The Unite union accused RSPCA management of “disregarding the well-being and morality of employees” in an ongoing dispute over new wage proposals. Unite stated that the RSPCA investigation this summer found that 31% of the 1,700 employees were either directly harassed or witnessed such behaviour. Unite says the charity`s organization believes the union has only a small minority of employees and the union was therefore “an uncomfortable irritant that can be ignored, crushed and marginalized.” It states that “membership has been hit in recent years, mainly due to poorly-provided restructuring and the appalling sequestration of staff,” but that Unite members “now represent the majority of staff and the majority are growing by the day.” “In the past, employees earned a lot of money, which the charity identified as an inefficient way to use donations. The money will continue to be paid for pending and other allowances, as well as for all work done on time and on time. Debbie Watson added: “Members are not expected to sign these contracts until March 31 of this year and should not be harassed to sign them. The contracts were accompanied by an aggressive email inviting employees to sign by December 20 of last year or to expect a possible layoff. “Some members of the management team have taken a harassment of staff to sign the new contract before the March 31 deadline. She said the charity was “confident that the vast majority of employees would sign,” but added that the organization was signing contingency plans “in the unlikely event that people don`t sign their contracts.” “We kept staff informed at every stage of this process, took their feedback into account and amended our proposals as much as possible. We have assured them that the current base salary is not being affected, and these changes will only affect future allowances and supplements.
We recognize that such processes create uncertainty for staff and will take a step-by-step approach to introducing some of the changes to support the transition. The RSPCA asked staff to sign the new contracts by December 20 and threatened to fire anyone who did not sign before the end of March. The RSPCA said: “We do not recognize the union representation of the negotiations. Our door is always open to the union and we hope that they will choose to come back to the table. The RSPCA has begun discussions with the real desire to reach an agreement to ensure that the RSPCA has a sustainable financial future, so that we can continue to help the most needy animals. “We are facing very difficult financial times and we need to act now to ensure that our costs are passed on to our revenues, in order to move forward in a sustainable way.” The RSPCA stated that it had “consistently stressed that it has no intention of changing staff policy, such as sick pay in the future, and that it does not want lengthy discussions, as this would prolong workers` insecurity and concern.”