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RSPCA staff vote to strike over imposition of ‘detrimental’ new contracts

STAFF at animal welfare charity RSPCA have voted to strike over the imposition of “detrimental” performance-pay contracts without consultation.

Staff allowances, especially for standby payments, would be reduced under the proposals, said the Unite union. An inspector could see a pay cut of up to £4,000 a year. 

Staff voted by 73 per cent for strike action. Unite regional officer Jesika Parmar said that management had adopted a “bullying attitude” to get them to sign the new contracts by March 31. 

She added: “Such behaviour is deplorable.  

“Unite would like to make crystal clear to the public that so generously fund the RSPCA that our members will be making the welfare and care of animals their top priority during the industrial action.”  

The union said that strike dates would be announced later, but offered “last-ditch talks” through conciliation service Acas, which the RSPCA said it is considering.  

The charity said that it “utterly” rejects the allegation of bullying.

RSPCA added that those voting for strike action represented a minority — 300 people out of a workforce of 1,700 — and that most staff had already signed the new contracts. 

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