Trade union predicts unrest

There will be a "wave of industrial unrest" among third sector employees unless rates of pay and working conditions are improved, a leading trade union has warned.

Unite, which represents about 60,000 employees in the community and not-for-profit sector, has predicted that anger at low pay and a lack of pension and training provision for third sector employees, could lead to widespread industrial action.

“The new competitive arrangement for contracts has led to a race to the bottom in terms of staff terms and conditions, such as no provisions for pensions and no in-service training,” said Doug Nicholls, national secretary for the voluntary sector at Unite.

He added that third sector employees were becoming frustrated at the “scale of pay cuts”.

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