Delegation from Lambeth Living – Save Our Sick Pay

Posted: March 8, 2013 by blackdaffodil in Cutswatch, Lambeth living
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599071_543001465730770_1280623140_n[below please find the speech from the delegate for Lambeth Living to the Mayor and Council on February 27th. I’m afraid the council wasn’t at all responsive, so you’ll be hearing more about this campaign…]

Mr Mayor, Councillors, thank you for agreeing to listen to me.

My name is Edward Owoyemi and I am the UNISON Convenor for Lambeth Living.

 

The managers in Lambeth Living have put forward proposals to reduce by half the sick pay entitlements of their staff.

We think that this proposal is irrelevant to the priorities of tenants and residents. The last tenants survey told us that their priorities are repairs and maintenance, being treated fairly and the quality of their homes.

Nothing about attacking housing workers’ sick pay.

Our members are opposed to reducing sick pay. It is an attack on workers when they are at their most vulnerable and could cause real hardship to real people. It is an attack on the entire workforce and, if it is not withdrawn, it is very likely indeed to lead to a dispute.

Why are they making this proposal?

I am afraid that we really don’t know.

We asked management if they could give us detailed information about how many staff had been off sick and for how long. We asked for this information more than three weeks ago.

We are still waiting.

We asked management if they could tell us what sick pay had cost Lambeth Living over the recent past. We asked for this information more than three weeks ago.

We are still waiting.

We asked management if they could tell us what they had done to comply with the public sector equality duty in coming up with these proposals. We asked for this information more than three weeks ago.

We are still waiting.

Lambeth Living have no business case for this proposal.

The have no equality impact assessment of this proposal.

They have set out to provoke and annoy their entire workforce.

And they don’t even seem to know why.

This would not be happening to us if we worked directly for you, the Council.

The trade unions have an agreement with the Council that you will not change the conditions of service of staff without trade union agreement.

We are here to ask you please to use your influence with Lambeth Living to encourage them to adopt a sensible and progressive approach to employee relations and to withdraw the threat to our sick pay.

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