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No Christmas Pay for Support Workers

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Families now struggling to buy presents for children and put food on table after ‘disgraceful’ behaviour by charity, union says.

Hard-working staff caring for vulnerable families are facing a bleak Christmas after a tax-payer funded private charity refused to cough up their December wages.

At least 11 family support workers at Birmingham“s Line Tree Childrens Centre will now struggle to buy presents and put Christmas dinner on the table.

The centre is run by the charity Freshwinds, who received more than £1million in donations and grants in the financial year 2014/15 – included around £850,000 from cash-strapped Birmingham City Council. [1]

Freshwinds claims it is not in danger of going bankrupt, despite spending £1.3million  last year and only receiving £1.2million [2]

After GMB stepped in, the charity forked out £500 to each member of staff – still leaving them around £600 out of pocket for Christmas.

GMB demands the company – whose chief executive earns more than £50,000 - pay their hard working carers.

Gillian Ogilive, GMB Organiser, said:

“For Freshwinds to treat their hard-working staff this way in the season of goodwill is nothing short of disgraceful.

“Christmas is a time when many people feel the financial pinch – and to suddenly find your December pay packet empty is a terrible strain on these workers and their families.

“GMB demands Freshwinds cough up now and stop ruining Christmas for our members.”


Contact: Gillian Ogilvie on  or at 07850768351



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