Shelter statement on Unite ballot on industrial action

3 December 2014

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Shelter has responded to Unite's decision to ballot its members on industrial action over the introduction of new pay scales for new Shelter staff.

Campbell Robb said: 'We are disappointed to learn that Shelter's union members have voted in favour of taking industrial action. While only a small proportion of our staff have voted in favour of strike action, we have developed contingency plans to ensure there is as little impact as possible on the services we provide.

'At Shelter we aim to pay a broadly typical market salary across all roles and we benchmark salaries regularly to help us achieve this. In doing so we have found we currently pay staff working in advice and support well above the salary for similar roles elsewhere, which with funding cuts and more competition for donors we cannot sustain.

'This leaves us with a simple but painful choice: keep the higher pay levels, cut our services and make some roles redundant, or maintain the number of people we help and reduce salaries for new staff. We always strive to be the best employer we can be, but in this instance we feel we have to put our ability to help those who need it first.'