Update: Shelter statement on suspension of proposed industrial action

15 December 2014

Photo of Campbell Robb

Shelter have released a statement on the decision to suspend proposed industrial action for this week:

Campbell Robb said: 'Both sides have been working up to the wire to try to avert this week's strike action and are delighted that the efforts made on all sides have proved successful. We very much hope that union members will respond positively to the new offer now on the table.

'We have more people coming to us for help than ever before at a time when we are facing greater competition for donations and cuts to government funding for services. Therefore we increasingly face a simple but awful choice: continue to pay some new jobs above the typical salary, as we do currently, and face cutting some of our services and making some roles redundant, or pay the median salaries for new staff and maintain the number of people we are able to help.

'Decisions on these issues are tough and not ones any of us want to make. Along with the package of measures we were able to agree with the union, we were also pleased to reaffirm that we have no plans to review the pay rates of existing staff.

'Christmas is a crucial time of year for us, both in supporting people facing homelessness and raising the money to fund that support. We are delighted that as an organisation we can now ensure we are all fully focused on this vital work as we approach the festive season. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank those involved for the way these difficult discussions have been handled – that staff have respected each other's views and remembered that whatever happens we share the same mission to end homelessness and bad housing is a great credit to the organisation.'

    Notes:
  • The planned strike action for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday has now been suspended by Unite the Union and Shelter Shop Stewards.
  • A joint agreement with the Union will now be put to a members' vote.