Centrepoint staff to vote in second Unite strike ballot

Employees at the homelessness charity could walk out from 10 November in protest at proposed pay cuts and redundancies

Centrepoint
Centrepoint

The trade union Unite will begin a second strike ballot at Centrepoint this week that could result in staff walking out from November 10.

Unite, which represents 88 Centrepoint employees, balloted staff over strike action last month. Most respondents voted in favour, but Centrepoint successfully claimed the ballot had not been properly conducted.

Centrepoint has said it needs to cut pay and reduce its workforce after losing government contracts. It currently has 212 employees – Unite says 14 face redundancy and 100 are in line for pay cuts.

Centrepoint says pay cuts will be capped at 10 per cent. However, Unite claims some people may end up moving to different roles, which will result in larger cuts, and is unhappy that senior managers are being ringfenced from wage cuts.

Centrepoint said in a statement that over the past two years none of the four staff earning more than £60,000 had received a pay increase and therefore were not in line for pay cuts.

Seyi Obakin, Centrepoint chief executive, said: "We regret the need to restructure but it is necessary to continue the long-term existence of Centrepoint."

Both sides said they were open to negotiation through the conciliation service Acas.

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