Amicus members at Stonham to be balloted over industrial action

Amicus members at Stonham, the UK’s largest supported housing group, are to be balloted on industrial action short of a strike as a pay row rumbles on.


The company’s offer of a 2.55 per cent rise for project workers and those on lower grades has been rejected by three-quarters of Amicus members in a consultative ballot.


It will now hold an independent ballot on industrial action short of a strike.


Amicus organiser David Jones said the union also had a meeting scheduled with the company in early September.


“We’ve had positive relations with Stonham since 1993,” he said. “This is somewhere new for both of us. We would view industrial action as a failure.”


Stonham had initially offered staff a 2.5 per cent rise, but Amicus demanded 3.75 per cent.


The company has said it has suffered from cuts to Supporting People funding.


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

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