Langstane Housing employees go on strike

Workers of Langstane Housing association on the picket line in Aberdeen

Around 40 Unite union members at a north-east housing firm joined in a day of industrial action yesterday.

The employees of the Aberdeen and Elgin branches of Langstane Housing Association took to the streets with placards over claims that promises have been broken about wage increases.

The staff braved the rain and cold outside the two offices on King Street in Aberdeen, and on North Guildry Street in Elgin.

Unite has argued the Langstane employees accepted a “below inflation” pay deal last year on the understanding they would be given a much healthier offer this year.

But union members claim what they have now been offered is still unsatisfactory.

Regional officer Willie Wallace said: “The picket line was been manned throughout the day, so we’ve had a really good turn-out and support for the strike.

“They’re looking to get the company back around the table for an improved wages offer.

“They’ve made that known to the company, but there have been no efforts to get back in touch with us for further discussions.

“So we’re following up this strike with a further one on Monday September 18 ,and another one planned for Tuesday September 26.”

Helen Gauld, chief executive of Langstane Housing Association, added: “We are committed to ongoing dialogue with staff and the union in order to resolve this situation.

“During the past five years, we have provided annual cost of living increases of between 1% and 2.5%, while maintaining favourable terms of employment.

“When viewed against this and the current economic challenges faced in north-east Scotland, we believe our offer to be fair and reasonable.”