Greenwich council housing repair workers suspend strike after pay victory

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One hundred and twenty housing repair workers at Greenwich council have suspended their five day strike action after securing a victory in a dispute over a new pay structure.

Those affected are carpenters, electricians and plumbers based at the Birchmere depot, Eastern Way, London SE28 8BF.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Following negotiations yesterday, the employers have agreed to amend their proposals in key areas.

“In summary, the instances where our members’ pay can drop will be minimised. There will be ‘pay protection’ and, most importantly, no imposition of any changes while talks continue.

“This will include a joint review with the earliest date for any change being March 2020. As a result, the strike action has been suspended.
“This was negotiated by the Unite Greenwich branch which has done an excellent job, not just to negotiate the agreement and secure a win, but it has also won a commitment to bring even more work back in-house.

“This should set an example to other Labour councils up and down the country to bring all work back under local authority management.

“We hope this resolution will herald a new era of better employment relations with the Royal Borough of Greenwich management.”