Wilf Ward Family Trust staff threatened with cuts to pay and conditions

Wilf Ward Family Trust

Wilf Ward Family Trust

First published in News

STAFF working with disabled people are facing changes to their pay and conditions.

Bosses at Wilf Ward Family Trust, in Pickering, have informed staff they are reviewing their pay scales, and the terms and conditions offered to all staff because their “relatively strong position” in the market is “gradually being eroded”.

In a letter sent to employees and seen by The Press, the company is proposing to give staff currently on £6.71 an hour a pay increase to £7.11 - 54p below the living wage, but introduce new job roles, pay all waking night staff £7.95, remove enhanced payments for bank holidays and reduce their sick pay.

The letter said: “In the short term it is clear that the changes being proposed will cost more.

“It is expected once the changes have been embedded across the organisation they will actually contribute to the Trust and save money.

“Should these savings be significant then that will allow the Board to consider further pay awards in the future. Should they not prove to be significant or indeed not take place at all, then it is unlikely that any pay award can be achieved in the next few years.

One disgruntled relative of a member of staff, who declined to be named, said: “They are doing a great job but are being kicked in the backside by this.

“The majority of the work is in houses based in York with two to five people living in there, and the staff help them.”

The service is set to begin a series of meetings throughout the region to discuss the proposed changes.

The trust was formed in 1989 by Wilf Ward and his wife, Phyllis, when they set up a short break service for people with disabilities.

The group now provides a range of services, including personal care at home, support in the community, residential support and short breaks.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “We are proposing some changes to pay and conditions, and meeting with staff in the area we cover, but the formal consultation hasn’t even started.

“We are hoping consultation will start in early October.”

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1:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

what?? says...

What the story doesn't mention is the hundreds of staff that will actually be getting a Pay Cut from the Charity from £7.44 per hour down to £7.11.
What the story doesn't mention is the hundreds of staff that will actually be getting a Pay Cut from the Charity from £7.44 per hour down to £7.11. what??
  • Score: 7

3:19pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gravitydrips says...

I'd like to know what the managing directors earn to. I worked for a so-called charity a few years ago as a support worker. The cars the managing directors drove up in were all top-of-range executive models, apparently provided as 'company' cars.
I'd like to know what the managing directors earn to. I worked for a so-called charity a few years ago as a support worker. The cars the managing directors drove up in were all top-of-range executive models, apparently provided as 'company' cars. gravitydrips
  • Score: 5

4:41pm Fri 29 Aug 14

what?? says...

Yes oddly enough the letter only mentions cutting the pay and conditions of the support workers not of any of the management structure and their perks and conditions.
Yes oddly enough the letter only mentions cutting the pay and conditions of the support workers not of any of the management structure and their perks and conditions. what??
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

what?? says...

And in their last published accounts they only made £1.2millions pounds "Profit" and have £18million in the bank. Hardly struggling.
And in their last published accounts they only made £1.2millions pounds "Profit" and have £18million in the bank. Hardly struggling. what??
  • Score: 4

8:24am Sat 30 Aug 14

What trust? says...

I, as a support worker asked the same question to an "area manager" and her reply was.. "Well I'm not getting a pay rise" niether are we we were given 4p last year as an interim pay rise but now it seems we are getting a cut of 31p instead... Gee thanks! Also is the trust a non profitable organisation???
I, as a support worker asked the same question to an "area manager" and her reply was.. "Well I'm not getting a pay rise" niether are we we were given 4p last year as an interim pay rise but now it seems we are getting a cut of 31p instead... Gee thanks! Also is the trust a non profitable organisation??? What trust?
  • Score: 4

9:46am Sat 30 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

Does this mean City of York Council will follow through on Kersten & James commitment to only contract with providers who pay minimum wage as a minimum?

Another sound bite pledge out the window?
Does this mean City of York Council will follow through on Kersten & James commitment to only contract with providers who pay minimum wage as a minimum? Another sound bite pledge out the window? Jack Ham
  • Score: 1

11:25am Sat 30 Aug 14

What trust? says...

Let's hope agency cut there prices...... Reality check?
Let's hope agency cut there prices...... Reality check? What trust?
  • Score: 1

8:08pm Sat 30 Aug 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Still rotton to the core.
Still rotton to the core. T.R.M1974
  • Score: 6

5:58pm Sun 31 Aug 14

What trust? says...

Also are the council decreasing the CNB pay or is this just a con? I do agree the non CNB staff are truly underpaid but to cut peoples pay is an insult into the work they put in! We make changes to peoples lives, we could stack shelves for a lot more!... Some one back us up
Also are the council decreasing the CNB pay or is this just a con? I do agree the non CNB staff are truly underpaid but to cut peoples pay is an insult into the work they put in! We make changes to peoples lives, we could stack shelves for a lot more!... Some one back us up What trust?
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Sun 31 Aug 14

23brenda says...

My friend has been a user of The Trust for a lot of years, now he has been let down by the managers big time by dumping him.Not a nice way to care for people in need.
My friend has been a user of The Trust for a lot of years, now he has been let down by the managers big time by dumping him.Not a nice way to care for people in need. 23brenda
  • Score: 5

10:36pm Sun 31 Aug 14

clar64pr says...

This will result in lower quality staff as the good ones with years of experience will leave and find a job where they are appreciated. Stop being so tight Wilf Ward!!
This will result in lower quality staff as the good ones with years of experience will leave and find a job where they are appreciated. Stop being so tight Wilf Ward!! clar64pr
  • Score: 7

8:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

What trust? says...

clar64pr wrote:
This will result in lower quality staff as the good ones with years of experience will leave and find a job where they are appreciated. Stop being so tight Wilf Ward!!
Exactly!! Forgot to mention the cuts to bank holiday pay! I know let's spend Xmas away from our children and families for less money.... It's ok for the big wigs who don't have to work them!
[quote][p][bold]clar64pr[/bold] wrote: This will result in lower quality staff as the good ones with years of experience will leave and find a job where they are appreciated. Stop being so tight Wilf Ward!![/p][/quote]Exactly!! Forgot to mention the cuts to bank holiday pay! I know let's spend Xmas away from our children and families for less money.... It's ok for the big wigs who don't have to work them! What trust?
  • Score: 5

11:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

oldman60 says...

Most of the best carers have left. Poor management is in abundance, they only look after themselves. The mission statement is a joke. I pity the good carers and the cared for, no one in upper management cares. Most of the new staff are untrained and will never get any training, unless how to book as many holiday as you can counts. The Wards must be turning in their graves.
Most of the best carers have left. Poor management is in abundance, they only look after themselves. The mission statement is a joke. I pity the good carers and the cared for, no one in upper management cares. Most of the new staff are untrained and will never get any training, unless how to book as many holiday as you can counts. The Wards must be turning in their graves. oldman60
  • Score: 7

5:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

T.R.M1974 says...

The hundreds of thousands of pounds paid over the last few years to silence ex staff members can't be helping the financial situation either!
The hundreds of thousands of pounds paid over the last few years to silence ex staff members can't be helping the financial situation either! T.R.M1974
  • Score: 4

11:04am Fri 5 Sep 14

Klsc89 says...

It also doesn't say that managers and seniors will be getting a pay rise! If this is the case then why put more roles on the support workers and expect them to do overtime when short on staff due to hols and sickness?!? Is the council cutting the CnB rate if so why? Then they are expecting to put all staff threw CNB training even the ones who don't work CNB is this not wasting money??? And having agencies in which cost more money than the hourly rate to contracted staff is this not a stupid idea when trying to cut costs?
It also doesn't say that managers and seniors will be getting a pay rise! If this is the case then why put more roles on the support workers and expect them to do overtime when short on staff due to hols and sickness?!? Is the council cutting the CnB rate if so why? Then they are expecting to put all staff threw CNB training even the ones who don't work CNB is this not wasting money??? And having agencies in which cost more money than the hourly rate to contracted staff is this not a stupid idea when trying to cut costs? Klsc89
  • Score: 1
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