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VOLUNTARY SECTOR


Emails flood Turning Point boss


Lord Victor Adebowale the boss of the substance abuse charity, Turning Point, has been deluged by over 6,500 emails protesting at plans to cut the pay and conditions of the organisation’s 2,600 staff.


Workers have until May 17 to sign new contracts on inferior terms and conditions – otherwise they’ll be out.


NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE Raise min wage call


Unite slammed the government’s 12p an hour increase in the national minimum wage as ‘completely inadequate’, in April.


Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said, “Unite has called repeatedly for the national minimum wage to be increased immediately by £1-an-hour to pump demand into an economy battered by George Osborne’s grim austerity programme.


GENERAL SECRETARY ELECTION GS Len re-elected


Unite members re-elected Len McCluskey (pictured) as the union’s general secretary for a further five years, in April.


Over 64 per cent of members taking part in the election voted for Len McCluskey over rival candidate Jerry Hicks. Commenting, Len McCluskey said, “I’m deeply honoured that members have once again put their faith in me to lead their union.


“Now more than ever working people need a union which will stand up for them. Unite is that union, a modern progressive union fighting for ordinary people and


strengthening their voice at work, in parliament and in our communities.


“Unified and freed from the distraction of an internal election in 2015, I pledge to focus my energies on the fighting for members and defeating this Tory-led government.”


Election results were • Jerry Hicks 79,819 votes • Len McCluskey 144,570 votes • Number of ballot papers found to be invalid 1,412


• Total number of valid votes cast 224,389 • Turnout 15.2 per cent


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“The 12p increase announced is derisory – and does nothing to help those already struggling with soaring household bills.”


The national minimum wage is to increase by 12p an hour for adults to £6.31 from October. The rate for 18 to 20-year-olds will rise by 5p to £5.03, and by 4p to £3.72 for 16 and 17-year-olds.


Some members could be out of pocket to the tune of £10,000-a-year as a result of these new contracts. Unite members are being consulted on an industrial action ballot.


Unite national officer Sally Kosky said, “The underlying problem at the charity stems from the coalition’s harsh austerity measures that have meant


Lord Victor Adebowale


swingeing cuts to some of the most vulnerable in society.


“But Turning Point is not in financial crisis and is taking this action so it can further expand the business. This is at the expense of the current, and future workforce, and will have a knock-on effect in driving down pay and conditions across the social care sector.”


Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk


Philip Wolmuth/www.reportdigital.co.uk


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