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Strike action in December
Who is striking and when? Find out the strikes this week and how they will affect you with the UK Strike Action Calendar. Full date listings of all currently planned regional and country-wide strikes. Last updated: Monday, 04 December 2023
Today, on Monday 4th December 2023, the Rail (Overtime Ban), Yoox Net-a-Porter, London Transit, Alexander Dennis are taking industrial action.
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- 1st Dec 2023 Go North East (UNITE) Resolved! Unite secures significant pay victory for Go North East workers – UNITE
- 1st Dec 2023 Warrington Refuse Workers (UNITE) Warrington council loses High Court case against bin worker strikes – UNITE
- 1st Dec 2023 Rail (ASLEF) Train strikes: Drivers vote to continue walkouts – BBC News
- 30th Nov 2023 Rail (RMT) Resolved! RMT members accept RDG pay offer – RMT
- 29th Nov 2023 Chivas Brothers (UNITE) Unite announces rolling Chivas Brothers strike action across Scotland – UNITE
- 29th Nov 2023 School Support Staff (UCU) UCU campaign leads to pay deals of up to 10% at 60 colleges – UCU
- 24th Nov 2023 School Support Staff (UCU) Staff to strike at five North East colleges over low pay – UCU
- 24th Nov 2023 Go North East (UNITE) Resolved! Go North East workers balloted to continue industrial action for fair pay – UNITE
- 23rd Nov 2023 Education Authority (UNITE) Unite announces strikes by Education Authority workers on Friday 1 December – UNITE
- 23rd Nov 2023 Oxfam (UNITE) Hundreds of Oxfam workers to strike for first time in charity’s history – UNITE
Abellio Rail (UNITE) Updates
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Alexander Dennis (UNITE) Updates
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Unite the union can confirm today (Monday 20 November) that its members based at Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Camelon, Falkirk, are set to take strike action in a dispute over pay. The strength of feeling at the factory was demonstrated by Unite members recording a 81.3 per cent yes vote on a 70 per cent turnout. Unite represents around 400 coach builders and spray painters at the factory.
The announcement follows the rejection of a four per pay offer by Unite’s members. In October 2022, Unite members voted to accept a 7.7 per cent pay offer following several rounds of industrial action at ADL after the company also originally offered only four per cent.
Amazon (GMB) Updates
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- Amazon workers at the Rugeley fulfilment centre are set to go on strike after 86% of those who voted backed the strike.
- The GMB union has reached 1,000 members at the Coventry fulfilment centre after 22 days of strike action.
- This will be only the second Amazon site in the UK where workers have taken industrial action.
- GMB senior organiser Stuart Richards said this is a game changing moment in the campaign to force Amazon to treat its workers better.
- Amazon has offered UK workers a pay rise of pennies and work conditions that are unfit for the history books.
- Amazon is facing strikes during one of its busiest weeks of the year, Prime Week.
- GMB members at the company’s Coventry fulfilment centre voted for more walkouts.
- Almost 900 workers are anticipated to join the strike action and will bring the total strike days at the retail giant to 22.
- The workers will walk out on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July.
- The strike action will have a huge impact on Amazon’s Prime Week operation, according to the GMB senior organiser, Racheal Fagan.
- GMB members in Coventry are fighting for £15 an hour and union rights.
- Prime Week can see Amazon rake in as much as £2 billion in sales.
- When the GMB members are standing on the picket line in Coventry next month they’ll have a simple message for the company; you can’t get human beings on the cheap.
After months of strike action, GMB’s membership at the warehouse had rocketed to 800. Amazon publicly stated last year there were 1,400 workers at the warehouse , meaning GMB members made up more than the 50 per cent needed for statutory union recognition.
However, once GMB made an official application to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), Amazon claimed to have 2,700 workers – a claim accepted by the CAC. GMB members working at Amazon Coventry claim the warehouse has been flooded with up to 1,000 new starters since the strike action began.
Amazon employees in the UK are voting on whether to take industrial action, after the company announced a pay raise of just pennies per hour. -The new strikes follow 14 days of strike action at the retail giant's Coventry depot. -Union members will now vote on full and binding industrial action ballots at Amazon's Mansfield and Rugeley fulfilment centres. -GMB has reached the membership threshold for mandatory recognition of Amazon's workers, which could mark the retail giant's first union recognition in Europe.
The GMB union says almost 700 Amazon workers in Coventry are now members. It said this is more than half of the workers at the site - the usual threshold for mandatory union recognition in a workplace.
GMB said Amazon bosses have 10 days to respond and agree to voluntarily recognise the union, adding if this does not happen, they will start a statutory process through the Central Arbitration Committee.
In March, Amazon Coventry workers began a six-day walkout in an effort to win a pay increase. Since then, more than 560 workers at the warehouse have gone on strike, bringing the total number of days of action to 14. Meanwhile, hundreds of GMB members will begin fresh ballots for industrial action at five further fulfilment centres across the Midlands: Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, Coalville in Leicestershire, Kegworth in Leicestershire, Rugeley in Staffordshire, and Rugby in Warwickshire. The ballots - which open today [31 March] and run for several weeks - will ask GMB members if they are willing to strike over a 50p pay rise enforced by Amazon management.
- Amazon workers in the UK are planning further strike action, as they are dismissed as "an insult" a 50p an hour increase to its minimum hourly pay for warehouse workers to £11.
- The pay rise announced on Wednesday, which will be implemented this weekend, means minimum pay has risen by 10% in the past seven months, putting it ahead of the legal minimum wage for those aged 23 or over, which will be £10.42 an hour from April.
- However, Amanda Gearing, a senior organiser for the GMB union, which has backed workers at Amazon’s Coventry warehouse in the first ever strikes by its UK workers, said: "We're listening to Amazon workers and the message is very clear: this new pay rate is an insult."
- "We’re calling on Amazon bosses to come to the negotiating table and resolve this crisis.”
- More than 350 staff at the West Midland fulfilment centre will walk out on 28 February, 2 March and from 13 to 17 March.
- The strike is in response to Amazon's refusal to offer workers a pay rise of £1 per hour above the National Minimum Wage.
The GMB union has announced that Amazon workers in the UK will be striking on January 25th. The strike will take place at the company's warehouse in Coventry and is the result of a pay dispute. The GMB union has stated that hundreds of workers voted to strike over a 50p per hour pay offer. The union is calling on Amazon UK bosses to give workers "a proper pay rise and avoid industrial action." Amazon has previously stated that it offers "competitive pay" and "comprehensive benefits" to its workers.
Arriva (UNITE) Updates
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Over 1,000 bus drivers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, have rejected an offer worth around 7.3 per cent, as this amounted to a real terms pay cut, with the true inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 11.3 per cent.
The drivers who are based at depots in Brixton, Norwood, South Croydon and Thornton Heath began balloting this week and the ballot will close on Wednesday 2 August. If the workers vote for strikes then industrial action could begin by the middle of next month.
- Bus drivers employed by Arriva on North and East London bus routes have suspended planned strike action following an improved pay offer.
- The improved pay offer was made following extended pay talks on Monday (12 June).
- If the pay offer is rejected then Unite will announce fresh industrial action.
1,700 bus drivers employed by Arriva in the UK have announced strike action in a dispute over pay, with the first two days of action concentrated in North and East London. The dispute is effectively of Arriva's own making, with the company having had every chance to make an offer that meets the drivers' expectations but having instead refused. Over the last decade, Deutsche Bahn, Arriva's parent company, has paid £560 million in profit transfers to Germany.
Arrow XL (UNITE) Updates
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Members of Unite, the largest union in the UK, who work for Arrow XL will go on strike later this month in a dispute over pay. Arrow XL is a company that provides two-person deliveries for major retailers, including Amazon and Very Group, and is owned by the Barclay family. While the highest paid director at Arrow XL received an 84% pay increase in 2021, workers at the company are paid the minimum wage of £9.50 per hour. The company has offered workers a pay increase of 5%, which is less than the 12.3% rate of inflation, effectively resulting in a pay cut. The strikes, which will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until Christmas Eve, are expected to cause severe disruption for the company's customers.
Balfour Beatty (RMT) Updates
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The RMT rail union announced the action following a ballot of Balfour staff working for the Central Rail Systems Alliance (CSRA), a joint venture between the firm, Network Rail, Atkins and TSO. The three strikes will be on consecutive weekends, starting on the 3rd of March and going until the 5th of March. The strikers are members of the RMT union, and are seeking a 5.5% pay increase.
BBC Regional Services (NUJ) Updates
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BBC journalists in England will stage a 48-hour strike after rejecting revised plans on cuts to local radio. This will result in no local radio service being available in England. The union said concessions were made in talks brokered by the conciliation service Acas but they did not go far enough.
BBC staff are being asked to re-apply for jobs - with 48 roles set to be scrapped.
Journalists are concerned by proposed job losses prompted by stations sharing content.
The plan is for more radio shows to be networked across several stations after 14:00 on weekdays and weekends.
It would mean the BBC produces 20 afternoon programmes across England and 10 programmes in the evening.
The BBC rejected an initial claim by the NUJ that the plans meant that more than 100 hours per week of local programming on every radio station could be reduced to 40 - pointing out that the calculation did not take into account the hours of sports programming that would be retained individually on every station.
A BBC spokesperson said: "We are protecting all live local output from 6-2pm on weekdays as well as all sports programming across the week on every station. In addition, a number of our larger stations will retain their own dedicated local programmes in the afternoon across the week.
"Even where we propose to share some local programming across neighbouring stations in the afternoon, we will still produce 20 different
A group of BBC employees working in England are going on strike on March 15th in order to protest their employer's plans to merge some local radio shows. The stoppage will start at 11:00 GMT and will continue through May's local elections, coronation, and Eurovision. The BBC has stated that local news bulletins and live sports programming will be maintained, but the cuts to jobs and programs will still happen. The future of local radio is at stake, and the NUJ has called for the BBC to come back around the table and negotiate a solution.
Bestfood Delivery (GMB) Updates
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Supply chain workers who deliver fresh food to restaurant chains including Wagamama and Pizza Express have voted in favour of strike action. Almost 400 workers are set to walk out after rejecting a 6% pay offer. The workers deliver to several restaurant chains including KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Zizzi. Strike dates will be announced imminently. The GMB Union said the pay offer amounted to a real-terms pay cut.
Border Force (PCS) Updates
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- 1,000 Border Force officers to go on strike in Dover, Calais, Coquelles and Dunkirk for 4 days at the end of February half term school holidays
- Serwotka places blame on ministers who are refusing to offer money and are waiting until next year
- Many civil servants are struggling to make ends meet and having to claim benefits they administer and go to food banks
- Civil servants received only 2 days of training before covering striking Border Force staff, instead of the usual 3 weeks.
- During first strikes in December, armed services and Whitehall staff received 5-7 days of training before covering duties such as passport control, drug smuggling, people trafficking, and modern slavery.
- National Crime Agency (NCA) staff in Calais received only 2 days of training before covering at passport control.
- The Home Office denies claims that contingency staff did not receive sufficient training.
- It is unclear if NCA staff were authorized to detain people due to lack of IS81 form training, which gives immigration officers the authority to detain.
- Military staff covering for striking personnel at passport control do not have power to detain suspects of criminal activity.
- PCS union says the border is not safe with untrained staff and asks if they are capable of making necessary checks.
- Heathrow airport reported smooth operations during the strike on Wednesday.
- Leaked figures showed 95% drop in people stopped at Heathrow over 3 strike days in December, compared to same period in 2021.
- PCS union calls for 10% pay rise, pensions deal, job security, and no cuts in redundancy terms for its members.
- Home Office and National Crime Agency deny claims of 2 days' training for contingency staff.
Border Force staff at six UK airports and a passenger ferry port are set to strike over the Christmas period in a dispute over pay. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union will walk out at Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow and Manchester airports, as well as at Newhaven’s passenger ferry port, on 23-26 December and 28-31 December. Manchester Airport has warned that cancellations are likely, while the Home Office has said delays processing arrivals are probable. Military personnel, civil servants and volunteers are being trained to support Border Force during the strikes.
Bristol Council Housing Officers (UNITE) Updates
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British Library (PCS) Updates
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British Museum Workers (PCS) Updates
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- More than 150 PCS members in the British Museum's visitor services and security teams will go on strike from 11th to 16th July to demand a cost of living payment of £1,500 and fair pay, among other issues.
- The British Museum is currently refusing to pay the non-consolidated £1,500 lump sum recommended by the UK government.
- In a meeting on 6th July, the employer refused to improve their pay offer, leading to the decision to proceed with industrial action.
- In a national re-ballot in May, British Museum members voted 86% in favor of strike action.
- The strike action is likely to cause significant disruptions for the museum during a peak summer month.
- Our targeted strike action began in November last year and members in a number of employers have taken part, including the Home Office, Border Force, Department for Transport and Defra.
- The action at the British Museum will follow the national strike on 1 February. For the days that they are on strike for this targeted strike action MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE STRIKE PAY AT THEIR NORMAL FULL RATE OF PAY FROM PCS.
- Your local PCS reps will be in touch with you shortly about members' meetings and picket lines and will be able to help with any questions you may have.
Centrebus Luton (UNITE) Updates
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The drivers are angry that they are paid £1.91 less an hour than their counterparts working for Arriva in Luton. The drivers, who are based at the Bilton Way Centrebus garage, will strike on 28 and 29 November. The industrial action will escalate if the dispute is not resolved.
Chesterfield Council Housing Workers (UNITE) Updates
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Over 100 housing maintenance workers employed by Chesterfield council will begin strike action next week in a dispute over pay.
The problem came to light during the Covid pandemic when the workers, who are responsible for maintaining and repairing Chesterfield’s council housing stock, were transferred from being paid via a combination of a basic wage and on piece work to a salary scheme. During this time, they received several standard local government pay increases, in line with other council workers.
On investigation the workers discovered that their contracts stated they should receive both a salary (including annual pay increases) and then additional payments based on the work undertaken (piece work). However, Chesterfield council wants to return to the previous system where any increase in the basic pay (such as an annual pay increase) is offset by a reduction in the money they received for their piece work, resulting in the workers not receiving a pay increase.
The piece work rates have not been increased since 2008. The workers estimate that the piece work rates are 70 per cent below market value and they are having to work three times as hard to earn a decent living.
Chivas Brothers (UNITE) Updates
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Unite the union has today (Wednesday 29 November) confirmed that over 500 members at Chivas Brothers distilleries and warehouses across Scotland are set for strike action in the coming weeks. Chivas employs around 1,500 workers in Scotland. The company produces Scotch whisky premier brands including Chivas Regal, Aberlour, Ballantine's, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet.
Unite members previously rejected a 6.4 per cent pay offer by 97 per cent. Unite warned Chivas Brother on 17 October that it would have ‘no option’ but to ballot its members on strike action unless progress was made in pay negotiations. Inflation stood at 11.3 per cent when the workers’ pay increase should have been implemented.
City of London Corporation (GMB) Updates
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London tourist attractions including Tower Bridge, Old Bailey, Barbican, museums, gardens, parks and markets could be forced to close after workers voted to strike, More than 900 City of London Corporation workers will walk out for 24 hours on 25 May in a dispute over pay.
City of London Corporation (UNITE) Updates
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250 workers at the corporation are to strike over pay, with more industrial action planned if the dispute is not resolved.
The workers are employed in a variety of roles, including security, police staff, grounds maintenance and administrative functions.
The strike is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 25.
Civil Service (PCS) Updates
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The all-out strike, called by our national executive committee today -A month of action beginning on 3 April -PCS General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members are not backing down in this dispute. Ministers need to take notice that we’re escalating our action and they need to resolve the dispute by putting money on the table.” -The new strikes and another national day of action will pile the pressure on a government that refuses to listen.
- More than 100,000 civil servants are set to strike on budget day next month in what is seen as an escalation of a dispute over pay, pensions and job security. This follows a strike last week which saw hundreds of thousands of members in 123 government departments walk out across England, Scotland and Wales. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka warned that next month's strike could include a further 33,000 members working for 10 more employers, including HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), whose ballot results are due on 28 February. Government has said the demands - which it says would cost £2.4 billion - are unaffordable.
- Around 100,000 civil servants plan to strike on 1 February
- Union members in 124 government departments along with several other bodies will walk out.
- The action is an escalation of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
- PCS has been calling for a 10% pay rise, better pensions, job security and no cuts to redundancy terms.
- It said a further 33,000 union members in five more government departments, including HMRC, are re-balloting next week to join the strike action.
- Employees of public sector bodies including Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will take part in the action.
- The PCS also represents thousands of workers who will strike at organizations such as Ofsted, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and the Home Office.
- The PCA said the action would be "the largest civil service strike for years", adding it coincided with the Trade Union Congress's "protect the right to strike" day.
- The dispute is predominantly over pay. The government has offered civil servants a 2% to 3% pay rise, but the union has been calling for a rise of 10%, in line with inflation.
- The union says it is setting up a multi-million pound strike fund which it says could sustain its members over months of industrial action.
Coop Funeralcare (UNITE) Updates
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Workers at the Co-op's only UK coffin factory, in Glasgow, Scotland, have gone on strike again over pay disputes. The Unite union said the strike began on Wednesday and would run through January 16. There have been several week-long strikes since October. The union claims Co-op bosses have failed to make an acceptable offer to resolve the dispute, while the company insists its offer is fair and needs to be proportionate to those made to the group's overall workforce of 60,000. The company has agreed to meet with the union next week in an attempt to resolve the dispute. The strike involves around 50 workers who rejected an offer of a 4% pay rise for 2022 and 5% for 2023. The factory employs 59 people in total, and some production has continued. The Co-op said the strikes had no impact on its supply of coffins.
The Co-op Funeralcare in Govan, Glasgow is set to face further strike action starting today (December 5). Unite members at the coffin manufacturing factory will continue the strike action after Co-op Funeralcare management failed to make an acceptable offer to resolve the pay dispute. The strike action will last from December 5-11. The company has offered around 4% for 2022 and 5% for 2023, which has been rejected as inflation has risen to a 40-year high of 14.2% (RPI). The factory will enter its third month of strike action, with further action possible.
DE&S Deca (UNITE) Updates
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Unite members working for Defence Equipment & Support Deca at Sealand in Flintshire and Stafford have voted to strike over an imposed two per cent pay award for 2022. Defence Equipment & Support Deca, is wholly owned by the MOD. The workforce is highly skilled and provide a vital role in maintaining military, avionic and electronic equipment.
In contrast to some other branches of the Civil Service, Deca lacks any form of pay progression, resulting in a consistent decrease in real terms income for workers year after year.
- PCS members in Liverpool, Doncaster, Stockport and Bolton have already taken part in well-supported targeted action
- PCS is now asking members at 13 jobcentres in Liverpool and Glasgow to take further strike action for five days on 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 6 MAY 2023
- This period includes Saturday 6 May, which is Coronation Day, but when all jobcentres are scheduled to be open as normal, with no concession to the national occasion
- The PCS national strike action began on December last year and has so far involved members in six offices taking strike action.
- The strike action in the first phase has been targeted at areas that would have a significant impact on employers. These include redundancy and job security.
- The next phase of the strike action, which will take place from 1-3 March, involves members in Stockport, Bolton, Liverpool, and Liverpool Innovation Park.
Diageo (UNITE) Updates
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- Workers based at Diageo's plant in Leven are set to strike in a dispute over pay.
- The strike action will begin on 14 January for a period of 48 hours and will be followed by a series of further stoppages ending on 3 April
- Unite is protesting the introduction of a lower rate of pay for new starts without consultation with the unions.
- The trade union estimates some of its engineering members are set to lose around 6% of their pay when moved to the lower rate of pay.
- The strike action will directly impact the engineering support for the bottling plant, which Unite believes would not be safe to run without the support of its members.
- Diageo reported operating profits of £4.4bn and net sales of £15.5bn in July 2022. The company has an estimated 27,987 employees.
- Diageo produces several high profile brands, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's, Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc, Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.
Dundee City Council Trade Workers (UNITE) Updates
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All-out strike action is set to begin on 4 April for three weeks until 28 April, and then it will be followed by rounds of daily action until 23 June. The dispute is centred on claims that public contracts to private contractors are being prepared for outsourcing by Dundee City Council.
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The strikes form part of our national campaign over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy terms. Ofsted MEMBERS working in the Applications, Regulatory and Contact (ARC) team and Inspection Support Centre will take strike action in March. They will walk out from MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY ON EVERY WEEK IN March, STARTING FROM 6 MARCH.
PCS members undertake a wide range of duties, from processing applications from new providers or settings, to handling all calls and emails into Ofsted across the four inspection areas that Ofsted deals with: education, early years, social care and further education. Our strike action will delay responses to queries and complaints from the public, schools and other education providers. It will also impact on calls and inspection notices going out and limit the support available to inspectors.
In DVSA, there will be a ROLLING PROGRAMME OF STRIKE ACTION ACROSS THE REGIONS THROUGHOUT MARCH, resulting in a large-scale cancellation of driving tests. This follows a successful period of strike action last December and in January this year. There are already ever-increasing backlogs of driving tests with some test centres currently at a 24-week wait.
- Members on strike for targeted strike action will receive strike pay at their normal full rate of pay from PCS
- This action called follows five days of strike action for members working for Output Services Group at Ty Felin and Morriston in Swansea, which started today
- The success of the previous targeted strike action shows that we can really make an impact and demonstrates to the government that it needs to take our demands seriously
- We are determined to keep the pressure on until the government improves its offer to members
Driving examiners and rural payment officers across the UK will begin a month-long series of strikes on 13 December. The strikes, which will be the first wave of industrial action by the PCS union, are over civil service pay and working conditions. The strikes will take place in a number of regions throughout the UK, including at the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), and will last until 16 January. Walkouts at three of the RPA’s offices will effectively run from 13 to 23 December, then from 3 to 13 January. The Workington, Newcastle and Caernarfon sites will see industrial action – but not the RPA’s headquarters in Reading, or its other major offices in Carlisle, Exeter or York.
DVSA (PCS) Updates
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The decision to suspend the action has been taken in light of the Department for Transport's confirmation that they will pay a £1500 lump sum to members. The suspension will now be followed by a period of negotiations on the £1500 cost of living payment where we will be arguing for the money to be paid to members as soon as possible. We cannot proceed with further discussions on its implementation while live strike action is ongoing meaning payment would be delayed. Our national objective during this period is to secure confirmation of the payment from all bargaining areas in the dispute.
here are already ever-increasing backlogs of driving tests with some test centres currently at a 26 week wait. The further strike action will be from 5 to 28 April and will involve over 1500 driving examiners and also admin staff based in test centres.
Environment Agency (PROSPECT) Updates
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- Thousands of Environment Agency employees belonging to Prospect and UNISON are to take strike action on 8 February in the growing dispute about pay.
- Staff working in areas such as river inspection, flood forecasting, coastal risk management and pollution control will stage a 12-hour strike on Wednesday 8 February starting at 7am.
- In addition, for 12 hours either side of the walkout, Environment Agency employees will escalate their ongoing work to rule by withdrawing from incident response rotas, say the unions.
- This action short of a strike starts at 7pm on Tuesday 7, and kicks in again immediately at the end of the strike for another 12 hours, concluding at 7am on Thursday 9 February.
- During these hours, there'll be fewer experienced Environment Agency staff to provide cover if an incident occurs, say the unions.
- However, where there's a genuine threat to life or property from an incident like a major flood, officers will step in as emergency 'life and limb cover' has been agreed with Agency managers.
Environment Agency (UNISON) Updates
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The four-day strike that had been due to take place from Friday 3 November involving hundreds of Environment Agency workers represented by UNISON has been suspended to allow pay talks to happen.
The decision to call off the strike was taken after the Environment Agency confirmed ministers had given it permission to negotiate a new offer* to give employees a long-overdue wage rise and help the agency with recruitment and retention.
- Thousands of Environment Agency (EA) workers in England will stop out-of-hours attendance at incidents such as floods, water pollution, spills, waste fires and fly-tipping this weekend, in their ongoing pay dispute.
- The industrial action, which starts at 9am tomorrow (Saturday), is set to continue for a month, with workers refusing to volunteer for on-call cover outside of contracted hours until 19 September.
- Officers will step in where there is a threat to life, from incidents such as a major flood, as emergency life and limb cover has been agreed by the union.
- This new wave of industrial action follows months of industrial action seeking an improved pay offer from the agency.
- The 2% plus £345 pay award for 2022/23 was so low that some colleagues saw their pay dip below the national living wage in April and had to receive a salary ‘top-up’ to comply with minimum wage legislation.
- Staff are due to receive an unconsolidated cost of living payment of £1,500 this month, but this does not address the gulf between the 2022/23 pay award and the rising living costs members have experienced.
Thousands of Environment Agency workers in England are to strike for four days over pay later this month, blaming government inaction for putting communities, waters and wildlife at risk, says UNISON today (Wednesday).
Despite months of strikes and other action where workers have taken themselves off ‘on call’ incident response rotas, ministers have made no attempt to invite unions in for pay talks, says UNISON.
The union’s latest action means staff working on coastal sea defenses, protecting communities from floods, tackling water pollution, waste fires and fly-tipping will strike from 7pm next Friday (14 April). They will be out all that weekend until 7am on the Monday morning (17 April).
This growing staffing emergency means the Agency’s incident response and enforcement teams are already too thinly stretched to keep England’s waterways sewage-free and communities safe from harm, warns UNISON.
Thousands of Environment Agency workers in England will go on strike for the first time later this month over pay disputes, according to UNISON. The workers, who maintain safety structures such as the Thames Barrier and coastal sea defenses, will strike on January 18 from 8am to 5pm. This is the first time that agency workers have gone on strike in the organization's history over pay. Last November, workers were given a pay rise of just 2% plus a £345 payment, which UNISON says is less than a fifth of the lowest current measure of inflation. UNISON is urging the agency and ministers to negotiate and give workers an improved pay offer.
First Bus Glasgow (UNITE) Updates
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Unite the union, today (Wednesday 22 November) confirmed that over 1,200 First Glasgow drivers have received an improved pay offer leading to the suspension of scheduled industrial action. The new pay offer was formally put to Unite this morning following a further round of talks held at the conciliation service Acas. Unite said that that the strike action scheduled to start on Friday 24 November continuing until Friday 1 December is now suspended to allow the membership to be balloted on the new offer.
Unite, Scotland’s leading trade union, confirmed today (Monday 13 November) that around 150 engineers who maintain and repair First Glasgow’s bus operations have secured a significant pay deal.
Unite’s engineers emphatically backed the new offer by 92 per cent which will see the hourly wage increase by a minimum of 17.6 per cent by April 2024. The pay deal will initially increase wages from £15.31 to £17.50, and thereafter to a minimum of £18 per hour in April 2024. This equates to a minimum income rise of over £5,000.
Around 1,200 Unite bus drivers are involved in a similar pay dispute with First Bus. The bus drivers voted by 99 per cent in support of strike action on a high turnout of 77 per cent. Strike action is scheduled to start at 04:00 on Friday 24 November continuing until Friday 1 December when the action concludes at 3.59am - unless there is a breakthrough in pay talks.
Unite the union has today (Wednesday 8 November) confirmed that over 1,200 First Glasgow drivers have emphatically backed strike action in a dispute over pay.
The bus drivers voted by 99 per cent in support of strike action on a high turnout of 77 per cent. Unite, which represents the workers, has confirmed that strike action is scheduled to start at 4am on Friday 24 November continuing until Friday 1 December when the action concludes at 3.59am.
The engineers are involved in a pay dispute with both First Glasgow (No1) and First Glasgow (No2). Unite members rejected a revised pay offer from both companies, who are part of First Group PLC’s bus operations in Scotland, on the basis that it did not meet the ‘expectations’ of members after years of real terms pay cuts.
Unite research has discovered that the average pay per employee has failed to keep pace with inflation at either First Bus company, with a real terms decrease of 10 per cent at Glasgow (No 2) and eight per cent at Glasgow (No 1) over the last five years. These pay cuts translate into around £3,000 per year in lost pay.
First Manchester (UNITE) Updates
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Oldham bus strikes, by members of Unite employed at First Manchester, will be suspended next week (4, 5, 6, 7, 8 September) to allow workers to be balloted on an improved deal.
Strike action plans by Greater Manchester Accessible Transport (GMAT) workers have also been put on hold to allow Unite members to be balloted on a better offer.
Stagecoach drivers are taking action over a failure to backdate a pay offer. While an improved offer of around 14.3 per cent was made - taking the hourly rate to £16 an hour - the deal would have been implemented from September rather than June, the agreed anniversary date for pay rises. Instead, a £750 one-off payment in lieu of full back pay was offered.
First Manchester drivers say that without a significant pay rise, chronic staff shortages and overwork will worsen at the company. The workers have rejected a 7.4 per cent pay offer backdated to April with a further 3.4 per cent in October.
Three-part offer must come in one instalment or strikes will continue to intensify
To First Manchester’s struggling drivers, however, receiving a full pay rise in one go will help relieve the financial pressures they are under from rising prices and historic low pay. Our members do a tough job, First Manchester needs to acknowledge that by providing a no-strings pay deal.”
Pay strikes by around 360 bus drivers employed by First Manchester will intensify during July following a renewed ‘sub par’ offer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Friday).
First Manchester, which pays drivers a pound less an hour than the region’s other bus operators, revised its previous two-part offer with a three-part deal. The split would see a rise backdated from April, with another implemented from October and a final one in January.
The drivers have been clear that they expect any pay deal to be implemented fully from April. On top of difficult working conditions, including a lack of access to toilets, long shifts and exhaustion from looking after the safety of thousands of passengers in busy built-up areas, the drivers often face physical and verbal abuse.
Around 360 bus drivers employed by First Manchester will strike in July over an “INADEQUATE” pay offer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Monday). Drivers at First Manchester earn less than other bus companies in the area. First Manchester drivers earn £13.50 an hour, while Go North West pays £14.37, Diamond Bus £14.30 and Stagecoach £14. The difference in wages is expected to increase as the other companies implement their yearly pay increases. First Manchester drivers say that without a significant pay rise, chronic staff shortages and overwork will worsen at the company. The workers have rejected a 7.4 per cent pay offer backdated to April with a further 3.4 per cent in October.
First Solent (UNITE) Updates
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Planned strike action by bus drivers employed at First South have been called off after the company agreed to make a cost-of-living payment to its workers, following negotiations led by Unite on behalf of its members.
However, following talks this week First South agreed to make a one-off lump sum payment of £600 to the workers, (separate from ongoing pay talks) and as a result the industrial action has been called off.
The dispute is a result of the company refusing to make a reasonable cost of living payment to its workers, who are struggling to make ends meet on low wages. Drivers are paid just £12 an hour, while the lowest earners at the company receive just £11.03 an hour. The company has refused to negotiate on the issue.
The four days of strike action which will involve 185 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will begin at 03:00 on Friday 25 August and end at 03:00 on Tuesday 29 August.
First West Yorkshire (UNITE) Updates
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Leeds bus strikes, by members of Unite employed at First West Yorkshire, will be suspended for two weeks from Tuesday (20 June) to allow workers to be balloted on an improved deal.
Following extensive negotiations over the weekend, a new offer was put forward by First West Yorkshire’s management.
800 workers from Unite in Leeds are going on strike from Sunday, over when their pay rise is going to happen. The pay date was changed during Covid "in order to safeguard jobs and to enable us to offer an enhanced sick pay scheme during the pandemic", but the union says the delay in reverting to an April pay date will leave workers "left struggling during the cost-of-living crisis" and might not get a pay increase until October. The strike will cause "severe disruption" to customers who rely on the bus service.
Around 800 First West Yorkshire bus drivers will begin strike action every day from 18 June over the company’s refusal to return the date on which new pay rises are enacted back to normal.
The workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, agreed during the pandemic to change their anniversary pay date to October to assist the company financially. First West Yorkshire has refused to move the date back to April however, meaning workers have been left struggling during the cost-of-living crisis and will not receive a much needed pay increase until October at the earliest.
Gatwick Airport (UNITE) Updates
4 Strike Dates 0 Planned
Strike action by workers employed by ground handling company Red Handling, at Gatwick Airport, which was due to begin tomorrow morning (Friday 18 August), has been called off after workers received a significantly improved pay offer.
The workers who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, received the revised offer late yesterday (Wednesday 16 August) and will now be balloted on the proposed deal. As an act of good faith this week’s strike action has been suspended.
Following a greatly improved offer, strike action this weekend by workers employed by Wilson James, which operates the passenger assistance programme at the airport, has been suspended to allow members to vote on the new offer.
However, the strike action involving workers employed by ground handling company Red Handling, remains live. Further talks were held at the weekend and a further offer was made but it is thought that it is not likely to meet member expectations. The result of the ballot will be known on Thursday 17 August shortly before the strike is due to begin at 00:01 on Friday 18 August, with the walk out ending at 23:59 on Monday 21 August.
Fresh strikes are set to affect Gatwick airport later this month, as workers take eight days of industrial action, including the August Bank Holiday weekend, in pay disputes.
The strikes will involve over 230 workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed at Red Handling, a ground handling company and Wilson James, which operates the passenger assistance contract at the airport.
Green King Brewers (UNITE) Updates
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The five-day strike by 188 staff working for brewery giant Greene King has ended without a resolution to the pay dispute and more action is planned. Unite said union members rejected an offer of a 3% pay rise and one-off payment of £650, and more strikes are planned for 21-23 December. Greene King said it was "disappointed" its offer was rejected. Unite said the pay offer was a substantial real-term wage cut because of inflation.
GWR Engineers (UNITE) Updates
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Highway Workers (PCS) Updates
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The members who are being called to take strike action this time, from 3 to 7 April, work in the National Traffic Operations Centre in Quinton, West Midlands. Their role is to co-ordinate with government and emergency services in the event of a major incident.
Control room staff and traffic officers at National Highways in England are set to go on strike for 12 days in a dispute over pay and conditions. The strikes, which could cause major delays on motorways and bring A-roads to a "standstill," are scheduled to take place during the busy Christmas travel period. Control centre staff and traffic officers play vital roles in maintaining the road network, including programming electronic signs, dealing with crashes, and coordinating emergency services responses. The strikes could cause delays in implementing congestion-reducing measures, such as lowering speed limits or closing lanes, and could hold up the clearance of debris after collisions.
HMRC (PCS) Updates
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The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union said 432 of its members working as customer service advisers in Glasgow and Newcastle-upon-Tyne will walk out on May 10-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 and June 1-2. -The announcement came amid a dispute over pay, pensions, jobs and redundancy between the PCS and the government. -The union predicts the walkouts will cause “significant problems” for businesses across the UK, with services including HMRC’s employer helpline, Student Loans Unit and PAYE registrations set to be affected. -PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our hard-working members in HMRC are fed up with being treated with disdain by a government that doesn’t seem to care about its own staff.”
p>At the Pay Day rally held earlier today (28 February) PCS ceneral secretary Mark Serwotka announced that HMRC and VOA will be joining those departments and agencies who already have a strike mandate, in taking strike action on Budget Day – WEDNESDAY 15 MARCH.
The group executive committee and VOAC will now be supporting the national leadership of the union in preparing for the forthcoming strike. They will also be commencing urgent discussions with the national leadership about the possibility of certain HMRC and VOA areas taking part in prolonged targeted action, supported by strike pay. We'll keep members fully informed of developments arising from these discussions.
House of Commons Security (PCS) Updates
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A strike by House of Commons security guards planned to take place on 31 October and 1 November and 6 and 7 November has been suspended.
Management have withdrawn their proposal to introduce an imposed roster, due to begin on 1 November, which would have seen our members work extra night shifts. PCS and management will now enter negotiations to seek to create a revised roster that members can accept. These discussions will continue until 31 January 2024.
PCS members being forced to work extra night shifts are to strike for 2 days having voted overwhelmingly for strike action after being told to work extra night shifts to cover for a lack of staff.
The more than 250 PCS members, who work across the Palace of Westminster, will strike from 7pm on 31 October to 7pm on 1 November and from 7pm on 6 November to 7pm on 7 November. Additionally, there will be an overtime ban beginning on 28 October and taking place every Monday and Wednesday, with two additional days of Sunday 5 and Tuesday 7 November.
These dates are built around the potential start date of the imposed roster on 1 November and the state opening of parliament.
Imperial College London (UNITE) Updates
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- Over 200 workers at Imperial College London are planning to strike on January 23rd over a 3.3% pay offer
- The workers, who are non-teaching staff, last took strike action in November.
- Further strikes will be scheduled in the coming weeks if the dispute is not resolved.
- With the real rate of inflation, RPI, at 13.4%, this is a pay cut in real terms.
- Imperial College's latest financial figures shows it brought in an income of over £1.2 billion for 2021/22 and had cash reserves of £1.7 billion.
- The workers include cleaners, technicians and maintenance and security staff. The dispute also involves members of University and Colleges Union (UCU) employed at Imperial College.
- Imperial College negotiates pay directly with staff, so the dispute is not part of the wider higher education strike action involving the University and Colleges Employers Association.
Jersey Teachers (NEU) Updates
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The National Education Union (NEU) said negotiations failed with the States Employment Board (SEB) over a 7.9% pay rise during a "long running dispute". The SEB said the NEU had rejected its offer of taking the dispute to an independent arbitrator.
The NEU said all 33 States schools, both primary and secondary, would be affected.
Land Registery (PCS) Updates
5 Strike Dates 0 Planned
All Land Registry employees working in the Customer Service Centres in Durham and Swansea are set to take action on 27 and 28 February and 1, 2 and 3 March 2023. All Land Registry employees working on the Customer Resolution Team are set to take action on Birkenhead, Coventry, Croydon, Durham, Fylde, Gloucester, Hull, Leicester, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Swansea, Telford and Weymouth on 27, 28, 1, 2 and 3 March 2023.
Lineside Logistics (UNITE) Updates
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Lineside Logistics is a company that distributes parts for Ford's iconic engine plant in Dagenham, East London, which is set to come to a standstill later this month as workers employed by Lineside Logistics take strike action over pay. The 120 plus workers, who are members of Unite, are also responsible for the company's parts distribution network in Turkey and South Africa. The strike is a result of the company making a pay offer of 7.5 per cent at a time when the real inflation rate (RPI) currently stands at 13.5 per cent. This amounts to a substantial real terms pay cut.
Unite regional officer Joe Welch said: "The strike action is set to cause huge disruption across Ford's plants and especially at Dagenham, however this dispute is purely of Lineside Logistics' making. It has had every chance to make a fair pay offer and has chosen not to do so.
LIverpool Streetscene Services (UNITE) Updates
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- Members of Unite union employed by Liverpool Streetscene Services Limited (LSSL) are set to undertake industrial action in a dispute over pay.
- The 80 plus workers are principally employed in refuse collection, street cleaning and parks and cemeteries. They will begin industrial action on Monday 23 January and it will end on Saturday 28 January.
- Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said, “Our members play a crucial role in keeping Liverpool clean and they deserve a fair days’ pay. LSSL and Liverpool council can’t sweep this issue under the carpet any longer.”
- Workers are seeking a pay increase of four per cent and an additional £1,000 to offset the cost of living crisis.
- LSSL is officially a private enterprise but it is wholly owned by Liverpool council and pay rates are linked to local government National Joint Council “green book” pay scales.
- Unite regional officer Brian Troake said that the workers are taking industrial action as a last resort, as LSSL have refused to address their concerns about the decade long pay restraint and the cost of living crisis.
London Mayor's Office for Police and Crime (PCS) Updates
5 Strike Dates 0 Planned
Almost 100 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union say they will walk out on 20-22 and 25-26 September.
The union said the workers had received a 7% pay rise but were angry not to be given a £1,500 one-off cost-of-living crisis payment offered to civil servants.
London Transit (UNITE) Updates
4 Strike Dates 2 Planned
More than 350 West London bus drivers and engineers will begin six days of strike action over pay on Friday (10 November), Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday).
The workers, who are employed by London Transit, which is owned by French-company RATP, are striking after they rejected a 6.8 per cent pay offer. This is a significant real terms pay cut as the real rate of inflation, RPI, stood at 11.4 per cent when the pay increase was supposed to be applied in April. The dispute is also over the company's attempt to reduce terms and conditions, including removing a longstanding £500 meal relief payment and attacking arrangements for a how workers take days off in lieu. Increasing bad feeling at the company, is the fact that it takes workers seven years to reach the full rate of pay, even though at most other bus companies it only takes three years of service.
Luton Airport (UNITE) Updates
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Strike action involving ground handlers employed by GH London at Luton Airport due to take place tomorrow (Wednesday 13 September) has been called off to allow last minute peace talks to take place.
Airport passengers will be braced for disruption as over 100 workers employed by GH London, who undertake ground handling for Wizz Air at the airport, have announced a further four days of strikes beginning on Wednesday 20 September. This is in addition to the strike already announced to take place on 13 September.
The strike is a result of GH London continually targeting and threatening a Unite rep with disciplinary action; the use of CCTV and audio recording of workers in break rooms without agreement; the company’s failure to follow its own disciplinary and grievance process; the disproportionate use of discipline against ethnic minority employees; and its failure to pay wages in full and on time.
Workers employed by Saase Limited on the airport’s outsourced cleaning contract will also be on strike for four days from Wednesday 20 September. The workers, who are paid just £10.90 an hour, have rejected a below inflation pay increase. The strike will result in dirty toilets and an unkempt airport.
Passengers flying with Wizz Air have been warned to brace themselves for substantial delays and disruption after workers employed by its ground handler GH London Ground Handling Services Ltd, announced strike action following a complete collapse in industrial relations.
Over 80 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will stage three initial days of strike action. The first 24-hour strike will take place on Wednesday 30 August followed by further walk outs on 6 September and 13 September.
Mahle Engine Systems (UNITE) Updates
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The Unite Union is striking at Mahle Engine Systems over pay discrepancies, with the first strike taking place on May 16th. The dispute relates to an extra pay increase that some workers received instead of applying it to the entire workforce, as well as a 3.4% increase which all workers received from January 2023. The strike action will take place over the following dates: 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th May, 1st June. Unite's members overwhelmingly supported strike action with an 81.3% turnout. The trade union can further confirm that its Mahle membership will hold an overtime ban effective from 7am today (15th May) until 14th August.
Menzies Aviation (Birmingham Airport) (UNITE) Updates
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An all-out strike by plane refuelers employed by Menzies Aviation at Birmingham Airport has been called off at the eleventh hour following an improved pay offer. The workers were due to begin strike action tomorrow (Tuesday 15 August), which would have created considerable disruption and delays across the airport.
However, as workers began to prepare to walk out, Menzies made a revised offer. The new offer is as follows: a nine per cent pay increase, a one-off payment of £750, making temporary staff permanent, and upgrading communications technology. The members were balloted on the offer and it was accepted.
Refuelling tanker drivers and operators employed at Birmingham airport will strike over pay, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday).
The workers, who refuel over three quarters of planes at the airport, have rejected a nine per cent pay offer. This is a real terms pay cut when the real rate of inflation, RPI, stands at 10.7 per cent.
Last year, the workers received a six per cent pay rise, which due to rocketing inflation was also a significant pay cut in real terms.
Mersey Care (RCN) Updates
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- Almost 300 health care workers at Mersey Care will take strike action this week over pay.
- GMB members including nurses, health care assistants, support staff, cleaners and admin staff will walk out for 24 hours from 00:01 to 23.59 on 18 January 2023
- Mersey Care workers voted to strike over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award - another massive real terms pay cut.
- Mike Buoey, GMB Organizer, said Mersey Care staff are furious and have had their livelihoods choked by a decade of pay cuts and now this Government appears hell bent on taking away their legal right to strike.
- Steve Barclay needs to listen to workers and talk to GMB about pay for this year to resolve this dispute.
Movianto (GMB) Updates
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GMB Union has announced two dates of industrial action by drivers at Movianto, a major healthcare logistics provider to private clients and the NHS.
The strike action is due to take place on Thursday 6 and Tuesday 11 April. Drivers at the company are responsible for transporting essential and often lifesaving medicines, including individual prescriptions and NHS medical supplies.
NHS Ambulance (UNITE) Updates
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Manchester, Birmingham 12th Jun 2023
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Yorkshire Ambulance Trust 1st Jun 2023
Guy’s and St Thomas 9th May 2023
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The vote by the NHS staff council to accept the government’s pay deal will not stop agreed strikes by Unite health service members going ahead. Unite NHS members rejected the government’s pay offer in a consultative ballot by 52 per cent on a turnout of 55 per cent.
“The current offer will not solve the huge issues surrounding understaffing that are destroying the NHS and Unite’s members have their union’s absolute backing in fighting against it. It now time for the government to reopen negotiations. The prime minister needs to stop hiding, step in and solve this dispute.”
The vote was for members to reject the government’s pay offer that was made in a consultative ballot. The ballot was closed today (Friday, 28 April).
The offer did not match the higher settlement approved by Unite members in Scotland. For example, under the terms of the current government offer a paramedic on a band 6 in salary will earn almost £3,500 less per year than a corresponding worker in Scotland.
Striking NHS workers will now go ahead with their industrial action.
Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher said: "Unite was clear from the start it was very unlikely this offer would be accepted. It is quite frankly a joke that NHS workers are being forced to fight for a decent pay rise after years of pay freezes and all their sacrifices during the pandemic. The government should be delivering generous rewards for that instead of a parade of insults bullying and lies about our industrial action. Unite will be backing our NHS members 100 per cent."
The government’s NHS offer ends on 28th April, and so far the known results show that members in a large number of NHS trusts are voting to reject the offer. Union representatives in those trusts with a live strike mandate will now be issuing strike notices. This was agreed at a Unite meeting today, which will herald a wave of new strikes early in May.
Members at Guys and St Thomas’ Trust in South London, and the Yorkshire Ambulance Trust, will be the first in this new wave of Unite strikes in the NHS. Unite members there will overwhelmingly reject the government offer as totally inadequate. They are also increasingly angry that the government has blatantly failed to deliver its commitment to find new money to pay for its proposals rather than robbing other health budgets.
Further, the UK government offer doesn’t even match the higher settlement approved by Unite members in Scotland. For example, under the terms of the current government offer a paramedic on a band 6 in salary in England will earn almost £3,500 less per year than a corresponding worker in Scotland.
- Union head of operations Gail Cartmail has announced that they have agreed to pause their upcoming ambulance strikes in order to enter into talks with the government.
- If the meeting doesn't meet these assurances, strike action will resume.
- Unite union announces 1,500 ambulance workers will strike on six extra days across February and March
- Strikes will take place on 17, 20 and 22 February and 6 and 20 March
- Unite workers will also join nurses and ambulance staff represented by the GMB striking on 6 February in the biggest NHS walkout in this dispute
- Four of the new strike dates coincide with mass walkouts of ambulance staff represented by the GMB
- Patients are warned to expect widespread disruption to services on Wednesday and Thursday due to the RCN walkout
- The government has made it clear it is not willing to move on this year's pay award
- Health Secretary Steve Barclay is exploring the option of backdating the 2023-24 rise to January
- A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said it is "disappointing some union members are going ahead with further strikes at a time when the NHS is already under huge pressure from Covid, flu and tackling the backlog."
- More than 2,600 additional ambulance workers plan to strike in late January over pay, according to the trade union Unite
- The strike will take place on 23 January and will involve more workers than the pre-Christmas strike
- Unite's members in Wales, the north-west, north-east and east Midlands will strike for 24 hours, while a strike in the West Midlands will last for 12 hours from 6am to 6pm
- Unite members working for the Welsh ambulance service will also be taking an initial day of industrial action on 19 January
- Life and limb emergency cover will be in place during the action
- The government has failed to intervene and end the dispute, according to Unite's general secretary, Sharon Graham
- Unison and the GMB Union will also be striking on Wednesday next week
NHS Confederation (UNITE) Updates
1 Strike Date 0 Planned
Unite, Britain’s leading trade union, announced that its NHS Confederation staff members will walk out on Thursday 5 October. They work in policy, communications, managerial and administrative roles within the organisation.
Following the introduction of a new pay structure which saw one-in-five staff hit by a take-home pay cut and opportunities for pay progression curtailed, Unite members will head to the picket line as part of a campaign to reinstate staff pay and progression opportunities. Nearly 90 per cent of members taking part in the ballot voted to take strike action. A Unite survey of all staff, before the pay cut was imposed, found 60 per cent already said they were struggling with the cost of living.
NHS Health Staff (Unison) Updates
2 Strike Dates 0 Planned
Wirral University Teaching Hospital 31st Aug 2023
Wirral University Teaching Hospital
Over 400 health staff at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH) will take strike action this month in a dispute over pay, says UNISON today (Thursday).
The NHS says that CSWs on a low pay band* like those at WUTH should only be undertaking personal care like supporting patients with going to the toilet, bathing and feeding.
But a survey by the union has found that most CSWs at the band 2 pay scale are routinely undertaking clinical tasks like taking and monitoring blood, electrocardiogram (ECG) tests, and inserting cannulas.
UNISON says that according to NHS job role profiles, all these duties should be paid according to at least a band 3 salary, which is nearly £2,000 a year more.
NHS Junior Doctors (BMA) Updates
27 Strike Dates 0 Planned
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Rishi Sunak, the prime minister, and Steve Barclay, the health secretary, have so far both repeatedly stuck to the line that the government’s pay offer of 6% and an extra £1,250 is final.
But the prospect of another wave of strikes by junior doctors is likely to prompt renewed calls for ministers to negotiate and end the dispute. They have made cutting NHS waiting times a key promise before the next general election.
- Junior doctors in England have announced a new five-day walkout in July, the longest yet, over pay.
- The strike will take place between 07:00 on Thursday 13 July and 07:00 on Tuesday 18 July.
- The British Medical Association (BMA) union said a government offer of a 5% rise was not "credible" and that pay has not kept up with inflation.
- Ministers say the pay offer is "fair and reasonable".
- BMA negotiators has been asking for a 35% increase to make up for 15 years of below-inflation rises.
- This will be the fourth strike by junior doctors since the pay dispute began.
- Thousands of planned appointments will need to be postponed while more senior doctors fill in to provide emergency care.
- Junior doctors make up around half of all hospital doctors in England and a quarter of all doctors working in GP surgeries.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced a new 72-hour walkout in June after the latest round of government pay talks broke down. The strike will take place between 07:00 on Wednesday 14 June and 07:00 on Saturday 17 June. The government spokesperson called the pay offer "fair and reasonable" and said it was "surprising and deeply disappointing" that the BMA had declared further strikes "while constructive talks were ongoing". If the strike is not called off, there will be a minimum of three days of walkouts a month until the BMA's mandate expires in August.
The language from the BMA and the government suggests both sides are a long way from agreement, with union representatives saying that ministers will not accept the "fundamental reality" of the situation.
At the same time, their more senior colleagues - consultant doctors - are being balloted separately on industrial action in a vote which runs through until June 27.
Dr Vivek Trivedi and Dr Robert Laurenson, the co-chairs of the BMA junior doctor committee, said they announced the latest strikes with “disappointment and great frustration”.
They said: “The Government has dragged its feet at every opportunity. It has not presented any credible offer and is refusing to accept that there is any case for pay restoration, describing our central ask as ‘unrealistic’ and ‘unreasonable’.
“Even yesterday they continued to add new unacceptable preconditions to talks instead of getting on and trying to find a resolution. We therefore have no confidence that, without further action, these negotiations can be successful.”
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors in England will take strike action from 13 to 15 March. The BMA is protesting against a 15-year decline in real terms wages, saying that this has left junior doctors "demoralised, angry and no longer willing to work for wages that have seen a real terms decline of over 26% in the past 15 years". The three-day strike, starting and finishing at 07:00, will see junior doctors walk out of both routine and emergency care. They can only withdraw from life-and-limb emergency care if the NHS has found other staff to cover for them.
The last time junior doctors went on strike was in 2016, over a new contract that had been introduced. During the 2016 strike, consultants stepped in but this meant a huge amount of pre-planned treatments such as knee and hip replacements had to be cancelled.
The British Medical Association (BMA) is planning a 72-hour walkout in an effort to get a pay rise of 26%. The vote by the BMA involved nearly 48,000 members working across hospitals and the community - more than two-thirds of the junior doctor workforce. More than three-quarters of those balloted took part, with 98% voting in favor of action. "We are frustrated, in despair and angry and we have voted in our thousands to say, 'in the name of our profession, our patients, and our NHS, doctors won't take it any more'." Junior doctors have been striking for a number of years now, with the most recent walkout happening in 2016. This year's pay increase only covers the next three years, and the Department of Health and Social Care said that, alongside an 8.2% pay rise over four years, the current deal also introduced higher bands of pay for the most experienced staff, and increased rates for night shifts. Health Secretary Steve Barclay said he had met with the BMA to discuss pay and conditions, and said he had "hugely valued" the work of junior doctors. However, the pay award for the 2023-24 financial year is expected to be announced in the coming
Junior doctors in England are striking for three days in a dispute over pay and conditions. Their pay has decreased since 2008, and they are seeking a inflation-matching pay raise. The government is negotiating with other healthcare unions, but the junior doctors have not yet agreed to come in and talk.
NHS Nurses (RCN) Updates
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- RCN strike action in Wales scheduled for July 12 and 13 has been cancelled after the Welsh government offered to have further talks on the non-pay elements of the pay award.
- The talks come after the RCN rejected the latest pay deal and previously went on strike for two days.
- The pay package was implemented after most other health unions accepted the deal.
- Discussions will focus on commitments to enhance staff wellbeing, with no further discussion on pay elements for 2022/23 and 2023/24.
- Letters notifying health boards and trusts of the upcoming RCN Wales statutory ballot for strike action have been put on hold during discussions with the Welsh government.
- The Welsh government's willingness to discuss non-pay elements of working conditions has led to the pause in strike action.
- The RCN hopes these discussions will lead to positive outcomes for NHS nursing staff in Wales, and updates will be provided to members in due course.
- The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will continue to lobby the UK government for fair pay for nursing in England but the turnout in the statutory strike ballot did not surpass the required 50% threshold to take action.
- More than 100,000 members voted in favour of strike action, around 84% of the total number of people who voted.
- For the ballot to be valid, approximately 140,000 papers needed to be returned, but only 122,000 were received by the closing date, meaning the ballot did not reach the turnout threshold required by the Trade Union Act 2016.
- RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen said that the fight for fair pay and staffing is far from over, and the voice of nursing will continue to be heard.
- The ballot asked members whether they were prepared to take strike action in response to the NHS pay award for 2022/23 and 2023/24.
- The vote was conducted by post between 23 May and 23 June, and came after members rejected the award in April following six days of historic strike action.
- The legal threshold for strike action applied once to the entire voting membership as opposed to per NHS employer, and the RCN hoped that achieving the mandate would have allowed for an even larger strike than in the past.
Today (2 May) an NHS Staff Council meeting, involving employers and all health unions, confirmed that the pay offer for NHS staff in England was accepted by the majority of unions despite the RCN’s vote to reject. It will therefore be implemented by the UK government.
However, the RCN’s membership voice is loud and clear – you've said it’s not enough and that’s why the RCN voted to reject it formally today and to stay in dispute with the government. We’ve demonstrated that it’s not enough through the weekend’s strike (30 April and 1 May) and will go further in our next ballot to secure a better offer on top of the one that was accepted today.
A judge has ruled that our planned strike action at NHS workplaces across England must be cut short by a day. It will now end 11.59pm on 1 May, as opposed to 8pm on Tuesday 2 May.
“Nursing staff will be angered but not crushed by today’s interim order. It may even make them more determined to vote in next month’s reballot for a further six months of strike action. Nobody wants strikes until Christmas - we should be in the negotiating room, not the courtroom today.
“The government has won this legal battle. But they have lost the support of nursing staff and the public. The most trusted profession has been taken through the courts, by the least trusted people.”
- Health Secretary Steve Barclay has said he plans to "pursue legal action" over the Royal College of Nursing's upcoming strike action.
- The action will see nurses in emergency departments, intensive care and cancer wards down tools for the first time.
- NHS bosses wrote to HEALTH SECRETARY STEVE BARCLAY asking him to check the legality of the strike action, before the mandate expires in May.
- Mr Barclay said: "Following a request from NHS Employers, I have regretfully provided notice of my intent to pursue legal action to ask the courts to declare the Royal College of Nursing's upcoming strike action planned for 30 April to 2 May to be unlawful."
- The government firmly believes in the right to strike, but it is vital that any industrial action is lawful and I have no choice but to take action.
- Nurses who participate in the strike could have their careers in jeopardy.
- RCN general secretary and chief executive, Pat Cullen, branded the move "nakedly political".
- "Bullying nurses and dragging us through the highest courts would not be a good look for the government," a statement from the RCN added.
- The RCN's consultation on the revised NHS pay offer for nursing staff in England has ended with 46% of eligible members voting to accept the offer, 54% voting to reject the offer, and 61% of eligible members voting.
- The RCN has sent a letter to the Health Secretary to seek an urgent re-opening of pay talks with the UK government and is organizing a 48-hour strike with no derogations from 8pm on 30 April to 8pm on 2 May.
- The RCN will also conduct an England-wide statutory ballot to extend the scope and duration of our current mandate for strike action.
- The RCN wants an improved and formal pay offer from the UK government to postpone strike action.
-The consultative ballot was open between Tuesday 28 February and Monday 20 March 2023. -Just over 50% of eligible members took part in the consultative ballot, with 53.4% voting to accept the offer. -The offer was accepted by a narrow majority, but many members voted to reject the offer because of the nursing workforce crisis. -The Scottish government should live up to its promise to reform Agenda for Change and to make nursing a career of choice once again. -The Nursing and Midwifery taskforce will be established to recommend a series of actions to support the retention and development of existing nursing staff and encourage more people to consider a career in nursing.
The Royal College of Nursing and the Department of Health and Social Care have announced that they will enter "intensive" negotiations in order to settle the ongoing pay dispute. Next week's 48-hour strike is set to be the biggest yet, with half of frontline services affected. The government has offered a 3.5% pay increase, which the RCN has said it is willing to accept.
- Strikes will take place at 128 NHS employers in England next month.
- The next strikes will run without pause for 48 hours from the morning of Wednesday 1 March to the morning of Friday 3 March with every single member in England, where there is a mandate to strike, being called to withdraw their labour.
- Services previously ‘derogated’ will not be to the same extent.
- Members will now be able to claim £80 a day for strike action taken from March. This will rise to £120 a day for members who have taken strike action for four or more days.
- Progress has been seen in Scotland and Wales and as a result, strike action is paused here. In Northern Ireland, we have no further strike dates agreed yet. We remain in dispute here and further strikes cannot be ruled out.
- The head of the UK's biggest nursing union has issued a last ditch appeal to Rishi Sunak to agree a compromise over pay in order to prevent the worst strikes in the NHS's history from causing massive disruption to patients across England on Monday.
- In a letter to the prime minister, Pat Cullen, the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said they would call off strikes planned for Monday and Tuesday if the government offered 3% more (in addition to the 4% already awarded for this year).
- While the union's official demand is for a 19% rise for nurses this year, sources say an offer totalling just 7% would be the basis for talks and an end to strikes.
- Despite the health secretary, Steve Barclay, having fought behind the scenes for more money for nurses, the Treasury and No 10 have put a firm block on any increased offer, saying they will not improve on the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body.
- The Treasury is insisting that its number one priority is to drive down inflation and that increasing pay to one public sector union will trigger a rush of demands from others for “special treatment”.
- Nurses will stage two more strikes next month as the row over pay continues, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced.
- RCN members will walk out on 6 and 7 February, in an escalation of industrial action, more NHS trusts will take part than during the two previous days of industrial action in December.
- Nurses at 55 NHS trusts in England are scheduled to walk out on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but the February action will expand to cover 73 trusts.
- Some 12 health boards and organizations in Wales will also take part in the two consecutive days of strikes.
- The RCN said it will not take action in Northern Ireland next month, while in Scotland strike action remains paused as negotiations continue.
- The union had initially demanded a pay increase of up to 19% to cover soaring inflation and falls in real term wages over the past decade.
- But earlier this month, RCN boss Pat Cullen said she would be willing to "meet the government halfway" and could accept a pay rise of around 10% to end its ongoing dispute with the government.
- The two days of industrial action by nurses in trusts across England and Wales in December led to the cancellation of thousands of hospital appointments and operations.
- Trade union leaders have said talks with Steve Barclay over NHS pay have been "bitterly disappointing" and an "insult", resulting in planned strikes to go ahead.
- A walkout of ambulance workers will take place on Wednesday.
- The Royal College of Nursing said ministers still have a "distance to travel to avert next week's nurse strike", and physiotherapists will be announcing strike dates later this week.
- Steve Barclay has agreed to consider calls for a one-off payment ahead of a review looking at next year's pay settlement starting in April.
- The Royal College of Nursing described the meeting with Barclay as "bitterly disappointing" and criticized his unwillingness to discuss a 2022-23 pay award.
- Joanne Galbraith-Marten, Director of Employment Relations at the RCN said: "Ministers have a distance to travel to avert next week’s nurse strike”.
- The GMB union said the 11 and 23 January ambulance strikes would go ahead as planned after the talks “fell well short”.
- However, Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison, praised the "change in tone" from the health secretary and said some "progress" had been made on the idea of greater pay for NHS staff.
Nurses across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are set to strike this week after a meeting between the union and the health secretary ended in deadlock. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) condemned the government's refusal to discuss pay and called ministers' stance "belligerent." The strikes are set to take place on Thursday, December 15 and Tuesday, December 20. The Scottish government recently agreed to a 7.5% pay deal with the Unite and Unison unions, calling off their planned strikes. The RCN is currently balloting its members on the offer and will announce the results next week.
NHS Radiographers (SoR) Updates
3 Strike Dates 0 Planned
The Society of Radiographers (SoR) said its members will walk out for 24 hours from 8am on 3 October after talks with the government earlier this month had broken down.
Mr Rogers added: "The government agreed to support a 6.5% pay increase for other public sector workers. This only highlights how inadequate and unfair the NHS 5% deal is.
"Radiography professionals should be offered a 6% to 7% increase, in line with other public servants.
NHS Senior Doctors (BMA) Updates
9 Strike Dates 0 Planned
The government has said there will be no more pay talks, after agreeing to the 6% pay increase the independent pay review body recommended. The union has asked for more to make up for what it says is repeated pay cuts.
Pay has fallen by 27% since 2008 once inflation is taken into account, but the BMA said once changes to tax and pension contributions are factored in, the cut to take-home pay is 35%.
- NHS consultants in England have announced two additional strike days over a pay dispute.
- The strikes were scheduled for Thursday and Friday, but will now also include August 24 and 25.
- The British Medical Association (BMA) called the 6% pay rise "derisory" and said it amounted to a real-terms pay cut.
- The government defended the pay rise, stating that it was fair, and expressed disappointment with the new strike dates.
- During the strikes, consultants will provide emergency care and a limited amount of routine work.
- The pay rise announced last week coincided with a five-day strike by junior doctors.
- Consultant pay has fallen 27% since 2008, according to the BMA, and the pay rise was seen as insulting.
- The BMA is calling for pay rises that match inflation, rather than full pay restoration.
- Senior hospital doctors in England have voted to strike for two days next month, according to the British Medical Association (BMA).
- The consultants will walk out on 20 and 21 July.
- Members were asked to vote on "Christmas Day levels of care", the medical union said.
- Christmas-like cover means the action will be "safe and effective", it claimed.
- The BMA admitted, however, that while emergency care will still be provided, elective or non-emergency work will be cancelled.
- Junior doctors have already said they are planning to strike FROM 13 TO 18 JULY.
- It means that for seven days next month, regular appointments and pre-planned operations will be disrupted.
- Consultants' average earnings are about £128,000, the Department of Health and Social Care said, following a 4.5% rise in the last financial year.
The British Medical Association (BMA) is organizing a 48-hour walkout on July 20 and 21 in response to what they say are repeated pay cuts. If doctors vote in favor of action, the walkout will affect routine services but emergency care will be covered. The result of the ballot is due on June 27, but the BMA said they wanted to give the NHS notice of the strike. The union called the ballot over what they said was repeated pay cuts. Pay has fallen by 27% since 2008 once inflation is taken into account, but the BMA said once changes to tax and pension contributions are factored in the cut to take-home pay is 35%. Unlike the junior doctors, who will be involved in the third walkout of their pay dispute next week, consultants are not asking for full pay restoration in one go. Instead, they want to see the government to start at least giving pay rises that match inflation.
OCS Security (PCS) Updates
4 Strike Dates 0 Planned
- Security officers employed by OCS in 149 courts across England and Wales will start a four-day strike over pay tomorrow (22).
- The strike action has been called following the company’s latest pay offer which is only 38p above the national minimum wage.
- Some courts have already announced they will be closed tomorrow, with more expected to follow suit as staff fail to turn up for work on 22, 25, 27 and 29 September.
Ofgem (PCS) Updates
6 Strike Dates 0 Planned
- Delivery and Schemes staff are among the least well-paid staff in Ofgem
- They administer vital government programmes, meaning staff responsible for regulating the energy market are struggling to pay their own energy bills
- On 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17April, staff will walk out in an escalation of the PCS national campaign over pay, pensions justice and job security
The PCS national campaign over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy terms has been ongoing since November last year, with several one-day national strikes taking place in February and March. Local reps will be in touch with members soon to provide information and help with joining protests. The campaign is ongoing with fresh strike ballots being sent out in order to escalate the action beyond May.
Ofsted (PCS) Updates
12 Strike Dates 0 Planned
- Members of the ARC team and Inspection Support Centre (ISC) are on strike from Monday to Wednesday in March.
- The first day of action saw members of the PCS turn out to support the strikers.
- The branch chair of the Independent Office for Police Conduct Manchester came along to bring messages of solidarity from her members.
- PCS expects there to be major disruption to Ofsted's ability to process applications and deal with correspondence during the strike.
Oxfam (UNITE) Updates
0 Strike Date 17 Planned
Nearly 500 Oxfam GB workers are to strike for 17 days throughout December for the first time in the charity’s 81-year history, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Thursday).
The workers voted by 83 per cent in favour of strike action in a ballot with an 82 per cent turnout. The vote came after they rejected a pay offer of £1,750 or six per cent (whichever is higher), plus a one-off taxed payment of £1,000 for the lowest earners.
The charity has repeatedly refused to enter fresh negotiations. Unite also understands Oxfam is looking at undermining the strike by using unpaid volunteers, an astonishing move for a charity that says it supports labour rights, including the right to strike.
Parking Wardens (GMB) Updates
8 Strike Dates 0 Planned
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Dozens of parking wardens across Wiltshire will take strike action to protest the council’s decision to remove a contractual unsocial hours payment. The action will take place across the county for one week from 10 December, taking in two of the busiest Christmas shopping Saturdays. GMB members have previously taken two days of strike action in May before the plans were shelved, only to have the proposals put forward again in August. The proposals, if successful, would result in traffic wardens losing around £2,000 a year, with social workers losing up to 20% of their pay, or £3,500 annually.
Passport Offices (PCS) Updates
33 Strike Dates 0 Planned
Members of PCS in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland will walk out from 3 APRIL to 5 MAY in an escalation of the union's long-running dispute over pay, pensions, redundancy terms and job security. -The ballot closes today (17).
Pensions Regulator (PCS) Updates
31 Strike Dates 6 Planned
Members in TPR took 2 weeks' strike action in September and have started another period of 4 weeks of strike action today as a result of the employer’s refusal to pay 4.5% with an extra 0.5% to be directed at the lowest paid which every other civil service employer has paid so far.
PCS went into the ACAS talks yesterday (10) in good faith looking to persuade TPR to pay some of the £1.5million bonus pot as proper pay to achieve parity with other civil service employers. Members working for TPR are furious that the bonus pot rewards the highest paid so much more than the lowest paid. In TPR if you are already very well paid you have a much greater chance of getting a bonus, and if you do, your bonus will be much bigger than your lower-paid colleagues.
Despite the best efforts of the negotiating team PCS was unable to persuade an intransigent TPR to find any more money or reallocate any of their bonus pot help to resolve the dispute.
PCS members working for The Pensions Regulator took strike action between 5 and 18 September in pursuit of our national campaign demands. Their employer has failed to pay staff the full monies available government’s increased pay remit of 4.5-5%. The revised remit – plus a one-off £1,500 cost-of-living payment – was won by PCS after a six-month campaign that saw three national strikes.
PCS has had four meetings with TPR management, but they have refused to concede anything and have doubled down on their original position of not meeting the terms of the civil service pay remit guidance.
- PCS members working for The Pensions Regular (TPR) in Brighton will take strike action from 5-18 September.
- The strike action is in response to a 3% pay rise offer.
- A national campaign of industrial action has already forced concessions from the government.
- The government made an improved pay offer to all civil service and related areas.
- However, TPR staff are only being offered a 3% increase in the pay bill.
- PCS has paused targeted strike action to engage in pay talks with individual departments.
- If employers fail to make good on concessions gained, further targeted action will be called.
Rail (ASLEF) Updates
54 Strike Dates 5 Planned
Overtime Ban 8th Dec 2023
Northern and TPT 7th Dec 2023
CrossCountry and GWR 6th Dec 2023
Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, SWR main line, SWR depot drivers, and Island Line 5th Dec 2023
C2C and Greater Anglia 4th Dec 2023
Overtime Ban 3rd Dec 2023
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Mick Whelan, Aslef's general secretary, said the union was "in this for the long haul". "Our members - who have not had a pay rise for nearly five years now - are determined that the train companies - and the Tory government that stands behind them - do the right thing," he added.
The day after Transport Secretary Mark Harper disingenuously told the Transport Select Committee [on Wednesday 15 November] that ASLEF should put the RDG’s April offer – which Mr Harper forgot to mention has already been rejected so is not ‘on the table’ – to members ASLEF has announced a rolling programme of one-day strikes and a nine-day overtime ban to ratchet up the pressure on the 16 train companies – and the Tory government that stands behind them – to give train drivers who have not had an increase in salary for four-and-a-half years the pay rise they deserve.
Train drivers at more than a dozen companies will strike on Friday, 1 September and refuse to work overtime on Saturday, 2 September, their union Aslef has said.
- After a week of negotiations at ACAS, the ASLEF Executive Committee have agreed to suspend planned industrial action on the London Underground.
- ASLEF's organiser on the Underground, Finn Brennan, stated that they have made progress in protecting members' working conditions and pensions from government cuts.
- There will be no changes to pension benefits before the next general election.
- Any future changes to working conditions and agreements will only be made through negotiation.
- According to Brennan, this is a significant step forward.
ASLEF members at these train companies have been in dispute for almost a year over the failure of management to offer a fair deal on pay. Most of the drivers have not had a pay increase at all since 2019 and with inflation still well over 10% and the cost of living spiralling, this is not acceptable.
Drivers won't accept modernisation forced upon them with no compensation, and they won't accept a return to draconian Victorian conditions or being expected to work harder, for longer, for less. All workers deserve better than that.
Tube train drivers voted by 99%, on a turnout of 77%, in favor of a walk out, the union said.
Mr Brennan, the union's organiser on London Underground, said its members were not prepared to put up with "threats" to working conditions and pensions.
"We understand that TfL faces financial challenges, post-pandemic, but our members are simply not prepared to pay the price for the government's failure to properly fund London's public transport system," he said.
- Drivers had been offered a 4% pay rise for two years in a row earlier this month in a bid to end a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.
- The pay deal hinged on several changes to working practices.
- Aslef said the proposal was "not and could not ever be acceptable", but its general secretary Mick Whelan said the union was open to further talks.
- The two new strike dates will affect 15 train companies. Aslef members have staged action on six previous occasions, causing huge disruption to services, with some operators unable to run any trains.
- The RMT union, which also represents a few hundred train drivers, confirmed its members at 14 companies would also strike on the same dates in February, although it will only make a marginal difference to the level of disruption.
- The RMT strike will affect many of the same train companies hit by the Aslef walkout, but also include c2c and Island Line.
- RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said negotiations would continue with the rail operators "to create a package on jobs, conditions and pay that can be offered to our members".
- The offer, the first in the dispute to be made by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train companies, would have seen drivers get a backdated pay rise of 4% for 2022 and a 4% increase this year.
- The RDG had said the deal would have seen the average salary for a driver increase from £60,000 per year to £65,000 by the end of 2023. Ten years ago it was £44,985.
- The Department for Transport called Aslef's rejection "incredibly disappointing", and said passengers had "borne the brunt of these damaging strikes for far too long".
Rail (ISS cleaners) (RMT) Updates
4 Strike Dates 0 Planned
The workers who are striking are contracted out staff working for ISS on the Docklands Light Railway. They will be taking strike action this weekend after rejecting an insulting pay offer of 1.8%. ISS staff on the DLR are underpaid compared to others on TfL performing equivalent roles, and have not been told yet if they will get access to the free travel facility. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has already promised all contracted out staff would get free travel across TfL, but ISS staff have not yet received this benefit.
Contracted cleaners working on the UK rail network plan to go on strike on December 31, 2022. The strike will involve over 1,000 cleaners working for contractors such as Atalian Servest, Churchill, and Mitie and will affect rail companies including Avanti West Coast, GWR, LNER, and TransPennine Express. The cleaners are demanding higher pay of £15 per hour, company sick pay, decent holidays, and good pensions from contractors that are making millions in profits. In addition, ISS cleaners on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will take strike action on December 30 and 31 over pay, imposed rosters, and attacks on working conditions. The strike action is being organized by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UNITE) Updates
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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is a membership organization for pediatricians in the UK and around the world. They play a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy.
Unite regional officer Matt Freeman said:
"The College can afford to pay workers more. The RCPCH ended the last financial year £2.2 million over budget, increasing reserves from £2.8million to £4.7million."
"Unite members have been Crystalfire clear about what it will take to end this dispute. Even though the College took no action following Unite's response last week, there is still time for management to make a decent pay offer to help workers through the cost of living crisis."
Rural Payments Agency (PCS) Updates
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Workers at the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) in the UK are set to go on strike in January as part of a wider series of strikes by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) across England, Scotland, and Wales. The PCS, which represents government employees, is calling for a 10% pay increase, better job security, and no cuts to redundancy terms for RPA workers, who provide services for farmers and other rural communities. The strikes follow a vote by 100,000 members of the PCS working in 124 government departments and other organizations in favor of strike action. The RPA strike will involve workers in Workington and Newcastle and will take place from January 3-6 and again from January 9-13.
Sandwell Refuse Workers (GMB) Updates
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- Sandwell Council is contracting Serco to provide bin collections to 125,000 homes
- The GMB Union has announced that industrial action will resume from Monday and continue until 16 June
- The pay offer that was rejected by the workers was a "real terms pay cut" with the union labelling it as a "disgrace"
- The strike will take place from 5:30am to noon on June 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
- Those on strike include street cleansing teams, tip workers and those who drive and load bin lorries
School Support Staff (UCU) Updates
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UCU today welcomed pay deals of up to 10% its members have overwhelmingly voted to accept at 25 college employers. These awards come on top of the 35 deals the union has already announced.
The latest set of deals include an improved offer at Bolton College after members took three days of strike action earlier this month, a 10% uplift at Tameside College, an uplift of up to 9.5% at South Staffordshire College and an 8.5% uplift at Hopwood Hall College. All the deals come after sustained work by UCU through its Respect Further Education campaign, including national and local ballots, and, at many institutions, the threat of strike action.
Staff at five colleges in Stockton on Tees, Redcar and Cleveland will begin strike action next month as part of an ongoing dispute over low pay unless management make a realistic pay offer, the University and College Union (UCU) announced today
Three days of strikes will take place at Bede Sixth Form College, NETA Training Group, Stockton Riverside College, The Skills Academy and Redcar and Cleveland College, all of which are part of employer group Education Training Collective (ETC).
The dispute is over the employer's 22/23 pay award of 3% which was rejected by UCU members. The college then offered to add an additional 1% from May and to remove the bottom point of the lecturer pay spine, which UCU members again voted to reject.
UCU said it wants employers to negotiate before staff are forced to strike, and that it has already settled disputes at 15 colleges, avoiding strike action, after receiving pay offers of up to 8.5%.
Employer representative, the Association of Colleges (AoC), has recommended a pay uplift of 6.5% but colleges do not have to follow it, and many have failed to do so in previous pay rounds.
- The University and College Union (UCU) has announced three days of strike action at Sparsholt College, starting Monday, January 9
- The action is in response to management's refusal to make a "realistic" pay offer to staff
- The college has run a surplus for the past two years and has more than £7m in the bank, according to its most recent financial report
- The pay of senior staff has increased by more than 16%, while 60% of total income is spent on staff, which is 8% below the English average
- The college has offered an £850 consolidated pay rise and one-off payments of £450 since previous strikes began
- RPI inflation currently stands at 14%, and the college is located in one of the least affordable areas in the UK
- The management team at Sparsholt College Group has said that lessons and bus services will continue to run as normal during the strike
School Support Staff (UNISON) Updates
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Council leaders had earlier agreed on a modified offer, with the promise that it would be backdated to April for all staff rather than just some. Cosla said this was due to additional "one-off funding" of £17.2m from the Scottish government and urged Unison to call off strike action.
They are now being recommended to accept the offer, with Unison saying it has secured an additional £100m for local government workers.
"The commitment to delivering a minimum rate of pay of £15 per hour for all local government workers by April 2026 will go a long way to tackling low pay across the sector. "Backdating the full offer to April this year will see an improvement for four in 10 local government workers."
Scottish Water (UNITE) Updates
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Unite the union can confirm that the joint trade unions and Scottish Water agreed late last night (Wednesday 15 November) to put a new pay offer to the workforce following a further round of talks held at the conciliation service Acas. As part of the negotiations, it was jointly agreed that the proposed new grading structure at Scottish Water would be decoupled from the 2023 pay offer. All parties agreed to enter into discussions on a new grading structure on the basis that it directly and fully involves the unions as part of long-standing collective bargaining processes.
500 key frontline workers to down tools in pay and grading dispute.
The dispute centres on Unite accusing Scottish Water bosses of bypassing long-standing collective bargaining processes involving trade unions. This specifically relates to a new ‘reward system’ which Scottish Water bosses are trying to impose on the workforce which is also being tied to the 2023 pay offer.
South Tyneside Refuse Workers (GMB) Updates
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Refuse workers were given warnings for supporting a lost, elderly, distressed woman living with dementia and for carrying a wheely bin back up steep front steps for a disabled resident. More than 80 per cent of the workforce are, or have just been on, a formal warning.
In total, 100 per cent majority of GMB members working at South Tyneside Refuse voted to strike in anger after years of inaction from the council to tackle a well known toxic work atmosphere.
Southwark Council Housing Repair Workers (UNITE) Updates
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130 housing repair workers will take strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions at Souhwark council. The workers have rejected the national pay offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925. The offer is below the rate of inflation and amounts to a real terms pay cut when Unite is seeking a pay increase of RPI + two per cent. The workers have also been excluded from two years of London weighting increases amounting to £860.
Stadler Rail (UNITE) Updates
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Engineers on the Metro are employed by Stadler Rail which has failed to make a fair pay offer despite seeing an increase of 13.4 per cent in their own funding from the publicly funded Nexus transport group. Stadler is also seeking to make adverse changes to pay anniversary dates.
Engineering staff began an overtime ban yesterday (Monday 6 November). A new pay offer has been made by Stadler Rail which is currently under consideration by members, but Unite has made it clear that unless the new offer is accepted industrial action will begin on 20 November for one week. Further strike action could occur at later dates. The ballot on the new pay offer closes at midday on 9 November.
Stagecoach East Midlands (RMT) Updates
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Stagecoach East Midlands workers at Mansfield and Worksop depots will be balloted on the new pay offer in a referendum. The union suspended the 48 hour strike action planned for 27 November after Stagecoach produced an offer which if accepted would take bus drivers wages to £15 an hour. It is worth 18.7% as part of a multi-year deal for all grades in the company with significant back pay and marks an improvement on previous offers made by the company. RMT is recommending acceptance of the offer and the referendum will close on November 30.
The union is calling on Stagecoach East Midlands to pay their staff a decent wage and provide good working conditions, arguing that low pay is endemic within the bus industry. Bus drivers currently only earn £10.93 an hour when they start the job with it only rising to £12.50 after one year's service.
Tower Hamlet Refuse Workers (UNITE) Updates
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Unite members secure an extra £750 plus all agency workers will be brought in house
Over 200 workers made up of refuse and street cleaners have rejected the national pay offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925. The offer is below the rate of inflation and amounts to real terms pay cut.
Truro & Penwith College (NEU & UCU) Updates
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Truro & Penwith College staff in Cornwall, England, were on picket lines today to pressure management to begin meaningful negotiations in a long-running dispute over low pay. This is the first of six extra days of action being taken because management is refusing to negotiate with UCU officials. Prior to today, UCU members at the college had already taken 10 days of strike action this year in the pay dispute. National Education Union (NEU) members also joined today's action, after recently winning their ballot for strike action, and will join all further strike days unless college bosses raise pay. Staff are demanding a pay rise to help them meet the cost of living crisis. RPI inflation is currently 14.2%, but the college has only raised pay by 2.5% alongside a one-off payment of just £750. The college has also presented the government's 1.25% reduction in national insurance contributions as a benefit that it has passed on to staff. UCU says the college can easily afford to meet staff demands but is instead pushing them into poverty. The most recent college accounts show it has reserves of over £38m, no debts, and is running a surplus. The college is refusing to allow negotiators from either the UCU or NEU to take part in pay negotiation meetings. This summer, UCU produced a report that shows the vast majority of college staff are financially insecure, impacting the mental health of more than eight in 10, with many being forced to skip meals and restrict hot water use to save money. Seven in 10 said they will leave the sector unless pay and working conditions improve.
University Staff (UCU) Updates
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Staff at the University of Sheffield will strike for ten days beginning on Monday 18 September in a dispute over 100% pay deductions following the marking boycott, the University and College Union (UCU) confirmed today
The strikes will hit the first teaching weeks of the new academic year. Staff will be on picket lines across the campuses including Firth Court from 8am on all ten days.
At 136 of the 140 universities, UCU members will strike for five consecutive days from Monday 25 to Friday 29 September. Strikes will hit four Scottish universities on slightly different dates to coincide with local action by other unions.
The dispute centres on low pay and working conditions. Employer body, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has imposed a pay award for 23/24 worth just 5% for most UCU members, even though they overwhelmingly voted to reject it. UCU is also demanding action on gig-economy employment practices and high workloads.
UCU has now withdrawn its marking and assessment boycott. This has been ongoing since Thursday 20 April. It will also begin reballoting universities shortly. This will allow it to escalate the dispute by taking further action this year and into 2024. Staff are continuing other forms of industrial action, including working to rule, not undertaking any voluntary activities, and not rescheduling lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action.
- UCU (Unions representing academic staff at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom) has called for a boycott of marking and assessment across all university campuses until UCEA (the employer body representing UK universities and colleges) agrees to an improved offer in the ongoing pay and working conditions dispute.
- The boycott covers all marking and assessment, including in writing, online, or verbally at 145 UK universities. It will continue until UCEA makes an improved offer.
- Queen's University Belfast and the University of Cambridge have called on UCEA to re-enter negotiations so the dispute can be resolved and students can graduate.
Over 100 staff at Tyne Coast College will down tools next week in a fight over fair pay.
The strike comes after 94% of those who voted backed strike action. Turnout was 54%. It is over the 2022/3 pay claim, which comes on top of multiple real-term wage cuts and a recent pay freeze (2019/20).
The University and College Union has today [Wednesday 19 April] confirmed that a marking and assessment boycott will commence tomorrow [Thursday 20 April] at 145 UK universities after employers failed to produce an improved offer in the pay & conditions dispute.
The boycott will continue until employers make an improved offer, at which point UCU will decide whether to continue the action or call it off.
The University and College Union (UCU) has today (5 April) announced that its members at universities across the UK will take part in a marking boycott from Thursday 20 April.
The boycott will be carried out as part of both the pay and conditions and USS pensions dispute and will see staff cease all summative marking and associated assessment activities and duties (such as exam invigilation) until further notice.
The marking and assessment boycott will continue until the disputes are settled, or UCU calls off the boycott, or at the end of the industrial action ballot mandate.
UCU has won back-to-back national ballots, twice beating the Tories' anti-union laws -Staff voted yes overwhelmingly for action short of strike in both ballots -UCU will now begin preparations to serve notice for a marking and assessment boycott
- UCU is in negotiations with employers through conciliation service Acas.
- The union has called this date in addition to those set to take place on Thursday 16, Friday 17, Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22
- The employer chose to put out its pay offer and make it clear that it is final.
- The reasons UCU has added this additional date is to focus the employers mind as talks come to a conclusion this week and especially early next week.
- UCU reached a point in negotiations with their employers where they have made significant progress across a range of issues, pausing action across pay and working conditions and USS pensions disputes for two weeks to create a period of calm; this means the strikes on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February next week and Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March will not go ahead. All the action scheduled after these dates remains in place.
- Progress made in negotiations with UCEA on USS pensions and UUK on pay
- Re-ballot underway
- UCU will only get the position across the line if members continue to deliver support
The University and College Union (UCU) plans to take strike action against employers across 150 UK universities this week in disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions.
The UCU is seeking a pay increase of 5% to 8%, as well as better job security and pensions, and has rejected employer offers of between 5% and 8%.
The PCS union plans to take strike action against employers across 150 UK universities this week in disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions.
- Members of UCU reject latest pay offer from UCEA by 80.4%.
- Offer from UCEA was 5% and would equate to another real-terms pay cut.
- Staff pay has fallen 25% behind inflation due to a decade of low pay awards from employers.
- Strike action will resume next week and continue through February and March unless a much-improved offer is made.
- UCU general secretary Jo Grady criticizes UCEA's claims of poverty and calls for a "proper offer."
- 150 UK universities will be hit by unprecedented strike action in February and March, unless university employers make improved offers in disputes over pay, working conditions, and pension cuts.
- This will be the biggest series of strikes ever to hit UK university campuses.
- UCU (University and College Union) is demanding a substantial pay increase to deal with the cost-of-living crisis and an end to the use of insecure contracts.
- In the pension dispute, UCU is demanding that employers revoke cuts and restore benefits. The package of cuts made last year will see the average member lose 35% from their guaranteed future retirement income.
- UCU will re-ballot its 70,000 members at the 150 universities in dispute to extend the union's mandate and allow staff to take further action through the rest of the academic year.
- UCU general secretary Jo Grady said that university sector in the UK has over £40bn sitting in reserves, but instead of using that wealth to deliver a cost-of-living pay rise and reverse devastating pension cuts, university vice-chancellors would rather force staff to take strike action and see campuses shut down.
- Tens of thousands of university staff will join other sectors in strikes on 1 February.
- In an ongoing dispute over pay, working conditions and pensions, 70,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) have voted to strike after talks with employers broke down on Monday.
- They will join other industries, including train drivers, civil servants and teachers, on a coordinated day of strikes on 1 February organised by the Trades Union Congress, which represents most unions.
- UCU members have threatened 17 more strike days in February and March if no agreement is made.
- UCU general secretary Jo Grady said "Whilst the cost of living crisis rages, university vice-chancellors are dragging their feet and refusing to use the vast wealth in the sector to address over a decade of falling pay, rampant casualisation and massive pension cuts."
- UCU is striking over two separate issues, calling for a meaningful pay rise to help staff with the cost of living crisis, an agreed framework to "eliminate insecure employment practices" such as temporary and zero-hour contracts, and to address "dangerously high workloads".
- In addition to this, the union is also in a pension dispute with 67 institutions as members demand employers withdraw cuts to their pension scheme and restore benefits to 2021 levels.
- Over 70,000 staff at 150 universities across the UK begin three days of strike action over attacks on pay, working conditions and pensions.
- The strike is the biggest in the history of higher education and UCU is predicting historic turnout on its picket lines.
- Staff will be picketing the entrances of every university each day of the action.
- The full strike dates are: Thursday 24 November, Friday 25 November, Wednesday 30 November
- The strikes come after UCU members overwhelmingly voted 'yes' to industrial action last month in two historic national ballots over attacks on pay and working conditions as well as pension cuts.
- The National Union of Students has backed the strike action, which could see over 2.5m students impacted.
- UCU is demanding employers revoke the cuts and restore benefits.
- UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'University staff are taking the biggest strike action in the history of higher education. They have had enough of falling pay, pension cuts and gig-economy working conditions - all whilst vice-chancellors enjoy lottery win salaries and live it up in their grace and favour mansions.'
- National Union of Students Vice President Higher Education Chloe Field said: 'Students stand in solidarity with university staff going on strike. We have always been clear that staff working conditions are students' learning conditions, and for more than a decade both have come under attack from a sector that puts profits above education.'
University Staff (UNISON) Updates
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Support staff at 17 universities in England* are striking today and tomorrow in an ongoing dispute about pay, says UNISON today (Monday). Cleaners, IT technicians, administrators and library staff will be among those walking out in coordinated action aimed at disrupting the start of the new academic year, says the union.
More than 5,000 staff are expected to walk out over the two days, as the pay row escalates. There are also demonstrations and rallies taking place across the country.
The following universities will see strike action this week: Arts University Bournemouth; University of Bedfordshire; University of Brighton; City, University of London; University of Chichester; University of Gloucestershire; University of Leeds; Leeds Trinity University; University of Liverpool; Liverpool Hope University; Manchester Metropolitan University; Plymouth Marjon University; SOAS, University of London; Solent University; University of Sussex; University of the West of England and University of Winchester.
The Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association made a pay offer for 2023/24 in January, with increases of 5-8% depending on individual workers’ salaries. This was then given to staff, with the first payments made from February. When put to UNISON members, 82% voted to reject this pay rise.
In England, 17 universities will walk out on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October. A series of strikes will take place in Scotland later this month at four institutions – Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow School of Art, University of Dundee and University of Glasgow. This includes a strike involving all four on Wednesday 20 September.
Staff voted to reject a pay offer for 2023/24 – worth between 5% and 8% but well below the rate of inflation at the time – in a consultation conducted by UNISON earlier this year. In a union ballot that ended in July, workers at these 21 higher education institutions backed further strikes.
The statement highlights that progress has been made in discussions around pay , hhowever, an impasse has been reached under Acas’ new dispute procedures . The employer and the unions have agreed to proceed to time-limited talks to determine the further work necessary to resolve the dispute. This will include a review of the pay spine to address issues of grade increments. UCEA has agreed to consult its members on the issues to be discussed in the time-limited talks, as well as agreeing to consult its members with a positive recommendation to take action on zero-hour contracts. In recognition of the employer’s stance, UNISON, along with UCU and Unite have agreed to call off industrial action which was due to occur in the weeks commencing 20 and 27 February
- Thousands of university workers are striking over inadequate wages.
- The workers are the lowest-paid in the sector and are asking for a proper pay rise.
- The dispute is over a 3% pay offer made by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) last May.
- UNISON is currently asking university staff for their views on the latest pay offer from the employers.
- UNISON has proposed a flat-rate rise of £4,000 or an increase that matches the highest measure of inflation plus 2%.
- UCEA has proposed bringing forward part of next year's pay increase for higher education staff so that it's paid from February.
- Strikes are due to take place at 17 institutions, including Arts University Bournemouth, Birkbeck, University of London, City, University of London, Glasgow Caledonian University, The Glasgow School of Art, Leeds Beckett University, Liverpool Hope University, London South Bank University, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, University of Brighton, University of Bristol, University of Gloucestershire, University of Leeds, University of the West of England, University of Winchester.
Thousands of university staff, including administrators, cleaners, library workers, security personnel, and catering employees in England and Scotland, are set to go on strike to demand a fair pay rise that takes into account rising cost of living pressures and years of below-inflation pay awards. The workers, among the lowest paid in the higher education sector, rejected a 3% pay award from the University and Colleges Employers Association in May and are now requesting a wage increase of 2% above inflation, which is currently at 9.8%. The strikes are expected to disrupt universities in Aberdeen, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Winchester. The union representing the workers, UNISON, has said that staff have reached their breaking point and have little choice but to strike, as they are struggling to keep up with rising living costs and may seek better paid jobs elsewhere if their demands are not met.
University Staff (UNITE) Updates
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The vast majority of Unite’s members in higher education across Scotland have had a five-six per cent pay offer imposed on them by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) pay body. The pay imposition follows a derisory uplift of three per cent for the majority of members in 2022.
Despite local negotiations with the University of Strathclyde to secure an improved pay deal, Unite confirmed that ‘insufficient progress’ has been made to avert the latest round of strike action. This follows previous rounds of strike action at the university on 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19 September, and 5 and 6 October.
The university, one of the world’s most prestigious institutes of learning, is only offering between a five and six per cent increase. With RPI currently sitting at nine per cent that represents a real terms pay cut of at least three per cent. Unite’s members are demanding above-inflation rises to cope with the cost of living crisis in one of the most expensive parts of the UK outside London.
Over 450 members working in the university library, the department of engineering, estate management, the Fitzwilliam Museum, information services and many other departments are to take strike action, likely resulting in building closures and repairs not taking place.
More than 200 Imperial College workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will strike over pay next week. The workers have rejected an 'abysmal' pay deal of 5.5 per cent, which is a real terms pay cut when the real rate of inflation, RPI, stands at 9.1 per cent.
The workers, including technicians and maintenance and security staff, will strike on Monday 2 October, Tuesday 3 October and Wednesday 18 October. They are striking alongside colleagues who are members of the UCU and UNISON unions.
Unite the union has today (29 August) confirmed that around 1,000 members employed in four universities and four colleges across Scotland are set to take strike action during the first weeks of the new academic term.
The vast majority of Unite members have had a 5-6 per cent pay offer imposed on them. The pay imposition follows a derisory uplift of 3 per cent for the majority of members in 2022. The current dispute is part of a UK wide higher education pay dispute.
Vossloh (GMB) Updates
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GMB union has today announced sixteen days of strike action at rail manufacturing giant Vossloh. More than 90 per cent of GMB members rejected a real terms pay cut offered by the company.
Strike action at the Scunthorpe based company will take place on Friday 20 and Friday 27 October with further strike dates commencing from Tuesday 31 October.
Vossloh are a major provider of parts and components for UK Network Rail and strike action will no doubt have a significant impact on the company.
Warrington Refuse Workers (UNITE) Updates
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Warrington council has lost its High Court attempt to block industrial action by its refuse drivers. The council’s case was that the workers’ strike action was unlawful as the dispute was no longer about pay. The council tried to use the extra hurdles placed in the way of legitimate strike action by the Conservative’s Trade Union Act of 2016.
The High Court ruling however confirmed that there was an “industrial reality” and the union had not, in seeking to find alternative and innovative ways to settle the dispute, breached the law. This means that the council workers who have been in dispute for many months have the right to continue their struggle to secure a fair pay settlement from their employer.
The first phase of strike action at Warrington began on 3 October and is due to end on 16 October. Unite has now notified Warrington of further strikes from 24 October Until 6 November.
In February the National Employers offered council staff a £1,925 pay increase from 1 April, which equated to a 9.42% pay rise for the lowest paid who currently earn £20,411. Those on pay points above the pay spine were offered 3.88%. But the refuse workers rejected the national pay offer, which Unite says amounts to a real terms pay cut because it is below the rate of inflation.
The strike will begin on Tuesday 3 October and end on Monday 16 October and Unite is not ruling out further action. The 50 plus workers have rejected the national pay offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925. The offer is below the rate of inflation and amounts to a real terms pay cut.
Westminister Libraries (UNITE) Updates
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Members of Unite, employed by Westminster City Council across the borough’s libraries, will begin strike action this Wednesday (6 September) in a dispute over pay.
The workers have rejected the national pay offer of a flat rate increase of £1,925. The offer is below the rate of inflation and amounts to a real terms pay cut.
Yoox Net-a-Porter (GMB) Updates
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GMB, the union for retail and distribution, has this morning announced that luxury fashion brand Yoox Net-a-Porter will be rocked by twenty-two days of strike action at their Charlton depot.
As previously announced, GMB members are in dispute with their employer about pay, with current proposals leaving members without a pay rise for the first six months of the financial year.
Hundreds of workers are now set to take a total of 22 days of action over November and December, which will affect the distribution of online purchases in the run up to Christmas
AB Agri (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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The union has been negotiating a pay deal for AB AGRI workers since September. The workers voted in favour of the deal after it was offered to them, with additional benefits including union recognition across the company.
The workers will receive a pay rise of 4.5 per cent back paid from October 2022, plus a 1.5 per cent lump sum. From September 2023, their pay will increase again by an additional 5.5 per cent, with a further 2 per cent in January 2024. An additional day’s annual leave is also included in the deal.
Strike action will take place from 1 April to 7 April. Work to rule will be in affect from 8 April to 14 April, before all out indefinite strike action begins on 15 April.
The workers, based at mills in Suffolk, Norfork, Oxfordshire, Fife, Devon, Lincolnshire and East and North Yorkshire, rejected an imposed pay offer of 4.5 per cent. With the real rate of inflation, RPI, running at 13.4 per cent, this is a significant real terms pay cut.
The strike action will cause significant disruption to the operations of AB AGRI mills, which produce a huge proportion of the UK’s pig and poultry feed. The dispute is also over AB AGRI’s failure to recognise the mill workers as a national bargaining unit represented by Unite.
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- Over 1,800 workers secure 18 percent pay increase in London bus dispute.
- The industrial dispute involving over 1,800 bus drivers employed by Abellio in London has ended after workers accepted a greatly improved pay offer.
- Following a workplace ballot, the workers, who are members of Unite, have accepted a pay increase that will see drivers with over two years’ service being paid £18 an hour. This equates to a pay increase of 18 percent on the basic rate.
- The agreement also includes increases to all rates including overtime and rest day working. Negotiations over the last few weeks also saw an increase to the rate for new starters, increased rates for Saturday/Sunday working. The union also won the £18 per hour for drivers who transferred to Abellio under TUPE legislation and had not previously been made the offer.
- Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PAY VICTORY. WORKERS HAVE STOOD FIRM AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF THEIR UNION, UNITE, THEY HAVE SECURED A RICHLY DESERVED PAY INCREASE."
- Strikes scheduled by bus drivers employed by Abellio in London are set to go ahead, in the long running pay dispute.
- The approximately 1,900 workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will stage further walkouts on 1, 2, 3 February. The dispute will primarily affect bus services in South and West London.
- The decision to go ahead with the strike action follows the rejection of two offers made by the employer, as they did not meet members’ expectations.
- Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Abellio is an incredibly wealthy company, whose success is based on the hard graft of its workers. It can fully afford to make a fair pay offer which meets our members’ expectations, but it has failed to do so.
- Abellio, the Dutch owned multi-national transport company, is hugely wealthy and recorded profits of £350 million in 2021.
- There have already been 20 days of industrial action in the dispute which began late last year.
- The industrial action affects workers based at garages in Battersea, Beddington, Hayes, Southall, Twickenham and Walworth.
- Unite regional officer Guy Langston said: “The forthcoming strike action will cause further severe disruption across London but this dispute is a direct result of the high handed and off-hand nature in which Abellio has conducted this dispute.”
Bus drivers in London employed by Abellio in south and west London will go on strike for 11 days in late December and throughout January, including on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, in a dispute over pay. The strikes are being organized by the Unite union, which represents 950 drivers, a number that has reportedly doubled in recent months. The drivers have already taken 10 days of strike action in recent months, and more strikes will be scheduled if the dispute is not resolved. The strikes are expected to cause disruption for travelers in south and west London, and authorities are encouraging people to plan ahead and check for updates before traveling. The union has accused the company of hoarding cash and imposing an unacceptable pay offer on its drivers.
Workers on Abellio buses in London are currently striking. The action was due to affect Metroline services as well, but these strikes were called off after a new pay offer was made, and accepted by Unite members. Routes affected by the strikes are mostly in west and south London. Workers already walked out on 9 and 10 December and will also strike on 16 and 17 December.
Baggage Handlers (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Workers employed as ground handlers at Heathrow Airport by Menzies have accepted an improved pay offer, ending the threat of further strike action. The workers, who were scheduled to take 72 hours of strike action starting on December 29, will receive a pay increase of 9.5% backdated to May 2022 and an additional 1% from January 2023. The offer was accepted after a ballot of the workers. The strike action had been called off at the last minute in December due to the improved offer. Unite, the union representing the workers, said the pay increase is an "excellent result" and that it will continue to ensure its members receive fair pay increases in the future.
Unite, a union representing ground handling staff at Heathrow airport, has called off a planned three-day strike after a new pay offer was made. The strike, which was set to begin at 4:00 AM GMT tomorrow, would have involved around 400 members of Unite who are employed by private contractor Menzies. Unite will now ballot its members on the new pay offer, and a strike scheduled for December 29 may still occur pending the outcome of the vote.
Baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport have voted to strike from 16 December in a dispute over pay. The 72-hour strike action will affect flights operated by 10 major airlines from Heathrow's Terminals 2, 3 and 4. The dispute centres around a pay offer made to cargo workers, which has not been extended to baggage handlers. The Unite union said ground-handling workers at Menzies Aviation have not received a "fair" pay offer. Airlines likely to be affected include Air Canada, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Air and Qantas.
Bidvest Noonan (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Unite, the union that represents the workers, confirmed that workers in Aberdeen and Glasgow have accepted a pay offer from First Bus. The pay offer is worth 9.5% with a minimum of 8% and all workers will now receive free bus passes. First Bus made a profit of £9.5m for the year ending June 2022, up from £5.96m in year ending June 2021.
- cleaners at Bidvest Noonan depots in Glasgow and Aberdeen have suspended their strike action
- the company has made a new offer and the union is now balloting on it
- if the offer is rejected, the cleaners will go on strike from Wednesday 8 March
Workers contracted to clean and refuel buses for First Bus in Glasgow and Aberdeen are set to strike in a dispute over pay. Over 100 cleaners, fuellers and shunters contracted to work in First Glasgow and First Aberdeen bus depots are striking after previously rejecting a two per cent pay offer backdated to 2022 at a time when the broader cost of living (RPI) has hit 13.4 per cent. With cleaning, refuelling and re-charging of the electric buses not carried out on the days of industrial action, buses across both Glasgow and Aberdeen may have to be taken off the roads for safety and re-charging reasons.
Biffa (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Workers employed by Biffa on the outsourced Wirral council contract in the UK, who are members of the union Unite, have secured a 15% pay increase retroactive to April 2022. Class 2 HGV drivers will also receive an additional hourly rate increase of £1.49 on top of the percentage pay increase. From April 2023, the workers will receive another pay increase of between 7% and 9% depending on the rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI). The workers took a number of days of strike action in December, but all further scheduled strike action has now been cancelled following renewed negotiations and the acceptance of an improved offer from Biffa by the workers.
Birmingham Airport Security (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Strike action by over 150 Birmingham airport security officers and terminal technicians has been cancelled after they accepted an improved pay deal.
The one year pay deal will see the workers’ pay increase by 13.25 per cent, made up of a 10.5 per cent consolidated rise and 2.75 per cent non-consolidated.
Strike action by over 150 Birmingham airport security officers and terminal technicians has been suspended following an improved pay offer by their employer Birmingham Airport Limited (HAL).
All-out indefinite strike action, which was due to begin tomorrow (18 July), has been suspended as an act of goodwill to allow Unite’s members to be balloted on the new offer.
Around 100 security officers and terminal technicians employed by Birmingham Airport will begin all out continuous strike action from 18 July.
The Birmingham Airport workers are striking after facing two years of substantial pay cuts. Three quarters of the striking Birmingham Airport workers are security officers working unsociable shift patterns for as little as £11.50 an hour.
This year, they have been offered 7.75 per cent and a one off £850 payment. However, this is a further real terms pay cut as RPI inflation is still running high at 11.3 per cent. The offer would leave many workers unable to pay their bills as well as causing more staffing shortages.
Bristol Waste (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Under the deal, the workers, who collect bins, clean the streets and operate household waste and recycling centres, will see their pay rise by 8.5 per cent over 12 months, plus a one-off £500 payment.
The workers will also receive between £2,500 and £3,500 in back pay, as the deal is back dated from November 2022.
Strikes by more than 300 refuse workers employed by Bristol Waste have been suspended following an improved offer from the company. The workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will now be balloted on the new offer.
If the offer is rejected, strikes will begin on Thursday 13 July and last until Sunday 16 July, with a further 14 days of strike action beginning on Monday 24 July.
More than 200 refuse workers employed by Bristol Waste will strike in July, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Thursday).
The workers, who collect bins, clean the streets and operate household waste and recycling centres, are angry at a 17 month pay offer of seven per cent or £2000, whichever is greater for their salary. With the real rate of inflation, RPI, running at 11.3 per cent, this is a significant real terms pay cut.
Chessington World of Adventures Engineers (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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The industrial dispute was a result of the company attempting to impose a real terms pay cut on the engineers. However, following extensive talks at the conciliation service Acas earlier this week, a revised pay offer was made, which was worth an average of 13.53 per cent across the engineering bargaining group. Following a meeting of members the offer was accepted and the strikes called off.
This pay victory is a fresh vindication of how Unite’s relentless focus on enhancing jobs, pay and conditions is delivering for members.
The highly trained engineers who are responsible for the smooth running of the park and for ensuring that its safety systems are fully operational are taking strike action in four blocks in May including the May Day weekend, the coronation weekend and the late spring bank holiday.
Merlin Attractions which operates Chessington World of Adventures is attempting to impose a real terms pay cut on its workers. The engineers are seeking a pay increase in line with the real rate of inflation (RPI) which currently stands at 13.5 per cent.
Citizens Advice (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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The offer, secured by Unite, the UK’s leading union, includes a £1,500 consolidated payment across all grades, as well as a £425 non-consolidated payment. In 2024, the workers will also receive a £1,000 consolidated payment across all grades.
- The staff will strike on 31 July, with further action planned for 7, 9, and 11 August.
- Unite the union claims that Citizens Advice has refused to implement a national pay deal, leading to "real terms pay cuts".
- A spokesperson for Citizens Advice stated that they had offered an affordable pay deal considering financial constraints.
- Citizens Advice workers voted to strike after the charity refused to increase pay according to National Joint Council scales.
- The National Joint Council has recommended a consolidated payment of £1,925 for all grades.
- Citizens Advice Hull and East Riding acknowledged the strain of the cost-of-living crisis and said they will continue to engage with the union for a swift resolution.
Civil Service (Prospect) UpdatesResolved!
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Representatives of affected branches chose to accept the government’s new offer, having secured wins on the three main causes of the dispute: a £1,500 lump sum payment for 2022/23, changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme, and threatened job cuts.
- Prospect union has paused planned strike action by Welsh civil servants after the Welsh Government have offered to engage in meaningful talks.
- The largest industrial action Prospect has taken in more than a decade.
- Daniel Maney, Prospect union negotiations officer, said: "We have agreed to pause our planned strike action by Welsh civil servants because the Welsh Government have communicated their willingness to engage in meaningful talks."
- Throughout this dispute, Prospect has made clear that their members should not be treated worse than other workers in the public sector and that they deserve a pay deal that recognises the cost-of-living crisis that began last year.
- Prospect will maintain their action short of a strike and review that position in light of the talks that are promised.
- The Prospect Union has agreed to suspend planned strike action after the government has offered to engage in meaningful talks.
- The strike action was set to begin on 7 June and the union has stated that they will maintain their action short of a strike.
- Prospect union has notified employers that it will be taking further strike action on 10 May and 7 June across its public service membership
- The government has announced a pay control of 4.5% which will further erode living standards
- The pay control for 2023/24 of 4.5% compares to inflation running at 10.4%
- Prospect members are the specialists upon whom all aspects of effective government depend, and if the government doesn't change its stance, then it will face a recruitment and retention crisis thatdegrades the Civil Service and the public services we all rely on
- Prospect represents tens of thousands of specialist, technical, professional, managerial and scientific staff in the Civil Service. Members work at a wide range of employers, including the Met Office, Health and Safety Executive, Trinity House, Intellectual Property Office, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Natural England and UK Research and Innovation.
Drax Power Plant (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Drax Hydro is a subsidiary of the National Grid plc.
Drax power station workers have secured an improved pay offer following strikes that lasted for one day. The offer, which covers workers based in Yorkshire only, amounts to an increase of 16% for the lowest paid workers.
- The employees at Drax power plant are preparing to go on strike nine times in the next three months in a dispute over pay.
- The dispute echoes a standoff at UK Power Networks (UKPN), which supplies power to London and the south-east of England.
- Unite has previously accused UKPN and other networks of “rampant profiteering”.
Eurostar Security (RMT) UpdatesResolved!
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Security staff employed by Mitie on the Eurostar contract have called off a planned strike after the company made an improved pay offer of over 10% and an uplift of nearly 30% for the lowest paid employees. The offer includes a 10.3% pay increase including back pay, and a 28.89% increase for the lowest paid staff. In addition, the company has agreed to review its discretionary sick pay policy and to offer guaranteed hours on permanent shift patterns, with flexible employees given choices that suit their individual requirements. The union representing the workers, the RMT, has praised the employees for their efforts in securing the improved offer.
An RMT spokesman said: "The union suspended scheduled strikes this week to allow Mitie security members to take part in a referendum on the latest company offer which will be concluded on 19 December. "Strikes for December 22 and 23 next week remain on at the present time."
Security staff at Eurostar are set to go on strike multiple times this December over pay disputes. The strikes, which will be carried out by around 100 staff members contracted to facilities company Mitie, are expected to severely affect Eurostar services and travel plans for people over the holiday period. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, which represents the striking workers, has claimed that staff earn only £10.66 an hour and called on Mitie and Eurostar to reach a negotiated settlement.
Gatwick Airport Agencies (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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There will be no strike action at Gatwick Airport this weekend as workers employed by GGS, on the British Airways contract, have voted to accept an improved pay offer.
Following the announcement of strike action, further negotiations were held with GGS and an improved offer worth 10.3 per cent was agreed. In addition, the workforce will receive a significant market rate adjustment in their shift pay, further increasing the value of the offer.
Despite this weekend’s strike action being called off, further industrial action is looming at the airport. Unite members at three companies including; Red Handling, who undertake ground handling for Norwegian, Norse Atlantic Airlines, and Delta, Wilson James who execute Gatwick’s contract for providing assistance to passengers, and DHL Gatwick Direct, have all voted for industrial action in disputes over pay.
ASC workers voted in favour of a double digit pay rise, while workers at Menzies voted in favour of a 13 per cent increase for ground handling staff and a 17 per cent increase for the lowest paid staff, as well as enhancements to annual leave and sick pay.
The votes in favour of the deals mean that both disputes have now ended, and all strike action related to them cancelled. Earlier this week, strikes by Gatwick DHL workers were also called off after the workers voted to accept a 15 per cent pay deal.
ASC and Menzies workers are currently balloting on improved offers. If the ASC workers reject the pay offer, they will go ahead with strike action scheduled between 28 July and 1 August as well as strikes between 4 August and 8 August. Strikes by Menzies workers between 28 July and 1 August have been suspended, however if the offer is rejected, strikes between 4 August and 8 August will go ahead.
Talks with GGS are progressing in a positive direction. Strike action by GGS workers scheduled between 28 July and 1 August has been suspended to allow these to continue, with strike action between 4 August and 8 August still scheduled to go ahead if a satisfactory outcome is not reached in time.
Strikes by nearly 600 DHL workers on the Gatwick EasyJet contract have been suspended following an improved pay offer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday).
Gatwick strikes by around 450 ASC, Menzies Aviation and GGS workers are still scheduled to take place from 28 July to 1 August, with a further four days from 4 August to 8 August.
- Nearly a thousand workers at Gatwick Airport are set to take eight days of strike action over the summer holidays in a row over pay, according to the Unite union.
- The workers, employed by four firms, include baggage handlers and ground staff.
- They will strike from 28 July to 1 August, and then again from 4 August to 8 August.
- Airlines such as British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Tui, Westjet, and Wizz will be affected.
- The impact of the action is uncertain, but disruption, delays, and cancellations are expected, according to Unite.
- Gatwick Airport said it would support affected airlines with contingency plans to minimize disruption.
- The workers represent over half of the ground handling staff at Gatwick and are employed by ASC, Menzies Aviation, GGS, and DHL Services.
Go North East (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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A group of about 150 bus engineers in the Go North East company based in the UK have called off a planned strike after accepting pay increases ranging from 10% to 13.1%. The workers, represented by the Unite union, had previously rejected a 10% pay increase, arguing it represented a real terms pay cut. The new deal includes an attendance bonus in addition to the pay increase. The union's general secretary described the agreement as an "excellent result" and said the organization is committed to improving the pay, conditions, and job prospects of its members in the bus industry.
Go North East (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Following a prolonged dispute and lengthy industrial action, Unite has secured a headline 11.2 per cent pay increase for drivers, engineers and administrators at Go North East.
The details of the new pay deal include: A backdated pay rise of 10.5 per cent from 1 July 2023; A further 0.7 per cent rise in January 2024; Additionally, there will be another increase to pay on 1 July 2024. This rise will be in line with RPI, subject to a minimum increase of four per cent.
This means, for example, a driver currently earning £12.83 per hour will see their pay rise to £14.17 backdated to July and then rise to £14.27 in January. If inflation was then at four per cent in July 2024 their pay would then increase to £14.84 per hour. The same pay award has also been secured for all engineers and administrative staff earning up to £40,000 per year. Additionally, Unite’s tough negotiating stance has ensured this is a “no strings attached” offer with no changes to scheduling or conditions unless agreed separately.
Unite, the UK’s leading union, has asked its members at Go North East to vote to continue strike action in their battle for fair pay and conditions. The ballot will open on Friday 24 November and closes on Thursday 7 December. The fresh ballot is necessary as despite protracted negotiations the company has not formally made an improved offer to its workers.
Talks between Unite and Go North East management took place earlier today but a failure by Go North East to increase its pay offer ultimately meant that the talks ended without any resolution. Bus strikes across Go North East network will continue indefinitely. Unite is prepared to return to talks at any stage and engage in constructive negotiations but this requires good faith from both parties.
Unite officials suggested multiple ways of ending the strikes with a variety of financial packages for workers but each was met with refusal by Go North East management. Unite have calculated that the dispute could be resolved for approximately £238,000 - less than the pay for two Go North East directors, but the employer has refused to budge.
The difference between what the employer has previously offered and what Unite has asked for means that Go North East can end the strike with just 0.28 per cent of the annual profits of the Go Ahead bus group.
More than 1,300 Unite members working for bus company Go North East will embark on all-out continuous strike action from Saturday (October 28) in a determined fight for fair pay and conditions. Members overwhelmingly rejected the latest pay offer by 81 per cent on a turnout of 93 per cent.
Unite members are angry that they’re being paid up to 20 per cent less than their counterparts working for Go North West in Manchester, who do the exact same jobs working for the very same parent company.
Workers at all Go North East depots will take part in all-out continuous strike action beginning on 28 October.
The workers include bus drivers, engineers, maintenance workers and depot crews. The depots that will be affected by the industrial action are: Consett, Gateshead, Hexham, Percy Main (North Shields), Sunderland and Washington.
Go North East members have been offered a derisory, below inflation, pay offer that included cuts to terms and conditions. Go North East can easily afford to increase its pay offer given the latest accounts of its parent company, the Go-Ahead Group shows bus group profits of nearly £85million.
Go North East bus drivers will walk out in two, seven-day strikes beginning later this month, Unite the union announced today (18 September).
Drivers have been forced to take to the picket line following the failure of Go North East to come back to the negotiating table with an improved offer. This is despite the latest accounts of its parent company, the Go-Ahead Group shows bus group profits of nearly £85million
Harlow Housing Maintenance (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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The workers have now accepted a deal that includes a non-consolidated payment of £1,500 for all employees earning less than £40,000. The deal will also see a complete review of all job roles by the Local Government Association to ensure the workers are paid the correct salaries.
Low paid outsourced workers employed by a council-owned firm are striking for better pay, after finding that their wages are significantly lower than those of workers at other local authorities. The strikes have severely disrupted housing repairs and maintenance, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, cleaning and caretaking of council buildings and parks, and gardening services. The council is refusing to negotiate, despite its latest financial report recording assets of £63 million on 31 March 2022, an increase of £19 million from the year before.
The workers at Harlow Council-owned HTS, which is wholly owned by the district council, have begun strike action in late February over pay being less than workers doing the same jobs at other local authorities. The workers are demanding a cost-of-living payment and for their pay bands to be re-graded so they are brought up to industry standards.
Heathrow Security (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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- Heathrow Airport security staff have called off 29 days of strikes.
- 2,000 members of the Unite union have accepted a pay increase worth between 15.5% and 17.5% depending on their band.
- Strikes were due to take place throughout summer which would have led to queues at airport security.
- The pay increase includes a 10% increase in pay, rising to 11.5% in October and an increase in line with inflation in 2024.
- The offer also includes improved maternity and paternity benefits.
- Earlier in June, Heathrow security officers at Terminals 3 and 5 said they would walk out for 31 days in the summer after turning down a pay offer of 10.1%.
- Inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index is now at 8.7%, but another measure - the Retail Prices Index - stood at 11.3% in the year to May.
- Extensive walkouts by rail staff have continued since 2022, and industrial action has also led to walkouts by those including nurses, junior doctors, Border Force staff and civil servants.
- Over 2,000 security officers are striking at Heathrow Airport over pay
- The strikes were due to take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of June
- Following talks with the union, an improved pay offer was made and the strikes were called off
- If the latest pay offer is rejected by members, the 29 days of strike action will go ahead
Heathrow Airport security guards are striking in a dispute over pay. The action is set to begin on June 17 and continue into August. The dispute follows three days of strike action held in late May. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham warns that a number of airlines face disruption, delays and cancellation as a result of the strike.
Heathrow airport security officers are being paid less than their counterparts at other London airports, according to new Unite research. This more than justifies the Heathrow workers’ strike action - Heathrow is the poverty pay citadel of London airports. The strikes planned to begin this Thursday (4 May) will go ahead as planned, after last minute talks at the conciliation service, Acas, broke down.
Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said: “Unite has given Heathrow Airport every opportunity to make an improved pay offer, which could have led to the strike action being suspended. Sadly, they refused to grasp the opportunity to make an offer which could meet members’ expectations.”
Heathrow security officers are planning to strike for eight days next month, Unite said. About 1,400 security officers at Heathrow Airport will walk out for the strike, causing "inevitable disruption and delays" to passengers arriving for the King's coronation. The union's general secretary, Sharon Graham, said "yet again, we have a chief executive who thinks it is acceptable to boost his earnings while he denies his own workers a decent pay rise." This dispute is bound to escalate with more workers being balloted and disruption set to continue throughout the summer. Meanwhile, senior civil servants will vote on industrial action over pay for the first time in more than four decades. The FDA union said its executive committee has voted to launch a ballot in response to the government's decision last week to give civil servants a pay rise of between 4.5% and 5%.
- Disruption for airline passengers flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 over the Easter holidays has increased.
- Airport bosses say talks aiming to avert a walk-out by around 1,400 security staff belonging to the Unite union have broken down.
- The strike is due to begin on Friday 31 March and continue until Easter Sunday, 9 April.
- Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “Workers at Heathrow airport are on poverty wages while the chief executive and senior managers enjoy huge salaries. It is the airport’s workers who are fundamental to its success and they deserve a fair pay increase.
- Our members are simply unable to make ends meet due to the low wages paid by Heathrow. They are being forced to take strike action due to need not greed.
- Most of the workers who are planning to walk out are employed as security officers at Terminal 5. A smaller number work for the airport’s Campus Security team, who operate control posts that give vehicles access to the airfield.
- Heathrow security guards are to strike over pay, with passengers warned they face "severe delays".
- The Unite union said flights using Heathrow Airport will "experience severe delays and disruption this Easter" as the workers stage a 10-day walkout.
- More than 1,400 security guards employed by Heathrow Airports Ltd (HAL), who are members of Unite, will strike after voting in favor of the industrial action.
- The walkout will begin on Friday 31 March, with the final day of strike action on Sunday 9 April (Easter Sunday).
- The strike action involves security guards employed at Terminal Five.
Highlands and Islands Airports (PROSPECT) UpdatesResolved!
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Stornoway and Sumburgh 8th Mar 2023
Stornoway and Sumburgh
Prospect members at Highland and Islands Airport Limited voted to accept a revised pay deal for 2022-23 which will end the current dispute. The offer provides a 7% uplift for those earning up to £44,000, 5% uplift for those earning up to £80,000 and 4% for those above £80,000. Jane Rose, Prospect negotiations officer, said "We are pleased that Prospect members have accepted this new deal and the dispute can now be brought to an end."
- Prospect has offered to suspend industrial action by fire and security staff at Highlands and Islands Airport Limited after an improved pay offer from the employer.
- Workers have been offered 7%, significantly better than the previous offer of 5% which had been rejected.
- Prospect members will now be balloted on whether to accept the offer.
- Strike action had been due to take place at Inverness and Dundee on Monday 13th and Friday 17th March – those strikes and the ongoing action short of a strike have been suspended.
- Jane Rose, Prospect negotiator said: "This is a welcome improvement to the offer from the employer which we will now be putting to members via ballot, although it is clear there are wider pay structure issues at HIAL which remain to be addressed."
The company is to be hit by a new wave of strikes next month. Prospect, Unite and the PCS union have already struck. Hial said the Scottish government had authorized additional flexibility through a non-consolidated payment.
Highlands and Islands Airports (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
5 Strike Dates 0 Planned
Dundee Airport 17th Feb 2023
Dundee Airport 22nd Dec 2022 19th Dec 2022
The dispute between Unite and the HIAL Group is over, following a revised pay offer being accepted by 93% of the membership. The basic salary uplift for those earning up to £44,000 will be 7%, while a 5% increase to shift allowances is also included. Unite represents security staff, baggage handlers, ground crew, along with those working in fire and rescue, security and administration.
- Strike action will occur at all 11 airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) in the coming weeks
- Workforce rejected a five percent offer as they deemed it unacceptable with inflation at 13.4 percent
- 24-hour strike action will take place on specified dates at each airport
- Unite, the union representing HIAL employees, blames management and the Scottish Government for the strikes
- HIAL is a private limited company owned by the Scottish Government, which claims it is bound by funding obligations set by the government
- Unite has called for the Scottish Government to meet with the union and HIAL to improve pay, terms, and conditions
- The Scottish Government has not yet met with Unite to discuss pay and worker issues in the HIAL group
- Unite is calling for an improved pay offer and more investment in the communities where HIAL operates
- Unite announces further strike dates for Welsh ambulance workers
- Members of the Welsh Ambulance Service will strike on 20th, 21st and 22nd February
- Unite General Secretary says the new pay offer from the Welsh Government is not acceptable
- Strike is in response to a staffing exodus affecting the NHS in Wales
- Unite is focused on fighting for its members and for the future of the NHS
- Unite has called on the Welsh Government to improve their pay offer to avoid further industrial action
Legal Advisers and Court Associates (PCS) UpdatesResolved!
8 Strike Dates 0 Planned
PCS members in HM Courts and Tribunals Service have voted to end the long-running dispute over the Common Platform case management system. This follows an offer, arrived at through intensive negotiations with HMCTS, where a number of significant concessions were achieved.
- Court takers having autonomy in deciding which cases are resulted out of court
- An acknowledgement that there are faults within Common Platform and an assurance that the HMCTS Common Platform staff blame culture will end
- Real action to combat Common Platform-related stress and anxiety
- Protection of 450+ jobs at least until 2024
- PCS has announced further strike action in HMCTS over Common Platform, taking place from Friday 3 February to Monday 6 February (inclusive of 3, 4, 5 and 6 February).
- This action involves legal advisers and court associates in courts across the country.
- The strike is intended to apply pressure on HMCTS to rethink the Common Platform system, which is seen as failing.
- Previous action has been well-supported and is gaining attention in the national media.
The PCS union has announced that it will be holding additional strike action in the HMCTS (Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service) on January 7 and 14, involving legal advisers and court associates in courts across the UK. The strikes are part of a long-running dispute over the Common Platform system. The PCS union is taking this action in an effort to pressure HMCTS to reconsider the Common Platform system, which they believe is failing.
National Express (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
7 Strike Dates 0 Planned
West MIdlands 25th Mar 2023
West MIdlands 24th Mar 2023
West MIdlands 23rd Mar 2023
West MIdlands 22nd Mar 2023
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West MIdlands 20th Mar 2023
West Midlands bus strikes have ended after a ballot of more 3,100 National Express drivers resulted in an improved offer being accepted. The offer includes a one-year 16.2 per cent pay increase and improvements to the drivers’ accident pay and hourly rates for working over the Christmas holidays.
National Express has also guaranteed to implement new terms and conditions that were agreed with Unite in November last year, a key sticking point in the dispute.
All out indefinite strike action by more than 3,100 National Express West Midland’s bus drivers will begin at 00:01 hrs on Monday 20 March. The workers voted by 71 per cent against a deal put forward by the company in a ballot held over Friday and Saturday.
The Unite union, which suspended action earlier in the week to allow members to vote on a new pay offer, took the decision after accusing the company of refusing to allow a workplace ballot.
National Express West Midlands said Unite was guilty of an "outrageous and calculating misrepresentation of what has happened".
Strike action has been suspended due to the company making an offer and an improved offer being made. If the offer is not accepted, there will be strike action on Monday 20th March at 00:01 hours.
The workers, who voted by 96% for industrial action, will begin all out continuous strike action on Thursday, March 16. The strikes will severely impact National Express West Midlands’ services, which cover 93% of the region’s bus network.
- Around 200 National Express engineers in West Midlands have voted 93% to strike over pay.
- Engineers are responsible for maintaining 1,200 vehicles that cover 93% of the region's bus network.
- 3,000 bus drivers, who are also being balloted for industrial action, may join the strike.
- Engineers rejected a pay offer of 10.1% from National Express, which made £15.8 million in profits during the first half of 2022.
- Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “National Express needs to improve their unacceptable pay offer.”
- Dates for the industrial action will be announced in the coming weeks.
- Strikes will severely affect National Express services in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, West Bromwich and elsewhere.
- Impact will worsen if drivers, who have rejected an eight per cent pay offer, also vote for industrial action.
NHS Ambulance (GMB) UpdatesResolved!
7 Strike Dates 0 Planned
North West 23rd Jan 2023
West Midlands 11th Jan 2023
(England) 21st Dec 2022
(England & Wales)
The GMB union has voted to accept the government's pay offer for NHS staff. This offer would give NHS workers a one-off payment of between £1,250 and £2,000 and a 5% pay rise for the coming year. The Royal College of Nursing has also turned down the deal and is planning additional strikes this weekend - though the length of the walkout was curtailed after the GOVERNMENT TOOK THEM TO COURT. Earlier today, GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL, the well-known children's hospital, declared a "business continuity incident" ahead of the action, saying it had "serious concerns over safely staffing the hospital" during the strikes. Health secretary Steve Barclay said the acceptance of the deal by Unison and the GMB "demonstrates it is a fair and reasonable proposal that can bring this dispute to an end".
- National ambulance strikes have been suspended after GMB and Unison agreed to talks with the government
- GMB union said there had been a "huge shift" in the government's position over pay
- However, 3,000 members of the Unite union will still walk out on Monday and Wednesday, after rejecting the government's offer of pay
- pay talks, calling them an "ultimatum", adding it wants to discuss pay
- both GMB and Unison revealed they had "assurances" there is more money for pay increases this year and next that is above existing budgets
- GMB Ambulance workers plan to stage four more national strike days, totaling 10 days in total
- The strike dates are 6 February, 20 February, 6 March, and 20 March
- The affected trusts are South West Ambulance Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, North West Ambulance Service, South Central Ambulance Service, North East Ambulance Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Welsh Ambulance Service, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service
NHS Ambulance (UNISON) UpdatesResolved!
3 Strike Dates 0 Planned
England 23rd Jan 2023
(England) 11th Jan 2023
The non-consolidated payment for 2022/23 is worth between £1,655 and £3,789 to health workers in England. This is equal to 8.2% for the lowest paid and around 6% for nurses, midwives and other colleagues on band 5 of Agenda for Change.
It is in addition to the £1,400 NHS staff received for 2022/23 last September. The 2023/24 wage rise of 5% is worth at least £1,065 and would raise the lowest hourly rate in the NHS in England to £11.45 an hour, or £22,383 a year.
- Talks between ministers and unions aimed at resolving NHS strikes have made little progress
- Unions have described the meetings as "a missed opportunity" and "bitterly disappointing"
- Discussions over pay took place, but no "tangible concessions" were made to call off the ambulance strikes
- A government source described the talks as useful and constructive
- Ministers are also meeting with teaching and rail unions to avert further industrial action
- The formal agenda of the talks was next year's pay settlements, and not expected to lead to an immediate breakthrough for the current pay disputes
- Unions are calling for pay rises to keep up with the rising cost of living, while ministers say any offer must be "affordable"
- Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did not deny that his government could follow Wales by offering a one-off payment to public sector workers to ease the cost of living
- The government suggested that any one-off payments would have to be based on "productivity savings"
- Union members are angry with the suggestion and said that working 18 hour shifts is not productive
- The government said it is "not seeking to place extra burdens on NHS staff" but wants to make their work "easier and simpler"
- Health Secretary Steve Barclay requested further discussions on ideas to make the health service work better and save staff time, that could unlock additional funding.
Ambulance workers in five regions in England will go on strike for two 24-hour periods in January over pay and staffing issues. The strikes, organized by the union UNISON, are an escalation of a previous strike that took place on Wednesday. The strikes will involve all ambulance employees, not just emergency response crews. UNISON has warned that the strikes may be escalated further if the government does not negotiate improvements to National Health Service pay. The union is also planning to hold a vote in the spring on whether to strike at ten English National Health Service trusts and the Welsh Ambulance Service.
NHS Health Workers (UNISON) UpdatesResolved!
1 Strike Date 0 Planned
Almost three quarters of NHS workers (74%) voted to accept this offer, with 26% voting to reject it. This offer comes with a one-off payment of £1,655-£3,789, and a wage rise of 5% for the lowest paid, 10.4% for the nurses, midwives and other colleagues on Band 5 of Agenda for Change.
There are still other unions consulting their members, so the full picture won’t be known until the end of the month. UNISON has urged the government to ensure NHS workers get the wage rises they’ve voted for as soon as possible.
Although this vote may end UNISON’s dispute, it doesn’t solve the wider staffing emergency affecting every part of the NHS. Now, the government must work with unions to bring about a sustained programme of investment in the workforce.
The strike planned for next Wednesday involving thousands of ambulance staff and other NHS workers has been suspended to allow UNISON to enter pay talks with the government, the union said today (Friday).
Following a meeting of its health committee this afternoon, UNISON announced it was suspending the action scheduled for 8 March.
The decision was taken after the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed there would be additional investment in pay for both this year (2022/23) and next (2023/24).
UNISON HEAD OF HEALTH SARA GORTON said: “Unions said all along they could pause strikes if ministers would only commit to formal talks to boost pay for this year.
“The government has finally promised extra investment in pay for both this and next year.
“The sad thing is this could all have been handled so differently. Proper pay talks should have started months ago, long before the first strike was called. That would have avoided days of disruption for the NHS and its patients.
NHS Physiotherapy (CSP) UpdatesResolved!
2 Strike Dates 0 Planned
A pay offer of £2,000 was approved by members of the British NHS Staff Association (CSP) in a vote. The offer would provide an additional bonus worth around £2,000 for most members on top of the £1,400 award received in 2022/23 by members, along with a consolidated increase of five per cent for 2023/24. The offer was recommended by the CSP's pay sub-group of members as the best achievable through negotiation. A meeting on 2 May of the NHS Staff Council, which brings together trade unions, NHS Employers and the Department of Health and Social Care, will review the outcome of all the consultations across 14 health unions and a final decision will then be made on whether the offer will be implemented based on the overall outcome.
88% of members voted in favor of the offer on turnout of 48% of eligible members. The offer itself has three elements: a percentage pay increase, an additional one-off payment, and commitments to modernize Agenda for Change to support workforce recruitment, sustainability, and retention. The CSP will now work with other health unions and the Scottish government to secure the increase in April's pay slip.
The NHS group of unions are expected to begin negotiations in the coming days. Unison and the GMB have also paused their actions. Elaine Sparkes, assistant director of the CSP, said: ‘We’ve been calling for meaningful talks for months and always said we would suspend action if they took place. ‘We therefore welcome these discussions and hope they can conclude with a fair deal that helps our members manage the cost of living crisis and enables the NHS to recruit and retain the staff it needs.’
The CSP action was due to take place in 56 trusts on 22 March. However, further strikes will go ahead if talks break down, or we come away without an offer that can be put to members.
- Up to 4,500 CSP members will take part in a March strike date
- Physiotherapy staff at 30 and 33 trusts respectively walked out
- Progress has continued to be seen in Scotland and Wales with -respective governments engaging in negotiations and offering -physiotherapy staff a better pay deal, and as a result strike action has been averted
- Escalating action in England UK government finally opening negotiations about NHS pay. However, we saw the government in Westminster initially using the divisive tactic of only speaking to the Royal College of Nursing. With the exception of doctors and dentists, all NHS staff share the same pay, grading, terms and conditions and any resolution must reflect that
- Second day of strikes at an additional 30 trusts will follow on 9 February as part of ongoing dispute over pay and retention.
- CSP will announce further dates in England and Wales if no improved offer is forthcoming from respective governments.
- Find out which members are being called out on 26 January
- Planned industrial action called by CSP Council, follows CSP achieving mandates to strike in 119 NHS employers across England through ballots held at the end of last year, with a second wave closing this month.
- All eight health boards in Wales have also secured a strike mandate.
- CSP participated in talks with the government earlier this week but lack of concrete offer means currently no option but to announce strike action.
Petrofac Repsol (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
9 Strike Dates 0 Planned
- Over 200 members of Unite, the UK's largest offshore trade union, have accepted an improved wage offer at Petrofac Repsol installations.
- The deal, the product of a year-long negotiation process, will result in a salary increase of up to 20.2%.
- The deal also includes enhancements to allowances, and was accepted by 84% of Unite's members on a ballot turnout of 97%.
- The installations covered by the deal include the Arbroath, Auk, Bleo Holm, Claymore, Clyde, Fulmar Alpha, Piper Bravo, Montrose, Saltire, Tartan Alpha, and Flotta oil terminal.
- The dispute centered on the removal of a 10% Equal Time payment, years of below inflationary pay increases, and issues around payments for Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) medicals, mileage, and stand-in duties.
Workers at Petrofac's Repsol assets in the UK, represented by the Unite union, will participate in industrial action starting on November 16th, including a continuous overtime ban and two 48-hour stoppages on November 16-17 and November 30-December 1. The action is expected to cause significant disruption to maintenance and operations at the platforms and terminal. The dispute centers on the removal of a 10% Equal Time payment, below-inflation pay increases, and other payment issues. The Unite union is demanding that the wage cut be reversed and that the company fulfill its commitment to review pay and benefits.
Rail (RMT) UpdatesResolved!
32 Strike Dates 0 Planned
Docklands Light Railway 7th Nov 2023
Docklands Light Railway 6th Nov 2023
Docklands Light Railway 9th Sep 2023
Cross Country 2nd Sep 2023 26th Aug 2023 19th Aug 2023
Cross Country 29th Jul 2023 22nd Jul 2023 20th Jul 2023 2nd Jun 2023 13th May 2023 18th Mar 2023 16th Mar 2023 15th Mar 2023
London Underground 9th Feb 2023
Elizabeth Line 3rd Feb 2023 1st Feb 2023 12th Jan 2023
(Elizabeth Line) 7th Jan 2023 6th Jan 2023 4th Jan 2023 3rd Jan 2023 27th Dec 2022 26th Dec 2022 25th Dec 2022 24th Dec 2022 18th Dec 2022 17th Dec 2022 16th Dec 2022 14th Dec 2022 13th Dec 2022
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have spoken in huge numbers to accept this unconditional pay offer and no compulsory redundancies until the end of 2024.
“We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members terms and conditions, now or in the future.
Following further negotiations between RDG and RMT, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the current dispute has been developed which sets out a process for a mutually agreed way forward, including a backdated 2022 pay rise for staff and job security guarantees. This will now be put to RMT members in each of the Train Operating Companies in a referendum vote.
If accepted, this MOU will terminate the national dispute mandate, creating a pause and respite from industrial action over the Christmas period and into Spring next year, while allowing for these important negotiations on proposed reforms to take place at local train operating company level through the established collective bargaining structures.
Members have already been carrying out an overtime and rest day working ban in pursuit of an improved pay offer. KADs contract with TfL, for operating the DLR, provides for RPI indexed increases in its funding yet KAD’s staff have been offered a pay rise that is less than half the rate of increase in the RPI.
Around 20,000 members were balloted across 14 rail companies with all of them individually achieving over a 50 percent turnout and overwhelming 'yes' votes for further strike action. Overall 89.9% of members voted 'yes' for more strike action on a 63.6% turnout.
"The government who controls this dispute through a contractual mandate over the train operating companies, must now allow the Rail Delivery Group to put forward a revised offer so we can work towards reaching a settlement.
"However, if no new offer is forthcoming, we will once again take strike action in defence of our members livelihoods."
Following talks at ACAS, RMT has managed to save key jobs, prevent detrimental changes to rosters and secure protection of earnings around grading changes. The significant progress means that key elements have been settled although there remains wider negotiations to be had in the job, pensions and working agreements dispute.
The union has been locked in a long running dispute over 600 station staff cuts and detrimental working conditions since last year. Safety concerns have also been raised regarding fewer staff facing higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue. The job losses planned will affect every aspect of the tube including stations and maintenance, leading to the likelihood of more unstaffed stations and a lowering of safety standards.
In the letter, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch writes: "I believe that both parties are of the view that we need to navigate a way through the dispute and from the RMT’s position that would mean the following suggested stages:
- A 1-year pay proposal for all companies covering the year 2022-2023, with an underpin, backdated to the relevant anniversary dates in 2022.
- A guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.
- An undertaking that discussions with RMT within the companies, including formal consultations and negotiations, will be deferred until the outcome and determination from the ticket office closures consultation has been provided by the Government and, in any case, that these discussions will not commence before 1st December 2023.
- A commitment that in the interim, ahead of 1stDecember 2023, each Train Operating Company will provide to the RMT in writing, their full agenda, and details of “Workforce Reform” proposals for all functions and grades that they are seeking to apply within their organisations.
- A commitment that the existing collective bargaining structures and processes in each company will be respected and adhered to in full including consultation and negotiation as appropriate to the matters in scope and, if necessary, use of Avoidance of Dispute processes.
- A commitment that pay negotiations for the year 2023–2024 will commence from 1st December 2023.
- Management proposals for staff in Edinburgh would see members becoming poorer, after CrossCountry withdrew an earlier financial offer.
- There is also no commitment to ensure that members currently with flexible working arrangements will continue to keep their existing agreements in their entirety.
- CrossCountry informed the RMT that all despatch duties will cease, and that the despatch element of our members current role 'does not meet their business model'.
- RMT believes this is the thin end of the wedge.
- Attempts to resolve the issue through dialogue have so far failed and the union has been appalled at the attitude displayed by management who have focused on circulating propaganda to staff attempting to divide the workforce rather than come to a settlement.
- RMT has suspended all strike action planned for next week on London Underground after making progress in the pensions and jobs dispute.
- The tube union has been locked in ACAS talks with TfL, trying to find a resolution to the longstanding pensions jobs and working conditions dispute.
- After pressure from union negotiators and the threat to bring the capital to a standstill for a week, significant concessions were made by TfL where their original plans for jobs cuts and pension changes will not be carried out.
- There are now longer guarantees on protection of earnings, no pension changes for at least 3 years and so-called productivity proposals which would have damaged the terms and conditions of RMT members have been halted.
- RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “There has been significant progress made by our negotiating team in ACAS talks with TfL.
- “However this is not the end of the dispute nor is it a victory for the union as yet.
- "RMT's strike mandate remains live until October and we are prepared to use it if necessary.
- ”We will continue to negotiate in good faith as we always have done with TfL and it was only the steadfast commitment of our members in being prepared to take sustained strike action that has forced the employer to make significant concessions.
- RMT will launch a week of action on London Underground from July 23 in a row over pensions, job cuts and attacks on working conditions.
- Different grades and sections of the tube will take strike action from Sunday 23 July until Friday 28 July.
- The union has been in a long running dispute with TfL over jobs, cuts, and attacks on pensions and working conditions.
- 600 jobs are scheduled to be axed, and London Underground staff stand to be poorer in retirement if TfL's proposed changes go through.
- The job losses planned will affect every aspect of the tube including stations and maintenance, leading to the likelihood of more unstaffed stations and a lowering of safety standards.
- There are also planned attacks on tube drivers working agreements and jobs.
- 20,000 railway workers in catering, train managers and station staff are set to go on strike on June 2 in a dispute with the Rail Delivery Group - the government is not allowing the RDG to make an improved offer which the RMT can consider, resulting in the strike.
- The RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The government is once again not allowing the Rail Delivery Group to make an improved offer that we can consider. Ministers cannot just wish this dispute away."
RAIL union RMT announced the results of a re-ballot of members working for 14 train operating companies today which massively re-affirmed a mandate for further strike action.
All the ballots passed the 50 per cent participation threshold imposed by the government’s anti-trade union laws and included massive votes for further strike action.
Union members will vote on a strike on May 4. If they vote in favor, they will have a six-month strike mandate.
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has issued a new offer to the rail union RMT in the pay, conditions, and job security dispute, which the union has rejected. The offer would see first-year payments for train drivers increased to 5%, and stage 2 discussions which are part of the offer made by the employer would then have to begin without the union having any industrial leverage at the negotiating table.
- Contractors cleaning trains will go on strike on Friday and Saturday.
- RMT is demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors.
- Cleaners working on the Network Rail high speed contract will also be taking part in the stoppage.
Union members are frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations between their employer and the RDG, and they are also angry with the government for not giving the RDG the mandate to produce a new document. The RDG have agreed to write to the union in due course, but no new document has been produced as of yet.
Following further talks between RMT and the Rail Delivery Group today, a proposal was tabled by the RDG which could lead to a resolution to resolve the current national rail dispute through a new offer.
The NEC has therefore suspended strike action scheduled for March 30 and April 1.RMT will have further talks with the RDG with a view to securing a new offer on pay, job security and working conditions.
The RMT announced today that its 20,000 members have voted to accept a new and improved offer covering pay, jobs and conditions by a margin of three to one. The new offer which was also improved with the new money was made following the most recent strike action in January and the threat of more action. Key features of the offer include: an uplift on salaries of between 14.4 percent for the lowest paid grades to 9.2 percent for the highest paid grades; a total uplift on basic earnings between 15.2 percent for the lowest paid grades to 10.3 percent for the highest paid grades; increased backpay; renewing of the no compulsory redundancy agreement until January 2025; Network Rail withdrawing their previous insistence the offer was conditional on RMT accepting the company’s ‘modernising maintenance’ agenda, which the union will continue to scrutinize and challenge including on safety; discounted rail travel benefits.
Tube union, RMT will take strike action on march 15, over pensions, job losses, and contractual agreements. london underground, which ultimately are responsible for its subsidiary lul, has had its funding cut by government. but instead of standing up to ministers, they have tried to implement cuts to make our members pay for their funding crisis. the deadline for the government and tfl to agree the details of the pension reform has been pushed back until march 17. rmt general secretary mick lynch said: "our members will never accept job losses, attacks on their pensions or changes to working conditions in order to pay for a funding cut which is the government's political decision." tube workers provide an essential service to the capital, making sure the city can keep moving and work long hours in demanding roles. in return they deserve decent pensions, job security and good working conditions and rmt will fight and tooth nail to make sure that's what they get.
Unconditional offers from rail operators were made to RMT on February 15th, however the union has said these are not good enough and the strike action will commence.
"The government can settle this dispute easily by unshackling the rail companies. However, its stubborn refusal to do so will now mean more strike action across the railway network and a very disruptive overtime ban."
The new offer involves extra money and is not conditional on accepting Network Rail’s modernising maintenance agenda which RMT does not endorse.
The offer also has a total uplift on basic earnings between 15.2% for the lowest paid grades to 10.3% for the highest paid grades.
RMT members in Network Rail will now decide whether to accept the offer in a referendum starting on March 9th and concluding on March 20th at midday. In the meantime, industrial action on Network Rail is suspended.
- The train strikes have cost the UK more than £1bn.
- The strikes have been taking place due to pay disputes between workers in different sectors, including teachers, nurses, and train drivers.
- The government has intervened just before Christmas to torpedo the talks between the unions and train firms, but Mr Merriman denies this.
- Train operators are heavily subsidized by the government, which has contributed to the £1bn cost of the strikes. The company that is most affected by the strikes is Transpennine Express, which is experiencing cancellations due to high sickness rates and a backlog of driver training. The company's contract is under review.
- Train driver RMT members at 14 rail operators will take strike action on February 1 and 3
- Strike is over jobs pay and conditions
- Decision to strike on February 1 coincides with a TUC day of action where several unions are coordinating their strikes during the cost-of-living crisis
- RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our negotiations will continue with the rail operators to create a package on jobs, conditions and pay that can be offered to our members."
- RMT leader, Mick Lynch, calls on ministers to end long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions on the railway before Monday's meeting
- Rail unions and industry leaders to meet ministers in an attempt to break the deadlock, on the first day in almost a month that the railways have not been disrupted by industrial action
- Train operators under the umbrella of the Rail Delivery Group made a first written offer to Aslef on Friday evening. The RMT union rejected offers worth about 9% over two years that included significant changes to working conditions.
- The RMT union accuses the government of blocking negotiations and controlling the offers that employers have been able to make
- Lynch says "his government can end this dispute today by taking out the conditions they put in to torpedo a resolution and let the companies make a deal."
- The Department for Transport spokesperson says the "most important thing for passengers, businesses and the future of our rail industry, is for unions to put an end to these disruptive strikes."
- According to Network Rail, more than £400m in revenue has now been lost to the industry because of a total of 21 days of strikes in Great Britain since last summer.
- Rail minister Huw Merriman will meet union leaders including Mick Lynch of the RMT on Monday after three weeks of unseasonal disruption left the two sides apparently as far apart as ever.
- In 2019-20, the last full year before COVID struck, there were 1.74 billion passenger journeys generating £10.4bn in fares. Government subsidy amounted to £6.5bn.
- The following year COVID lockdowns and working from home saw the position flip, with a meagre 388 million passenger journeys producing just £1.8bn in fares, and government support to keep the wheels turning rising to £16.5bn.
- Even in the year to March 2022, with the pandemic in abeyance and recovery under way, there were fewer than a billion journeys, fares revenue was still below £6bn, and the government was putting in £13.3bn, more than double the pre-COVID cost to taxpayers.
- Network Rail says the railways no longer have the revenue to meet inflation-matching wage demands.
- In response to the pandemic the government tore up franchise agreements with privately owned train operators and replaced them with service contracts, removing at a stroke the revenue risk from train operators.
- Fares now go directly to the Department for Transport, which pays the operator to run services.
- Train operators still get paid when workers are on strike, receiving compensation for lost revenue of £20m-£25m a day.
- The RMT claims that adds up to £340m paid by the government to private companies since the dispute began.
Rail (TSSA) UpdatesResolved!
3 Strike Dates 0 Planned
TSSA's members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the two offers made by the train companies. This means that ballots for continuing industrial action have been withdrawn and the union will enter into discussions with employers on the detail of implementing all the principles and commitments contained in the settlement.
*A two year pay deal covering 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 which provides for a 5 per cent increase or a minimum increase of £1,750 whichever is the greater in year 1, and a further 4 per cent increase in year 2.
*No compulsory redundancies of employees within the grades directly affected by the Workforce Changes (see below) from the date of the agreement until 31st December 2024.
Dozens of TSSA members working on London's Elizabeth Line will go on strike in January 2023 over pay and proposed changes to pensions. The strikes, which are expected to bring the Elizabeth Line to a halt, will take place on January 12, 2023. In addition, action short of a strike, including working only contracted hours and not providing contingency cover, will take place from January 12 to February 28, 2023. The action follows a successful ballot in which 90% of members voted in favor of strike action and 95% voted in favor of action short of a strike, on an 80% turnout. TSSA members work in essential roles on the Elizabeth Line, including as traffic managers, service and infrastructure managers, and incident response managers. The union has said that members at Rail for London Infrastructure are being paid significantly less than their counterparts on other parts of the TfL network.
Royal Mail (CWU) UpdatesResolved!
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- The dispute between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has officially ended after months of bitter exchanges.
- Members of the union have voted by 67% to accept a deal with Royal Mail that was reached in April.
- Under the agreement, staff will get a 10% rise over three years and a one-off lump sum of £500.
- The deal also includes later starting times for deliveries and regular Sunday working.
- A win for the CWU was the promise of an independent inquiry into suspended or sacked workers and reduced use of agency workers.
- Ill will between the union and Royal Mail remains despite the end of industrial action.
- The head of the CWU, Dave Ward, said the period of negotiating and industrial action had been "the most challenging period in both the history of the union and the company".
- The company faces an Ofcom investigation over missed delivery targets.
- About 115,000 postal workers at Royal Mail are to stage a 24-hour strike on 16 February in their continuing dispute with management over pay and conditions.
- The strike will affect all shifts for 24 hours from 12.30pm that day, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said.
- The CWU added that the changes, which it said removed the right of the union to negotiate at a local level, contravened the industrial relations framework between the union and Royal Mail.
- Dave Ward, the CWU general secretary, said: "This action is down to the conduct of Royal Mail management, who have displayed a complete lack of integrity. Our members will not just sit back and watch as their working lives are destroyed by a company leadership hell-bent on ripping up historic arrangements that protect their rights and give them a voice through their union.”
Royal Mail workers are to launch a series of strikes throughout December in a dispute with the company over pay and working conditions. The walkouts have been organised by the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) which represents more than 100,000 of Royal Mail’s 140,000 workers. The CWU has argued that Royal Mail’s postal workers deserve a pay rise to match recent price increases, which reached an annual rate of 11% last month. The union is also concerned about changes to working conditions, including later finishing times and a seven-day parcel service. Royal Mail has claimed that it is losing £1m a day and has threatened layoffs and a potential breakup of the business.
Around 300 healthcare workers at Mersey Care, a healthcare provider in the UK, will go on strike on December 28, 2022 for 24 hours in protest of the government's 4% pay award, which they view as a real terms pay cut. The strike will involve nurses, healthcare assistants, support staff, cleaners, and administrative staff, and will coincide with a strike by over 10,000 GMB ambulance workers across England and Wales. GMB representatives will meet with the trusts to discuss emergency coverage during the strikes. The strike action is being described as a last resort, with the workers feeling that they have been left with little choice due to ongoing cuts to the healthcare service and their pay. The GMB is calling for the government to negotiate on pay to avoid the strikes.
School Support Staff (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Scotland 26th Sep 2023
71.38 per cent of Unite’s members in a consultative ballot voted to accept the offer made by COSLA on 21 September.
71.38 per cent of Unite’s members in a consultative ballot voted to accept the offer made by COSLA on 21 September. The living wage of £10.85 rises to £11.89 an hour under the offer, which is the equivalent to a 9.6 per cent increase. In addition, the offer commits council leaders to establish an advisory group comprising of COSLA officials, and unions to establish a ‘route map’ to achieving a minimum £15 per hour in local government – a key trade union objective.
Coordinated action involving the joint trade unions will take place on 26, 27 and 28 September. Unite’s local government membership set to strike includes janitors, cleaners, caterers, classroom assistants and administrative staff.
The councils affected are follows: Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and Orkney
“Unite’s hard working council members deserve far more than five per cent. They will have their union’s total support in the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions in local government.” In June, Unite stated that the negotiations with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) had in effect ‘collapsed’. This was due to a failure on the part of the local government body to request additional financial resources from the Scottish Government to fund an improved pay offer above 5 per cent.
Scottish Secondary Teachers (SSTA) UpdatesResolved!
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The pay proposal involves a 7% rise backdated to last April, a further 5% this April and another 2% in January.
The SSTA members returned a 85.3% in favour of accepting with 14.7% rejecting the latest offer. The formal ballot had a turnout of 79.9%.
“However, the SSTA has a major concern over the unnecessary pay cap; this seems to be an act of political dogma rather than a rational proposal. The inclusion of this is a considerable barrier in the professional career structure for secondary school teachers. The career ladder has been stifled for many years: the number of posts of responsibility has been cut severely. Posts such as these are needed in secondary schools as they are essential for good management systems. The reduction in the number of posts with responsibility attached to them has put good order in schools at risk; this is a fundamental requirement for a successful school. It is no surprise that teachers are walking away and this salary cap is just a ‘slap in the face’ to teachers in senior positions in schools”
The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association (SSTA) is a teaching union in Scotland that is negotiating a new pay offer from the Scottish government with the help of its members. The pay offer was rejected by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers, which includes the Scottish government, local authority body Cosla and other teaching unions. The SSTA said it would reinstate industrial action should an improved pay offer not be forthcoming. The question now is how the unions will respond to a new offer once one is made.
Secondary teachers in Scotland have announced plans for a further strike on 11 January. The action will coincide with a strike by the EIS union in secondary schools. The two unions are calling for a 10% pay increase, which the Scottish government has rejected as “unaffordable”. Last month, an EIS strike resulted in the closure of all but a few primary and secondary schools in Scotland. Last week, SSTA members walked out, while EIS members struck on 24 November. Unions warned that further strike dates may be announced.
Shelter Charity (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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A planned two-week strike by 600 Shelter staff members has been suspended after talks led to an improved pay offer. 85% of the workers who voted in a ballot organized by the union Unite voted in favor of striking, citing difficulties paying bills due to the cost of living crisis. The revised pay offer from Shelter includes a 7% award from December 2022, including a 3% payment from April 2022 and an additional 4% payment from December. Employees will also receive a one-time payment of £1,250 ($1,702), with £750 already received and the remaining £500 to be paid in early 2023. The union had been seeking a flat-rate £2,100 consolidated increase for all staff in 2022. The revised offer will now be put to a second vote.
More than 600 workers at housing and homelessness charity Shelter are beginning two weeks of strike action on Monday in a dispute over pay, coinciding with one of its busiest times of the year. Shelter said some services would be “temporarily impacted” but added: “We are making every effort to continue to serve those in need of our help.” The strike action coincides with industrial action by postal and rail workers, among others. Unite said Shelter’s management had “refused to enter into meaningful negotiations” and said talks at Acas had collapsed last Thursday. The strike action is due to end on December 16.
St Mungo's (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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After three months of strike action and tireless campaigning the workers have agreed to a pay increase which works out at 10.74 per cent based on a median wage or £3,125 in cash terms. Plus, the total financial gain includes a one-off payment of £700 for most workers.
Unite has warned that St Mungo’s can no longer rely on agency labour to run a skeleton service while paying dedicated homelessness workers a pittance. Workers at the charity have been on indefinite strike action since 27 June. A recent High Court ruling now threatens to plunge the charity into crisis without swift action.
From Wednesday 10 August employers will be barred from recruiting agency staff to undermine legal strike action. The charity is currently using a number of agencies.
St Mungo’s increased its pay offer from 2.25 per cent to a paltry 3.7 per cent. This is despite St Mungo’s having £16 million in cash and substantial reserves. The pay offer was rejected. Bosses have failed to make any attempt to improve the offer.
Workers at the homelessness charity St Mungo’s have roundly rejected a ‘divisive’ pay offer from management aimed at splitting the workforce and breaking the indefinite strike.
St Mungo’s increased its pay offer from 2.25% to a paltry 3.7% at a time when inflation is 11.3% and food inflation is at 18.4 per cent. This is despite St Mungo’s having £16 million in cash and substantial reserves. The pay offer was rejected by a margin of 62%.
According to the annual accounts CEO pay stands at £189,000 while the lowest paid frontline worker is on £20,000. Another highly paid executive has recently been brought in on a salary advertised at £130,000 but the executive could be getting even more. Over the last ten years senior manager’s pay has increased by 385% whilst front line pay had decreased by 30% in real terms. This is the corporatisation of St Mungo’s.
- From tomorrow (Tuesday 27 June) workers at St Mungo’s will stage an unprecedented indefinite strike accusing management of a shocking dereliction of duty towards the homeless and the charity’s own staff.
- This momentous decision has been provoked by the ongoing indifference of management who callously refuse to acknowledge the struggle front-line workers face to pay the bills. After tax and deductions frontline workers take home less than £20,000 a year. Many of the workers are now in fear themselves after being unable to pay their rent or mortgage on their current poverty wages
St Mungo's workers will go on strike beginning on Tuesday 30 May in London, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, and Bournemouth.
Workers are fed up with greed at the top of their homeless charity while they struggle to make ends meet. The pay offer of a pitiful 2.25% spectacularly backfired resulting in the announcement of a month long strike.
Unite regional officer Steve O'Donnell said: "The workers at St Mungo's are ready for this strike. Although they recognise taking action has an impact on their clients, the fault of the strike lies firmly with management.
"Our members will not accept the crumbs from the table. Especially while the number of senior managers increases and the CEO earns a huge salary. All their divisive and spiteful tricks of changing payroll deadlines to impoverish strikers will backfire because our members are ready to take action for improved pay."
Stagecoach (Sunderland) (GMB) UpdatesResolved!
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The bus strike in Sunderland has ended with the acceptance of a pay increase of 11% and a bonus of £150 for three-quarters of the Stagecoach drivers. The pay dispute began in October and almost 200 drivers participated in the industrial action. The resolution of the dispute was welcomed by the GMB Union, which thanked the people of Sunderland for their support of the drivers and praised Stagecoach for negotiating a deal.
Bus strikes in Sunderland, UK, are set to continue after drivers rejected a below-inflation pay deal. The new strike dates are December 23, 24, 26, and 27. A majority of GMB members working for Stagecoach Sunderland, the local bus company, rejected the deal, which they believed would result in a real terms pay cut. Stagecoach made an operating profit of £58 million in the 2021/22 financial year, more than double the previous year. Almost 200 Sunderland bus drivers have already taken several days of strike action in protest of low pay. The GMB, a union representing the workers, has accused Stagecoach of prioritizing profits over the needs of its employees and has called on the public to support the bus drivers.
Stagecoach Manchester (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Stagecoach Manchester bus drivers have called off their proposed strike action after accepting a new pay deal, Unite, the country’s leading trade union, announced today (Wednesday 30 August).
Unite members voted to accept the deal which will see pay increases of approximately 16 per cent for both new and established drivers – well above the current RPI rate of inflation of nine per cent.
The new pay deal also includes pay rises for weekend and bank holiday work and follows an aggressive campaign by Unite on behalf of its members across Greater Manchester.
More than 1,000 Manchester Stagecoach drivers have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, with strikes beginning in August, Unite, the UK’s leading union, announced today (Friday).
Strike action will take place on 11, 12, 13 and 14 August. Bus services across the whole of Manchester will be severely affected. More strikes will be scheduled if the dispute is not resolved.
Stagecoach Warwickshire (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Strikes by 350 Stagecoach bus drivers in Warwickshire have been cancelled after the workers accepted an improved pay offer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Thursday).
The workers voted in favour of a deal worth 12.4 per cent over two years, leading to the hourly rate increasing from £14 an hour to £15.79 over ten months. This year, pay will increase by 7.9 per cent backdated to 1 July with another 4.5 per cent from 1 May 2024.
Greater Manchester bus strikes by members of Unite employed at First Manchester and Greater Manchester Accessible Transport (GMAT) are off following improved pay deals.
First Bus drivers in Oldham voted to accept a deal worth 18 per cent overall. This includes a £1,100 payment in lieu of backpay from April, a 14.8 per cent increase from 3 September and a further 3.2 per cent increase from 2 January. Bank holiday pay has also increased to £20 per hour.
GMAT drivers balloted in favour of a 10 per cent increase backdated to April, a £350 one off payment for all staff and an extra day's holiday per year.
Bus driver strikes, by members of Unite, employed at Stagecoach in Warwickshire, have been suspended to allow workers to be balloted on a new pay deal.
Strike action due to begin tomorrow (5 September) has been suspended. If the deal is rejected, indefinite strike action will begin on Tuesday 12 September.
Warwickshire is facing extended bus strikes next month as 300 bus drivers employed by Stagecoach announced that they will be taking all-out strike action from Tuesday 5 September in a pay dispute.
The drivers who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, have rejected a pay offer of 7.8 per cent for the first year and 4.5 per cent plus £100 for the second year. This year’s pay rise was due to come into effect on 1 July when the real inflation rate (RPI) was 11.3 per cent, making the proposed offer a substantial real terms pay cut. The drivers who are paid just £14 an hour, operate from depots in Nuneaton, Leamington and Stratford-upon-Avon. Stagecoach controls 87 per cent of the bus network in Warwickshire, with routes also extending into Coventry.
Suez Waste Collection (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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Bin strikes by around 150 South Gloucestershire workers have ended after Unite, the UK’s leading union, secured an improved pay offer.
The workers, who are employed by Suez, voted in favour of the new offer and will receive a 10.1 per cent pay rise.
Strikes by 150 Suez workers, who empty bins on behalf of South Gloucestershire council, will be suspended for three days from Monday (31 July) following an improved offer from the company.
The workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will now be balloted on the new offer. If the offer is rejected, strikes will begin again on Thursday 3 August.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite has told Suez and the council repeatedly that it stands ready to enter negotiations at any time to bring this dispute to an end. Suez, however, seems keen to prolong disruption to residents for as long as possible because its leadership want to look strong. First it brought in agency staff to try and break the strike – a move that just protracted the situation. Now it is refusing to enter into talks until the end of the month.
Around 150 workers employed by Suez emptying bins on behalf of South Gloucestershire council are to strike in June and July over pay, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday). The workers voted to strike by 89% after rejecting an eight per cent pay offer from the company, which, according to its latest UK financial returns, brought in profits of £80.8 million in 2021. With the real rate of inflation, RPI, at 11.4% , this is a significant real terms pay cut.
The company’s South Gloucestershire bin loaders earn just £11.53 per hour.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “SUEZ IS AN EXTREMELY PROFITABLE COMPANY BUT IS OFFERING THESE WORKERS A REAL TERMS PAY CUT DURING THE WORST COST OF LIVING CRISIS IN GENERATIONS.”
Unite’s total focus on defending our members’ jobs, pay and conditions will ensure that Suez’s workforce have their union’s absolute support in fighting back against
Teachers (EIS) UpdatesResolved!
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Scotland 28th Feb 2023
Scotland 6th Feb 2023
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(Dundee, Argyll & Bute) 1st Feb 2023
(Clackmannanshire, Aberdeen) 31st Jan 2023
(Highlands, West Lothian) 30th Jan 2023
(Aberdeenshire, Scottish Borders) 27th Jan 2023
(Renfrewshire, Falkirk) 26th Jan 2023
(Midlothian, West Dunbartonshire) 25th Jan 2023
(South Ayrshire, Edinburgh) 24th Jan 2023
(Sterling, East Renfrewshire) 23rd Jan 2023
(East Ayreshire, Dumfries & Galloway) 20th Jan 2023
(Angus, East Dunbartonshire) 19th Jan 2023
(Moray, North Lanarkshire) 18th Jan 2023
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EIS members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the current pay offer proposed by local authority employers and the Scottish Government.
This offer includes a backdated 7% increase from April 2022, and a 5% increase from this April.
Teachers will also receive a further 2% increase in pay from January next year, with the next pay settlement then scheduled to be negotiated and payable from August 2024 onwards.
Scottish teachers are to suspend their strike action after receiving an improved pay offer. Unions will now consult their members on the proposal, which would give them a 14.6% pay rise over 28 months.
Andrea Bradley, the general secretary of the EIS - the largest union - said they would recommend that members accept the offer.
The proposal involves a 7% rise backdated to last April, a further 5% this April and another 2% in January.
- The largest teaching union, the EIS, described negotiations as "cordial and constructive" but said no new offer had been tabled.
- Staff in primary schools will walk out on Tuesday followed by secondary school teachers on Wednesday.
- Members of the EIS, NASUWT, SSTA and the AHDS trade unions are due to take part in the action.
- Unions have rejected a 5% increase, arguing for 10%. The offer includes rises of up to 6.85% for the lowest-paid staff.
- EIS general secretary, Andrea Bradley, said, "It is disappointing, though not surprising, that no new offer was presented today, despite some positive progress in discussions."
- The Scottish government and Cosla said there was no additional funding available for an improved pay deal.
Teachers (NAHT) UpdatesResolved!
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Teachers (NASUWT) UpdatesResolved!
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- Members of the NASUWT union will strike on 28 February and 1 March.
- The largest teaching union in Scotland, the EIS, has already announced nationwide strikes on those dates, in both primaries and secondaries.
- Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said the talks were "constructive" but no new offer was tabled.
- Teachers are currently being offered a rise worth between 5% and 6.85% for the majority of teachers, but top earners would receive less.
- The NASUWT is calling for a 12% increase, while the EIS has asked for 10%.
- The EIS union is currently staging a rolling series of strikes in two local authorities per day, until 6 February.
- There will be two nationwide strike dates on 28 February and 1 March, and the EIS is planning a second wave of rolling action from 13 March if there is no resolution to the dispute.
- Pay talks for teachers are held by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) which brings together teaching unions, the Scottish government and local authority body Cosla.
- Talks between teaching unions and the education secretary, Gillian Keegan ended with “no concrete progress”, but the door remains open for further discussions.
- Union leaders described the meeting as constructive, but with no extra money for teachers on the table, strikes could be just weeks away.
- Ballots for strike action among hundreds of thousands of union members are due to close this week.
- The National Education Union (NEU) said the Department for Education (DfE) had downplayed any suggestion of addressing this year’s below-inflation pay offer, and there had been no promises on improved pay next year.
- Leaders of all four of the unions who attended Monday’s meeting have offered to clear their diaries for further talks, in the hope of averting strike action.
- Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, the NEU joint general secretaries, said,“If the government wants to avoid industrial action then there is only a small window of opportunity before the NEU declares its ballot result and its plans for action. No one wants to strike and the government can avoid it by talking and making concrete progress on pay.”
- Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the NASUWT teachers’ union, added, “Given the pressing issues, the minister must now intensify and accelerate a programme of further talks. We have been clear we will meet any time and any place to discuss these issues and that we will commit the time necessary to make progress. However, we will remain in dispute with the government unless tangible progress is forthcoming.”
The NASUWT, a teachers' union in Scotland, has announced plans for further strike action in January in an ongoing dispute over pay. The union is calling for a fully funded pay award of 12% for 2022/23, arguing that the current offer, worth between 5% and 6.85%, amounts to a real-terms pay cut as inflation reached 10.7% in November. Primary teachers will strike on 10 January, while secondary teachers will walk out on 11 January. The Educational Institute of Scotland and the SSTA union will also be participating in the action, leading to widespread school closures across Scotland. The unions have concluded that co-ordinated action is the most effective way to ensure that all teachers can participate in the strike and to send a united message to the Scottish government and employers.
Teachers (NEU) UpdatesResolved!
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- All four teachers' unions in England have accepted a 6.5% pay rise, ending strikes over pay.
- The NEU, the UK's largest teaching union, voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay offer.
- The NASUWT and NAHT unions also accepted the deal, as did ASCL earlier in July.
- The pay rise means the average teacher's salary will increase by £2,500.
- The pay offer is "properly funded" and will not come from existing school budgets.
- The unions have been calling for above-inflation pay rises for teachers.
The National Education Union (NEU) is calling for strikes on 5 and 7 July in England. The NEU is UK's largest education union and has been striking since February. Teachers have already struck five times and regional strikes are planned for the autumn. The most recent strike affected more schools than ever and was unsuccessful in negotiations. The Department for Education said strike action would cause "real damage" to pupil learning. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan has previously said strike action was "extremely disappointing".
Teachers in England are set to strike again after members of the National Education Union (NEU) overwhelmingly turned down a government pay offer. More than 191,000 members voted in the ballot (a 66% turnout), with over 195,000 rejecting it. Union bosses, speaking at the NEU conference in Harrogate, said they were putting Ms Keegan "on notice".
The government said it had offered teachers a £1,000 payment for the current school year - on top of an average 5.4% rise last September - plus an average 4.5% rise next year.
"[The offer] does not deal with the acute shortage in our schools - shortages that parents see every single day," said co-general secretary Dr Mary Bousted.
The National Education Union said the offer of a 4.3% rise for most teachers plus a £1,000 one-off payment for the 2023-24 year was not enough and it will recommend that its members reject the deal. Talks between the government and four teaching unions ended on Monday with the unions considering the offer from the Department for Education.
However, the NEU said the government was only offering to fund half a percentage point of the pay increase, with the rest expected to come out of existing school budgets. Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, joint general secretaries of the NEU, said it does not match the offer in Scotland and Wales or address the crisis in teacher recruitment.
The National Education Union (NEU) has asked teachers to reject a new pay offer, after intensive talks with the Department for Education. The government has offered teachers a £1,000 extra cash payment this year and a 4.3% rise for most staff next year. Many teachers in England received a pay rise of 5% in September 2022 but unions say this was a cut due to inflation. Thousands of schools were disrupted by the latest walkout by teachers who are members of the NEU. Four unions have been involved in six days of intensive talks with the education secretary since 17 March about teachers' pay, conditions and workload.
The NAHT, NEU, ASCL and NASUWT unions have been calling for above-inflation pay rises, funded by extra money from the government rather than coming from schools' existing budgets. Before talks began, the Department for Education had said it hoped they would reach "a successful conclusion".
The dispute over teachers' pay has been resolved in Scotland.
The National Education Union [NEU] in Wales has accepted a new Welsh government pay offer, bringing an end to the dispute. The offer includes a 8% pay rise this year, a 6.5% increase in annual pay and a one-off lump sum payment of 1.5%.
- Strike action has been postponed until March 2nd.
- The National Executive of the NEU have postponed a planned day of action in Wales due to detailed talks with the Minister for Education and Welsh Language and Welsh Government officials.
- The current offer from the Welsh Government is a consolidated award of 1.5% this year, plus a non-consolidated lump sum of 1.5%.
- The union will consult with branches and workplace representatives to secure the views of members in Wales.
- The union will continue to press for a fully consolidated award and an offer for support staff members.
- Workload remains a huge issue and progress has been made to attend to workload drivers.
- The Welsh Government has signaled an intent to address the unsustainable pressure on the workforce.
- There has been an agreement to review the Independent Wales Pay Review Board’s recommendations on pay for 2023/24.
- Teachers in England and Wales will strike over pay on seven dates in February and March, according to the National Education Union (NEU).
- National strikes are scheduled for 1 February, 15 and 16 March. Regional strikes are also planned.
- The NEU says the strike will affect 23,400 schools in England and Wales.
- Education Secretary Gillian Keegan plans to meet with union leaders later this week.
- Head teachers are expected to take "all reasonable steps" to keep schools open for as many pupils as possible during a strike, according to Department for Education guidance.
- The NEU says any individual school will only be affected on a maximum of four out of the seven dates.
- Support staff in England and Wales also voted in favour of striking but in England they failed to meet the legal threshold so will not be taking part.
- Most state school teachers in England and Wales had a 5% rise in 2022, but the NEU says this rise actually equates to a pay cut, because of high inflation rates.
- NEU joint general secretary Kevin Courtney says of the teachers who were balloted, 90% in England and 92% in Wales supported strike action.
Trelleborg Workers (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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The workers at Trelleborg, a Swedish manufacturer of industrial seals, voted to accept an improved pay offer after striking for over a month. The offer pays employees 11% over two years, with increases in the second year if inflation is above 5%. The union contacted its Swedish counterpart IF Metall for help in resolving the dispute, and a link was quickly established with their main shop steward.
They workers were originally offered a 5.2 per cent one year deal.
More than 200 Trelleborg workers in Tewkesbury and Bridgewater supplying seals to aerospace, auto, medical, food and energy firms will strike over a real terms pay cut, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Monday).
The factory workers, who make seals for clients such as Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Air Bus, the Ministry of Defence and Carl Zeiss, are striking after rejecting a 5.2 per cent pay offer. With the true rate of inflation, (RPI), at 13.5 per cent this is real terms pay cut of 8.3 per cent.
Veolia (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
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- Strike action planned by nearly 200 Veolia workers at 22 Merseyside household waste sites will not go ahead after the workers accepted an improved pay offer.
- The two year pay deal, secured by Unite, the UK’s leading union, will see workers receive a 10 per cent pay rise backdated for the financial year 2022/23 and an 8.4 per cent increase for 2023/24.
- The lowest paid workers will also receive a one-off payment of £375.
- Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Veolia Merseyside workers stood together in their union and secured a substantial pay rise.
- Unite is totally focused on defending and improving our members jobs, pay and conditions. As this pay deal, and the hundreds of others negotiated by the union across the country, shows, it is an approach that delivers results."
- Unite regional officer John McColl said: “The pay deal secured at Veolia, is another example of why Merseyside workers should join Unite if they want better wages and working conditions.”
There was a planned strike action by Veolia workers at 22 household waste and recycling sites in Merseyside, which was scheduled to take place from Monday 2 January to Saturday 7 January. However, this strike has been postponed to allow workers to vote on a revised pay offer. If the offer is rejected, the strike will take place from Sunday 15 January to Saturday 21 January.
Veolia Waste Nottingham (GMB) UpdatesResolved!
5 Strike Dates 0 Planned
GMB Union have today announced the end of strike action at outsourcing giant Veolia.
GMB members have voted to accept a one-off cost of living award along with commitments from Veolia to confront issues with workplace culture.
The GMB union said 50 of its members would take industrial action at sites in Mansfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and Worksop from Monday 25 September in a dispute over pay.
The union said waste firm Veolia, which runs the sites, had refused to take part in pay negotiations.
Welwyn and Hatfield Grounds Maintenance (UNITE) UpdatesResolved!
7 Strike Dates 0 Planned
- Workers employed by Continental Landscapes on Welwyn and Hatfield council's ground maintenance contract secured a pay increase of at least 13% after a lengthy industrial dispute
- 13 members of Unite, the UK's leading union, went on strike in November to secure a pay increase, the introduction of pay differentials based on skills and knowledge, and the assurance that temporary agency staff would not receive higher rates of pay
- Pay will increase on 1 April from £10.12 to at least £11.44 an hour (13.1% increase), with two further skills-based pay bands at £11.60 an hour (14.6% increase) and £11.75 an hour (16.1% increase)
- Unite secured a commitment that in the future, agency workers will not be paid a higher rate of pay than permanent staff
- Unite will engage constructively with Continental Landscapes to ensure that the agreements are fully implemented in the best interests of the workers and the company
- Grounds maintenance workers employed by Continental Landscapes on a council contract will continue strike action over poverty pay.
- Workers have already taken 8 weeks of strike action since November.
- Further two weeks of strike action announced, starting Monday 30 January.
- Workers have been offered pay increase, but with conditions attached and no further increase until 2024, which were not accepted.
- Workers also have a grievance concerning agency workers who receive higher pay.
- Unite union is supporting the workers and claims that the dispute is of the employer's making.