Stonham pay offer fails to please staff

The UK’s biggest supported housing provider, Stonham, faces the possibility of industrial action as union members consider a management pay offer.

Trade union Amicus is holding a consultative ballot over a 2.55 per cent pay offer this year for lower paid staff and 2.5 per cent deal for the rest.

Its members last week rejected an across-the-board offer of 2.5 per cent, with the union calling for a 3.75 per cent increase.

The result of the consultative ballot is expected next week, after which Amicus may ballot for industrial action short of a strike.

The union has 1,100 members among Stonham’s 2,500 staff.

Stonham has 1,100 properties across the UK and its service users include single homeless people, people with mental health problems, care leavers, and women and children escaping domestic violence.

It announced 200 redundancies last year as part of a reorganisation made as a result of cuts in Supporting People funding.

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