Housing Association News

Merger update

The Boards of Eastlands Homes and City South have agreed to go ahead with a proposed partnership that will come into effect from 1 April 2015.

The next steps will be to undertake ‘due diligence’, carrying out a detailed appraisal of both organisations to ensure there are no material issues which might lead to either organisation deciding not to proceed.

UNISON will of course be involved in all discussions, representing the best interests of our members in both organisations.

Pay awards

The Branch negotiates separately with each registered social landlord on pay. Here are some of the pay awards we have been involved in negotiating.

  • Northwards – 1%
  • Eastlands Housing – 2% with effect from 1st April 2014.
  • City South Manchester – 2% which was paid in November 2013 and back dated to April 2013.
  • Wythenshawe Community Housing Group have a 4% deal over two years. Members got the full 4% up front in 2013. We will be starting negotiations early next year for a new pay award.

Living Wage Campaign

We have just heard from one of our Housing Providers (HPs), Southway, that there will be a Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, taking place later this year on the 2nd-8th November and a number of HPs have pledged to support it.

UNISON will be looking to get involved so keep and eye on this site for more information as it comes through.

Vimal Gadher – Assistant Branch Secretary

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