Unite blasts Hackney Homes as electricians get set to strike
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government
The Unite union has blasted "stubborn" bosses at Hackney Homes for allegedly refusing to enter into talks to avert imminent strike action. In total, 21 electricians, employed by Hackney Homes, will strike on Friday and Monday.
The three-year dispute involves claims of large wage losses for the electricians. Unite, the country’s largest union, called for talks with reconciliation service Acas, but says that Hackney Homes has continually refused to negotiate.
The electricians are "unhappy and demotivated since having unrealistic targets imposed on them in November 2012", Unite said.
Unite regional officer Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: "Our members are very conscious that their actions will hit council tenants in Hackney who rely on the electrical systems in their homes to keep them safe and sound, as well as the risk that without maintenance, some residents could face a potential electrical blackout."