St Mungo’s and Unite the Union

13 September 2019 – Unite has yet to confirm with St Mungo’s but we understand that just under 50% of eligible Unite members chose to take part in their ballot about industrial action.

This means the ballot has not passed the 50% turnout threshold necessary to make the result valid.

St Mungo’s was extremely disappointed that Unite the Union took the decision to ballot members for a strike. Our number one priority is to avert a Unite strike and our door is always open to continued dialogue.

Howard Sinclair said: “Although St Mungo’s has not yet been formally informed by Unite officers of the ballot decision, it seems that 12% of staff, around 200 Unite members, voted for industrial action, while around 300 members did not.

“Our efforts remain focused on listening and addressing staff concerns. Our offers to Unite remain on the table. We urge Unite officials to return to discuss these so we can build a better relationship with Unite for the future. St Mungo’s will continue to do everything necessary to protect the safety and interests of our most vulnerable clients.”

At an ACAS meeting in July, St Mungo’s listened carefully to Unite’s representations and offered to provide:

  • paid time off for members to attend union meetings and activities
  • formal joint reviews of our entry level staffing proposal in 12 months
  • commitments around policy implementation.

Unite the Union did not engage with us on these but these offers still stand.

St Mungo’s is not proposing any changes to terms and conditions of staff. Any claims otherwise are totally wrong. St Mungo’s is proud to pay client facing staff some of the best salaries in the sector and has already made a number of changes to our policies following feedback from staff during the nine month dispute process.

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The original article was updated at 16:00, Friday 13 September 2019.