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Strike called off

December 09 2011
Centrepoint and union reach agreement


Staff at youth homelessness charity Centrepoint called off a series of strikes planned for November after agreeing to a new offer on pay and working conditions.

The charity is restructuring its services after losing funding from local authorities. Planned pay cuts and longer hours for staff had resulted in an increasingly bitter seven-month dispute.

Unite, the union which represents 88 of the charity’s 212 staff, had scheduled three days of strikes against Centrepoint’s original offer to staff, which included 34 redundancies, an increase in the working week to 40 hours, and salary cuts of up to 36 per cent for some staff.

However, under a new agreement brokered by conciliation body ACAS, the charity has committed to no compulsory redundancies, a cap on salary cuts of five per cent for the next 15 months, rising to no more than 10 per cent after that, and leaving the working week at 37.5 hours. This offer was accepted by the union, which cancelled the strikes.

Centrepoint Chief Executive, Seyi Obakin, said: “We regret the need to restructure but are pleased to have reached an agreement with Unite and its members. We can now ensure the long-term existence of Centrepoint and continue to help homeless young people.”

Matt Smith, Unite regional officer, said: “We are pleased that Centrepoint’s management listened to Unite and stepped back from the brink. “At our members’ union meeting, we received overwhelming support for the recommended offer. We believe this was the best deal possible we could have achieved for our members working for this iconic charity,” he said.