prior to the election much was said about support for this sector by the Tories however, post the election and mid pay talks a new raft of legislation has impacted Housing Associations everywhere with some potentially facing stark times ahead.
It really helps nobody when those asking employers, employees and the public to cut their cloth to suit their needs snatches back from your hands what was on offer once they have your vote. Thankfully some finance was set aside however the future may not be so rosy.
An original two year deal had to be withdrawn until the scale of change is fully taken on board and the impact evaluated following the governments change of position.”
Jack Brown, GMB Branch Secretary in Portsmouth, said “We have addressed pay for the time being and look forward to addressing next year’s pay as soon as possible to establish exactly where we are following the governments changes.”
Steve Lawes, GMB Branch President in Aldershot, said “We almost doubled the initial offer through strong membership and negotiation. As stewards we are proud that we have managed to achieve a workforce with a lowest rate being a living wage.“
Kevin Smith, GMB workplace organiser in Eastleigh, said “The deal that we have managed to achieve is considered a good one for the workforce and one which we will seek to build on for those in lower paid roles over the coming months and years.”
Contact: Adrian Baker 07841 071849 or Charles Harrity 07977 518042 or Michelle Goerdon 07866 369259 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880