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Charity workers fight pay cuts and dismissals

August 21, 2009

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Workers at the Brighton Housing Trust went on strike on 19. August, demanding negotiations and rejecting to work longer hours for less pay. About 40 staff and their supporters staged a rally outside BHT headquarters and then marched to Brighton Town Hall.

BHT, a homelessness charity working for the council, recently presented staff with new contracts that included pay cuts of £4,000 to £6,000, increased hours less sick pay, and less maternity leave. Charity bosses threatened those who didn’t want to sign the new contracts with dismissal.

“BHT, once an employer of choice, has moved to one of the most heartless, aggressive and bullying organisations”, said Unison branch secretary Alex Knutsen. “Some of our members who work with homeless people will face the loss of their homes due to these proposals.

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