As you know, a number of staff who work for Mears, our repairs and maintenance contractor, are currently on strike due to a dispute with their employer.
Over the past few days, you may have received a letter from Mears’ staff.
We are aware of these letters and we hope it has not caused you undue concern if you have received one.
Although the industrial action is causing some repairs appointments to be rescheduled, disruption is being kept to a minimum and we are monitoring the situation very closely.
As we said last time, we’re in constant dialogue with Mears and we’re still expecting them to carry out the work we’ve contracted them to do.
Please continue to report any repairs in the usual ways.
Original story: July 11 2017
As you may have heard, members of Unite the Union who work for Mears, our repairs and maintenance contractor, are in dispute with their employer and taking industrial action.
Northwards Housing has issued the following statement:
“This regrettable industrial action, organised by Unite the Union, is due to an internal dispute at Mears, our repairs and maintenance contractor.
“The dispute is nothing to do with Northwards and we are not in dispute with Unite the Union. However, we are extremely disappointed, on behalf of our tenants, that the union and Mears have not been able to settle their differences.
“Whilst the dispute has not yet caused serious difficulties for our tenants, the longer it goes on, the more likely it is that there will be disruption.
“We are in constant dialogue with Mears and we’re still expecting them to carry out the work we’ve contracted them to do. Although we know that Mears are committed to fulfilling their contractual obligations, we do worry that they may find this increasingly difficult if the action continues.
“We’re monitoring the situation closely and seeking to minimise the impact on our tenants.
“Although the dispute and its resolution are out of our control, Northwards encourages both sides to get round the table and come to an amicable agreement as soon as possible.”