Shelter staff set for more strikes

Union officials at homelessness charity Shelter are expected shortly to announce two days of strikes at the end of May over new contracts that will increase working hours and abolish incremental pay increases.

After a strike last month, the charity offered staff £150 each plus a 'non-consolidated payment' equivalent to their expected 2008 incremental pay rise (Third Sector, 26 March).

But the results of a new strike ballot revealed that staff rejected the offer by 64 per cent to 35 per cent, based on a turnout of 56 per cent (Third Sector Online, 15 April).

Stewards told Third Sector that Shelter management had refused offers of further talks, so further strikes were the only option.

A Shelter employee who asked not to be named said that staff at regional union meetings held after the March offer was made were "furious and disappointed".

"This hardened our resolve not to be beaten down," the employee said.

Shelter was unavailable for comment as Third Sector went to press.

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