NSSN 577: Glasgow women workers force council climbdown on equal pay

Glasgow City Unison statement – UNISON is pleased to report that the council has conceded they will not “dump the deal” and will now maintain the 2019 arrangements to calculate further interim compensation payments. This important concession has been won for one reason and one reason only – the willingness of trade union members to take strike action. The work to agree the detail of the further interim compensation payments will now revert back to our joint claimants legal team (A4E, UNISON, GMB and UNITE). The council’s stated aim is to begin making payments from October this year but there is still a lot of work to do before this can happen. The UNISON branch’s pay justice committee – made up of elected UNISON stewards – has therefore agreed to postpone the strike action planned for 29/30 March. However the strike action planned for 20/21 April and the Glasgow Life strike ballot have not been withdrawn at this point. Glasgow Life members should continue to vote YES to strike action. This is because we want an implementation plan produced by the council in the coming weeks that is acceptable to the joint claimants legal team and the UNISON branch. If an acceptable implementation plan is not forthcoming then we will not hesitate to implement the strike mandate. We will issue further communications in due course. In the meantime, well done to UNISON members who so clearly demonstrated their willingness to strike. Let’s maintain and build on the trade union organising we have done. There will be further battles ahead no doubt. If you have not lodged an equal pay claim then contact [email protected] for a claim form. Remember that equal pay claims are individual.

Glasgow equal pay strike Oct 23

UNISON suspend equal pay strike on 29 and 30 March (25 Mar) – UNISON has called off two days of strikes 29 and 30 March and a large rally in Glasgow on Tuesday 29 March after the council has made significant concessions around equal pay. Planned strike action on 20 and 21 April remains in place. Council leader Susan Aitken wrote to trade unions to say that she is ‘committed to settling on equal pay’ and that:

  • Glasgow City Council’s current pay and grading scheme is discriminatory, and it needs to be replaced with some urgency.
  • Glasgow City Council gives a commitment that job titles covered by the 2019 deal are settled using the 2019 deal and they will use the agreed formula to pay women.
  • And women who have been undervalued and under paid for over a decade need to be compensated and that it is the council’s intention to make interim payments to women no later than October 2022

UNISON will suspend strike action while we enter 3 weeks of intense negotiations to work out the detail of these welcome statements read more

GMB: Glasgow equal pay strike suspended (25 Mar) – Responding this afternoon [Friday 25 March] to the suspension of strike action by members of GMB Scotland and Unison Scotland in Glasgow City Council, GMB Scotland Organiser Sean Baillie said: “Our members have suspended their strike action scheduled for this Tuesday and Wednesday, following assurances from the council leader that the 2019 deal will be maintained for negotiations over interim payments, and that those payments will be delivered by October. This is not a decision taken lightly. There is a deep mistrust of the council among our members, and particularly toward the unelected officials who have consistently hindered progress to tackle the pay discrimination which they imposed. The strike actions for the 20th and 21st of April remain scheduled. We expect the council leader’s participation in talks over the coming days and weeks, and that an offer and plan for the settlement and payment of interim and new claims is set-out in advance of 20th April.” Read more


Support sacked P&O workers

NSSN supporters have taken part in demonstrations to support the 800 sacked P&O workers and their unions the RMT and Nautilus International and other seafarer unions. We will advertise solidarity protests in this bulletin and we will update it during the week, and on social media when they are announced. We support the calls for P&O to be nationalised to save jobs and defend communities.

Latest protests:-

Thursday 31st March at Port of Liverpool L21 1LA 7.30am read more

Friday 1st April Portsmouth 11.15am against DP World

Friday 8th April at Cairnryan Port at 12 noon read more



From RMT website:-

BREAKING NEWS!! RMT slams P&O CEO’s wilful flouting of the law (29 Mar) – The Maritime union responds to a letter to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps from P&O CEO Peter Hebblethwaite on his justifications for not being able to rehire 800 sacked staff nearly 2 weeks ago read more

BREAKING NEWS!! Pride of Kent detained (28 Mar) – RMT on detention by MCA of Pride of Kent tonight. RMT tonight welcomed the MCA detention of another P&O vessel the Pride of Kent in Dover for what the union believes are multiple safety and operational breaches, including the wearing of breathing apparatus, and demanded again that the Government seize the entire fleet and take action to get them back in service with the sacked crew reinstated read more

Pride of Kent detained (28 Mar) – RMT on detention by MCA of Pride of Kent tonight. RMT tonight welcomed the MCA detention of another P&O vessel the Pride of Kent in Dover for what the union believes are multiple safety and operational breaches, including the wearing of breathing apparatus, and demanded again that the Government seize the entire fleet and take action to get them back in service with the sacked crew reinstated read more

RMT in P&O talks today (28 Mar) – RMT in talks today to reverse P&O illegal sacking of crew. General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT is meeting with DFDS, Stena and the DfT today to discuss the ongoing crisis from P&O’s illegal dismissal of its crews…” read more

RMT calls demonstration at Clyde Marine Recruitment as union targets P&O supply chain (25 Mar) – Further to this weeks demonstration at Cairnryan, Maritime Union RMT will be targeting P&O’s supply chain and any company complicit in P&O’s scandalous decision to dismiss all UK seafarers. The union will be demonstrating outside the offices of Clyde Marine Recruitment on Monday 28thMarch at 11am. Clyde Marine Recruitment are responsible for recruiting the scab labour to replace some of the union members on P&O’s routes read more

RMT demands that DP World are chucked out of Freeports (25 Mar) – MARITIME Union RMT today called for the Scottish, Welsh and UK Governments to exclude P&O Ferries owners, DP World from taxpayer funded Freeports. The Scottish Government has published its bidding prospectus for publicly funded ‘Green’ Freeports which receive at least £25m in seed funding. P&O Ferries owners DP World are heavily involved in English Freeports, particularly the Thames and Solent. An announcement is also said to be ‘imminent’ on a Freeport in Wales read more

RMT on seizure of P&O vessel by MCA tonight (25 Mar) – RMT tonight welcomed the MCA detention of P&O vessel European Causeway in Larne for multiple safety and operational breaches and demanded that the Government seize the entire fleet and take action to get them back in service with the sacked crew reinstated. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “The seizing of the European Causeway by the MCA tonight shows that the gangster capitalist outfit P&O are not fit and proper to run a safe service after the jobs massacre. This mob should be barred, their ships impounded and the sacked crews reinstated to get these crucial ferry routes back running safely.” Read more

RMT statement after officials met with P&O this afternoon (25 Mar) – RMT statement after officials met with P&O this afternoon to discuss the company’s illegal sacking of 800 seafarers on 17th March 2022 read more

RMT calls for immediate P&O injunction (24 Mar) – RMT calls for Government to issue immediate injunction to prevent P&O ships from sailing and to ensure reinstatement of sacked workers as MPs are told of widespread law breaking read more

RMT and Nautilus raise safety alarm (24 Mar) – RMT and Nautilus raise alarm over safety of P&O ships in joint letter to Brian Johnson. As Unions give evidence to MPs in Parliament this morning, RMT and Nautilus International have written to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to express serious concern that sacking P&O Ferries crew and replacing them with agency staff who have no experience of these ships. The agency staff are only receiving a few days familiarisation and will be put under intense pressure from the company which will have the effect of importing a far higher level of safety risk to passengers and workers meaning that lives will be put in jeopardy read more


From Nautilus International website:-

P&O Ferries executives fail to address key demands in meeting with Nautilus (28 Mar) – A meeting between representatives of Nautilus International with P&O Ferries executives on Friday broke up after just 20 minutes when the company continued to insist it acted correctly in sacking 800 staff and failing to consult with unions read more

Union for safety inspectors joins Nautilus International in P&O Ferries campaign (25 Mar) – Prospect, the trade union that represents surveyors working at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), has joined with Nautilus International in calling for the MCA to ward off potential disaster by performing rigorous inspections before P&O Ferries vessels are permitted to sail read more

CGT France expresses solidarity with RMT and Nautilus campaign against P&O Ferries (25 Mar) – A federation of French unions, CGT France, has sent a message of solidarity for the campaign by Nautilus and the RMT against P&O Ferries’ decision to lay off of 800 employees. In a letter of support it said: ‘The CGT Federation of maritime unions, merchant navy officers, railway and transport workers stand in solidarity with our comrades and fully support the seafarers of this shipping company read more


Stop union victimisation: support the Coventry bin strike

The Labour council has disgracefully targeted Pete Randle, one of the senior Unite shop stewards. We call on all our supporters to support Pete and his striking members

Sharon Graham speech at Coventry bin strike rally: Councillors suspended from Unite, no union funding for Coventry Labour during May elections (26 Mar) – Unite leader suspends all Coventry Labour councillors who are Unite members from the union. There will be an investigation of their conduct; they stand accused of colluding with strike breaking, sacking a shop steward and failing to negotiate with union members. They can now hold no positions in the union or take part in the union in any way read more

Sign petition to Councillor George Duggins – Coventry Council: Reinstate Pete Randle, stop union busting, stop strike breaking and pay the rate

Follow @UniteWestMids on twitter. Coventry bin worker’s strike fund – Unity Trust Bank; Name of Account: Unite WM/7116 Branch Coventry Local Government; Account number: 20302665 Sort code: 60-83-01; send messages of solidarity to [email protected]


TUC National Demonstration Saturday 18th June Central London  

The TUC has called a national demonstration this summer. The NSSN welcomes this so that the biggest possible national demonstration can be built as a platform for the mass co-ordinated industrial action that is needed as workers fight the squeeze on their living standards.

12noon Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD read more


Stop the war in Ukraine

The NSSN calls for the unity of working-class people across Ukraine, Russia and the whole region against war, militarisation and repression. We support the actions of independent trade unions in Ukraine and Russia in defending workers.

FBU Executive Council Statement – Invasion and War in Ukraine

RMT statement on Ukraine

Unite executive council – statement on Ukraine crisis

NIPSA statement: Russian Invasion of Ukraine


NSSN news

2022 NSSN Conference – Saturday 2nd July 11am-4.30pm Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Facebook event

BREAKING NEWS!! Confirmed speaker: Sharon Graham Unite General Secretary

Get your trade union branch or trades council to affiliate to the NSSN – it only costs £50. Already affiliated? Please think about renewing it. Also, many of our supporters pay a few pounds a month. You can set up a similar standing order to ‘National Shop Stewards Network’, HSBC – sort code 40-06-41, account number 90143790. Our address is NSSN, PO Box 54498, London E10 9DE. Feel free to use this affiliation letter.

And if you can, come to one of our regional Conferences. If there is not one in your area, get in touch to either assist in organising or have a speaker at one of your meetings or events. Contact Rob or Linda on [email protected]


Union News


RMT slams Great British Railways as a ‘tawdry vehicle for private looting’ (25 Mar) – RMT slams Great British Railways as a ‘tawdry vehicle for private looting’ as Govia rewarded for breaching financial good faith with yet another contract. RAIL UNION RMT said today that Great British Railways was becoming a sick joke as it was confirmed Go-Ahead Group’s Govia would be awarded a three year contract to run the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in spite of being accused of breaching financial good faith by concealing money due to the public and minimising the risk of detection by the DfT read more

Heroic cleaners being left behind again (24 Mar) – Statutory Sick Pay from day one to be scrapped in Covid rules shake up. RMT criticised new measures coming into force today which will mean those isolating with Covid will not get SSP from day one. New government guidelines mean that people taking sick leave will only be entitled to SSP from day four. Several groups of cleaners that are engaged in industrial disputes fighting for the right to paid sick leave by the company. They will be severely impacted by this change and will have to make the bleak choice between working while ill or slipping further into poverty if they stay at home. RMT has taken strike action at cleaning companies Churchill and Atalian Servest over wages and the refusal of bosses to pay company sickness remuneration read more

RMT launches campaign for a people’s CalMac (24 Mar) – Day of action in Oban tomorrow. Ferry Union RMT has today launched a new campaign for a People’s CalMac, starting with a day of action in Oban at 11am on Friday 25thMarch. RMT is calling for the Scottish Government to invest in creating a publicly owned and operated ferry service that delivers reliable, more affordable services and which gives communities and workers a greater say in the running of the service. The Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service operated by CalMac expires in September 2024. RMT is opposed to privatisation of Scotland’s ferries and believes that these services must be publicly owned and operated, putting communities and passengers before profit read more

RMT warns of more disputes on Transpennine Express – Reports that FirstGroup has been given an 8-year contract to attack staff. Ahead of further strike action this weekend by conductors on Transpennine Express services, RMT warned today that the interests of passengers are being sacrificed by a government that is hard-wiring profiteering and attacks on staff into its revamped privatisation model as reports indicated that FirstGroup will be awarded an 8 year extension to their National Rail Contract read more

TPE Conductor members to take further industrial action. Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-

  • hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 13th March 2022
  • hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 20th March 2022
  • hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 27th March 2022
  • hours until 23.59 hours on Sunday 3rdApril 2022
  • hours on Saturday 16th April 2022 until 23.59 hours on Sunday 17th April 2022
  • hours on Saturday 30th April 2022 until 23.59 hours on Sunday 1st May 2022
  • hours on Saturday 4th June 2022 until 23.59 hours on Sunday 5th June 2022 read more

Congratulations on rock solid London Underground action (3 Mar) – All RMT London Underground members are congratulated for the rock-solid strike action across the entire network this week. There has been a brilliant show of solidarity and support from you all and you are commended for your commitment to fight against vicious attacks on your jobs and pensions in order to pay for the TfL funding crisis read more

Support the London Night Tube strike: every Friday and Saturday nights on Central and Victoria lines read more



Review shows no need to slash TfL pensions (28 Mar) – London Underground tube train at a platform with a red footbridge above. Commenting on today’s Independent Review into Transport for London (TfL)’s pension scheme, TfL union TSSA says ‘no change’ option vindicates workforce and exposes government’s “politically motivated” review read more

Shapps throwing good money after bad – Cortes comment after Govia awarded Thameslink (25 Mar) – Govia awarded new Thameslink contract despite Southeastern scandal. TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has lambasted the Government after it awarded Govia Thameslink a new national rail contract despite huge fines given to sister company, Southeastern.  Govia, which is jointly owned by Go-Ahead and French company Keolis, was fined £23.5million just eight days ago for deliberately concealing more than £25 million of taxpayer funding which should have been returned to the Government.  Under the new contract with Thameslink, which will run for three years, Govia will pocket £8.8million in management fees per year, with the potential to make a further £22.9million linked to performance read more



Strike action continues as GE Aviation accused of ‘dirty tricks’ in Gloucester pay dispute (29 Mar) – Workers at Gloucester’s Hurricane Road GE Aviation factory will be striking every Friday until their call for a fair wage is honoured, Unite the union has said today (Tuesday 29 March). Multinational GE Aviation has been accused of `dirty tricks’ in an attempt to undermine the workers. The 90-plus workers are employed by GE’s subsidiary Dowty Propellers. The workers have rejected a two year pay offer worth just 4.5 per cent which, with the actual level of inflation (retail price index) standing at 8.2 per cent, amounts to a real terms pay cut read more

Petrol stations facing disruption as workers fight for a fair wage from ‘filthy rich’ Exxon at Southampton oil refinery (29 Mar) – Petrol station and airport fuel supplies are facing disruption as workers at Exxon’s Southampton oil refinery fight for a fair wage from their “filthy rich” employer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday 29 March). Around 100 workers, who make up a third of the contractors at the Fawley Refinery, will strike on 8 April, 25 April and 6 May, with more strikes to be scheduled if the dispute is not resolved. Fawley supplies a sixth of petrol stations nationwide and all airports. As some workers provide safety critical services, strike action could lead to shutdowns across the plant read more

Northern Ireland Education Authority workers to continue campaign for improved pay with further day of strike action (28 Mar) – Following the first week of strike action taken by its members working in councils, the housing executive and education, Unite has confirmed that a further day of strike action is now planned by workers at the Education Authority for this coming Friday [1 April]. The strike announcement comes ahead of a meeting involving workforce reps from across all NJC-pay sectors this week which is likely to determine the union’s wider strategy to win improvements to pay read more

Striking council workers, education workers and housing executive workers hear calls for Stormont to deliver a wage they can live on (24 Mar) – On the fourth day of strike action by Unite members across all eleven councils, the NI Housing Executive and Education Authority, members of the union gathered at Stormont to hear demands for urgent action from politicians to reverse their `failure’ and deliver a pay improvement. As Stormont goes into recess, the rally heard that with the real cost of living rocketing to 8.2 per cent (RPI), the politicians and employers must cease the attacks on this key workforce and step up on pay, or face a long dispute. The event was attended by approximately five hundred frontline workers from across Northern Ireland read more

Easter worries for Heathrow travellers as baggage maintenance engineers strike over pay (28 Mar) – Heathrow passengers are being warned of problems over the Easter holidays as baggage maintenance engineers take strike action over a pay freeze. Unite, the UK’s leading union, said more than 160 of its members employed by Heathrow baggage engineering contractor Vanderlande Industries voted overwhelming to stage Easter holiday strikes from 8 April until 10 April. On a ballot with a 77 per cent turnout, 97 per cent voted for strike action. The workers are highly skilled engineering technicians, duty engineers, process managers and control room operators. They are responsible for operating and maintaining the complete baggage system across every terminal. The strikes will impact all airlines at Heathrow, including BA, KLM, Air France and Lufthansa. The pay freeze comes despite Vanderlande recording a 27 per cent increase in orders and a 14 per cent growth in revenue in its commercial report for the 2021 financial year. The report also states that Vanderlande continued on a ‘profitable growth path’ read more

POLL: Business and transport failing late-night workers as Unite calls for action on safe travel home (28 Mar) – Nearly six in ten workers (58 per cent) report that their employers have never provided them with safe transport home after work, a new poll for Unite the union reveals today (Monday 28 March) read more

London bus strikes to go ahead as Arriva workers reject pay cut deal (25 Mar) – A 48-hour strike by bus drivers employed by Arriva will go ahead on Monday (28 March) after workers rejected the company’s pay offer. The strikes will involve drivers, members of Unite the UK’s leading union, based at depots in Croydon, Norwood and Thornton Heath. The drivers operate routes across south and central London. Arriva initially offered workers a pay deal of just 1.5 per cent, a real terms pay cut as inflation climbs to 8.2 per cent. The company belatedly improved the offer but it still failed to meet members’ expectations read more

Unite fights Scottish government over ‘illegal’ pay imposition at Marine Scotland (25 Mar) – Unite the union has today (25 March) confirmed it is set to challenge the Scottish government in an escalating dispute over the imposition of a potentially `illegal’ pay award. Around 80 Unite members are involved in a month-long industrial action ballot at Scotland’s fisheries protection fleet, which opens today and closes on 25 April read more

QC appointed to lead the independent Unite inquiry into blacklisting (25 Mar) – Unite is delighted to announce that Nick Randall QC and John Carl Townsend have been appointed to investigate the possible collusion by union officers in blacklisting. Over the past months, evidence gathering by Thompsons solicitors has continued, with many blacklisted construction workers and other witnesses having already been interviewed. The work of the independent investigators is expected to start officially on 11 April read more

Manchester facing bin strikes as Biffa workers ballot over insulting 1.75 per cent pay offer (24 Mar) – Unite members are among over 200 workers employed by waste management company Biffa on Manchester council’s outsourced refuse collection service considering strike action in a dispute over low pay. Biffa, which logged £26 million in pre-tax profits last year, is a private company so not bound by the local government pay restraint policy. However, Biffa is refusing to pay above the 1.75 per cent for local government pay in 2021, leaving many of its workers with an hourly wage just 64 pence above the legal minimum wage. With the real cost of living now running at 8.2 percent (RPI) and prices rising at the highest rate in generations, Unite is pressing for a rise that will help address spiralling costs. The workers are employed as drivers, loaders and environmental operatives. A vote in favour of industrial action will see strikes begin later this spring read more

Veolia workers across Edinburgh and Lothians set to strike over `insulting’ pay offer (24 Mar) – Unite can confirm today (24 March) that more than 50 members working for Veolia Water across Edinburgh and the Lothians are set to take strike action in a dispute over pay. The strike action, involving plant operatives, electrical maintenance, mechanical, and administrative staff, was supported overwhelmingly by 94 per cent of Unite’s members in a ballot turnout of 83 per cent. The Veolia workers are demanding a significantly improved pay offer from the company.  With the more realistic cost of living (RPI) currently running at 8.2 per cent per cent, Veolia’s offer of 2.6 per cent for this year is a pay cut. Strike action will take place from 7-13 April, and then continuous strike action from 21 April read more

Leeds councillors under pressure to ensure ‘rate for the job’ on waste to energy construction project (23 Mar) – Construction workers will be protesting today, Wednesday 23 March, at the Civic Hall, Leeds to ensure workers employed on a new waste-to-energy plant at Skelton Grange in the city should be paid the rate for the job. Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for the project but has failed to stipulate that it should be built using the National Agreement for the Engineering Industry (NAECI), the appropriate national agreement for this type of construction work read more

Airbus Broughton workers set for industrial action (22 Mar) – Unite members working at Airbus’ Broughton site in North Wales are set to take industrial action following a rejection of the company’s latest pay offer. Over 3,000 workers at the giant Broughton plant will commence industrial action from 7 April unless Airbus improves the pay deal read more

Strikes at County Durham car bearing factories set to disrupt automakers (22 Mar) – Pay strikes at car bearing manufacturers NSK Bearings and AKS Precision Ball in Peterlee, County Durham, are set to disrupt supply chains for automakers, including VW, Toyota and Renault, Unite, the UK’s leading union, has warned. Around 200 workers, comprising the entire shopfloor workforce at the two factories, both owned by NSK Europe, will take strike action every Wednesday and Saturday for the next six weeks over an ‘insulting’ 1.6 per cent pay offer. The first strike will begin tomorrow (23 March) with the possibility of industrial action intensifying if a new offer is not put forward read more

UK facing Easter beer shortages as DHL Tradeteam drivers in Burton-on-Trent announce strikes (22 Mar) – HGV drivers employed by DHL Tradeteam on the Molson Coors contract in Burton-on-Trent will begin strike action next month in a long-running dispute over unmanageable delivery routes. The drivers, members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, have been involved in a three year dispute caused by excessively long delivery routes. The current dispute was triggered when DHL Tradeteam reneged on a deal struck at the conciliation service Acas last year, backtracking on a commitment to recruit 25 additional drivers in order to address the route demands. Unite has announced two separate 72 hours strikes. The first will run from Wednesday 6 April – Friday 8 April and the second from Sunday 10 April – Tuesday 12 April. The strikes will then be followed by an overtime ban from Tuesday 12 April until Wednesday 20 April read more

Unite secures ‘excellent’ supplementary pay deal for Scottish Water workers (22 Mar) – Unite the union has today (22 March) heralded a supplementary pay win for Scottish Water workers averaging £3,600. The trade union confirmed that through strong negotiating by Unite representatives around 145 workers across Scotland are set to benefit from the ‘excellent’ supplementary pay deal for call outs and out of hours working. The deal was negotiated after Scottish Water attempted to reduce set rate call out and other supplementary payments for workers, including team leaders who support critical emergency callouts. Following the negotiations between Unite and the company, the cuts were not only scrapped but supplementary pay actually increased read more

UK shortages of Pork Farms products during Nottingham factory all out pay strike (21 Mar) – Supermarkets across the UK will face shortages of Pork Farms products during a continuous all-out pay strike by more than 170 workers employed at Nottingham’s Riverside Bakery. Staff earning just above the minimum wage, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will go on strike from 30 March over a pay cut disguised as a rise. The offer would leave staff worse off by reducing overtime, bank holiday and premium rates. Riverside Bakery produces quiches, flans and savoury tarts sold by major retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Marks and Spencer read more

Unite to stage targeted industrial action as council workers express disgust at 1.75% pay offer – Unite’s local government members will stage targeted industrial action at councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in March, after rejecting a 1.75 per cent pay offer in a ballot of more than 300 local authorities. More than 80 per cent of Unite’s 70,000 members, who voted in nearly 400 separate ballots, were in favour of industrial action over the 1.75 per cent offer made by the Local Government Association (with 2.75 per cent for those on the bottom pay point) for 2021/22. Council workers from Belfast to Bath to Ipswich have said loud and clear: ‘We are worth more’. The union said that the employers’ offer was and remains ‘completely unacceptable’, given that the RPI rate of inflation has raced ahead to 7.8 per cent. (A list of councils, where the legal threshold for industrial action has been met and where action will be taken, will be unveiled soon) read more

Industrial action set to have a ‘severe impact’ on Lerwick Port – Unite the union today (15 March) confirmed that its members working at the Lerwick Port Authority have voted in support of industrial action over pay, terms and conditions. For a number of years, despite the prosperity and expansion of the port, skilled and semi-skilled employees have been paid considerably less than nationally agreed rates. Around a dozen key workers voted unanimously in support of strike action and an overtime ban. The industrial action will include engineers, electricians, joiners and general operatives. Unite members will now commence a continuous overtime ban from 28 March at the main port in the Shetland Islands. Due to the significant hours of overtime required to ensure the effective running of operations at the port, Unite has stated that any overtime ban in itself will have a ‘severe impact’ on the cruise liners and oil and gas vessels, as well as the general shipping, which use the harbour read more

Ford facing tipper truck and van shortages as VFS workers in Eastleigh to strike over pay – Workers employed at the south coast firm VFS Southampton Ltd, who assemble tipper trucks and vans for Ford, have announced extensive strike action in a dispute over pay. The workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, voted overwhelmingly for the action after VFS imposed a pay award which the company claims is worth 3.65 per cent but, with the RPI (retail price index) rate of inflation currently standing at 7.8 per cent and set to rise further, is in reality a pay cut. VFS also assembles large vehicles for Mercedes so the strikes will hit both companies with delays to the delivery of vehicles. Unite’s members will hold a 24-hour strike on Tuesday 29 March with a further six strike periods scheduled for a total of 25 days until mid-June. The workers will be striking on the following dates: 29 March, 1 April, 11-14 April, 25-29 April, 3-6 May, 23-27 May and 6-10 June read more

Statement of solidarity with Svitzer workers on strike at Teesside – The executive council and general secretary of Unite the union stand in full solidarity with Svitzer tug boat workers in Teesside who are on strike for fair pay. It is disgraceful that Maersk Shipping, which owns Svitzer, is looking at record profits yet seeks to impose a zero per cent pay rise during a cost of living crisis. Unite will stand behind you, our members, every step of the way until Maersk and its subsidiary Svitzer get serious and table a real pay offer. The resources of your union will remain at your disposal to support you in your dispute read more

Striking workers increase the pressure on Chep, a major UK pallet supplier – Unite will raise the pressure on Chep UK where workers based in Trafford Park have been on strike since December 2021 in a dispute over pay. Unite has accused the company of “failing its workforce in the middle of a cost of living crisis”. The UK’s leading union is staging protests over the coming weeks across the pallet maker’s customer base in Wales and the North West including Unilever, Heinz, DHL, Heineken, Proctor and Gamble and Two Sisters. Chep UK, which is based in Trafford Park, Manchester, repairs and supplies pallets for supporting and transporting goods to a host of prominent companies. The workers have been on strike since December – and recently renewed their mandate for strike action into the spring by a majority of 94 per cent. Chep UK made £70.5 million in profit in 2021. The company would only need to increase its current pay offer by an estimated £67,000 to resolve the dispute read more

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GE Steam Rugby buyer EDF warned it’s ‘inheriting industrial unrest’ as first strike in 45 years continues – EDF’s plans to buy Rugby’s historic turbine factory could result in the French energy giant inheriting industrial unrest unless pay strikes against the current owner GE Steam Power are resolved, Unite has warned. The first strike in 45 years will continue at the 120-year-old factory tomorrow (Friday 4 March) and Monday (7 March) at Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2NH. The dispute is over GE Steam Power’s refusal to negotiate over flexible working payments and the expectation that workers will take on new roles without extra pay. More than 75 Unite members, comprising nearly the entirety of the factory’s workforce, are taking a further eight days of strike action between 18 March and 2 May. Since GE Steam Power’s acquisition of the Rugby site 11 years ago, the relationship between the workers and management has been become increasingly strained over pay, redundancies, attacks on pensions and cuts to death in service benefits read more

Huge vote for industrial action as Unite calls on MAHLE Engine Systems to think again on further cuts – Unite the union has today (Tuesday, 1 March) confirmed that its membership at MAHLE Engine Systems based in Kilmarnock have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, terms and conditions. The ballot involved around 130 workers at the plant’s materials unit. 89 per cent of Unite’s members supported strike action in a ballot turnout of 82.4 per cent. Over 95 per cent of the workers also supported taking action short of a strike including an overtime ban. The workers will take part in three 7-day periods of strike action starting at 7.30am on 14 to 21 March, 28 March to 4 April, and 11 to 18 April. There will also be a continuous ban on overtime starting at 07:30am on 14 March. The workers are contesting the current holiday entitlement provisions and contractual clauses which can shut the plant down for two weeks at any given period. The plant makes high-quality components for motorsport engines, combustion engines and electric vehicles read more

Envases Liverpool Ltd printers to strike over dismissal of Unite rep – Members of Unite employed as printers by Envases Liverpool Ltd will take 12 days of strike action next month following the dismissal of the union’s rep. Unite believes that its rep John Williams was dismissed on the false charges as a direct consequence of him standing up for the Unite members at the factory. Envases had sought to use misleading information and a false statement to try to drive a wedge between Unite and another union at the factory. After Mr Williams exposed the company’s actions he was dismissed read more

GE Aviation workers in Gloucester to strike over pay – Workers employed by GE Aviation Systems Limited’s subsidiary Dowty Propellers are to begin strike action in a dispute over pay. The 90-plus workers, who are based at the company’s factory in Hurricane Road, Gloucester, are taking industrial action after rejecting a two year pay offer worth just 4.5 per cent, even though the real level of inflation (RPI) currently stands at 7.8 per cent. The first strike will take place on Friday 4 March, with further strikes scheduled for every Friday until 20 May read more

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Economic forecasters to strike in a row over inflation – Economists and researchers at the world famous NIESR (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) will stage a two week strike in a row over two years of below inflation pay offers. The strike begins on Friday 21st January and ends on Friday 4 February. The action means that there is a very real possibility that the forthcoming forecasts for the UK and global economies, which have been published quarterly since the 1980s, will not go ahead. NIESR staff will be unable to deliver on project work for external partners and funders, and will be unable to participate in events and other dissemination activities. The RPI reached 7.1 per cent at the end of 2021 but NIESR bosses are sticking to their decision to give staff 0% for 2020-21 and just 2% for 2021-22. The pay offer fails to keep up with the rising cost of living and represents a significant pay cut in real terms read more

Strike action set to hit Dalkeith based FLB print firm – Unite the union has today (10 January) confirmed that around 110 workers at print and publishing firm FLB Group in Dalkeith, which owns the Filofax and Letts brands, will take strike action this week in a dispute over pay. The strike action will take place on Wednesday (12 January) at 6am and conclude at 05:59am on Thursday. It is the first of a series of 24 hour stoppages commencing every Wednesday into Thursday until 31 March. Some 95.7 per cent of the eligible workforce previously voted in support of strike action in late November on an 84.4 per cent turnout. The pay dispute originates from early 2021 when Unite’s members were informed by FLB that there would be no pay rise. Due to pressure from Unite, the company made several unsatisfactory offers that ended with a below inflation two-year offer of 2.75 per cent. Unite is demanding a six per cent pay increase at a time when the cost of living is at a ten-year high. The Retail Prices Index stood at 7.1 per cent in November 2021 read more

Strike action by Turners of Soham logistic drivers set to impact major aviation companies – Logistic drivers working for Turners of Soham based out of Grangemouth are set to begin strike action tomorrow (6 January) in a dispute over pay. The logistic drivers work on the Q8 Aviation Deliveries contract which provides fuel services for a number of major aviation companies. The strike action follows 100% of Unite members voting to take strike action, on a turnout of 100% at the end of December 2021, following a lack of progress after months of negotiations with the company. The current wave of strike action ends on 14 January at 24:00 hours with further dates to be planned in the coming weeks. Unite’s members based at Grangemouth have been offered an 8.7% increase, despite the same company awarding its drivers in the North West of England 17.5% in October of last year read more

Transport for London bosses ‘declare war’ as seven workers suspended at crisis-hit Woolwich Ferry – Transport for London (TfL) bosses were today (Tuesday 21 December) accused of ‘declaring war’ on the Woolwich Ferry’s workforce by Unite the union, as seven workers were suspended with no reason given. Unite also said that there needs to be an urgent investigation into so-called ‘technical issues’ that mean the troubled ferry operation will be out of action until the New Year. The union has, therefore, called off planned strike action in the first fortnight of January, due to start on Monday 3 January. Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We are also demanding an investigation into the on-going technical difficulties with the ferry which means there will be no ferry service until sometime in the New Year. As a result, we will be suspending at least the first two weeks of our industrial action in January. The strikes, once they commence, are due to run until the end of March…” read more

East Lancashire NHS Trust intransigence forces new period of strike action by biomedical scientists – East Lancashire NHS Trust intransigence forces new period of strike action by biomedical scientists. Bosses at East Lancashire NHS Trust must shoulder the blame for a new 12 week strike which starts today (15 December). Blackburn and Burnley biomedical scientists will re-start strike action today (Wednesday 15 December) in a dispute over unpaid wages. Union negotiators met with the Trust on Tuesday (7 December) last week in an attempt to identify a solution to the dispute. It was an opportunity to avoid further strike action and to re-establish union / Trust relations. On the eve of the strike, the Trust had still failed to take up the opportunity to end the dispute read more

Evonik workers at historic Manchester chemicals site strike over pay – Evonik workers at a 130-year-old Manchester chemicals site are to strike over pay, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Wednesday 13 October). Around 25 production and warehouse operatives at Evonik’s Clayton site, which has been a chemical plant since 1892, are taking industrial action after rejecting a 1.5 per cent pay offer read more



PCS calls on HMRC to retain ‘work from home’ guidance in Wales (28 Mar) – Our call comes in light of the decision by the Welsh Government to remain at Covid-19 ‘Alert Level Zero’. On Friday 25 March, the Welsh Government confirmed that “…due to the increased pressure to the NHS we will be moving more cautiously than previously signalled” read more

Successful first day of strike action at the British Council (25 Mar) – British Council employees across the world took strike action yesterday (24) and have begun their second and last day of action today. Picket lines were held at all the UK offices, with a big turnout in Manchester. Solidarity visits from other PCS branches and other unions happened at each location. Members based overseas also took strike action, and shared messages on Twitter. You can also show your support by:

All DWP branches meeting on stop the cuts campaign (24 Mar) – PCS is urging all DWP branches to send 2 reps to an online meeting on Thursday (31) to discuss our campaign to oppose the proposed closure of 41 processing offices across the DWP. We have agreed facility time with the DWP for 2 reps from each branch in the PCS DWP Group to attend the meeting which runs from 10.30am to 4pm. Before Thursday, reps are encouraged to hold meetings to consult with their members and gauge what they are prepared to do to support the campaign. Branches are advised to contact [email protected] to arrange a speaker from the PCS negotiating team read more

PCS brands pay process a farce as Cabinet Office rules out meaningful consultation (24 Mar) – PCS has accused the Cabinet Office of ignoring the cost-of-living crisis and its impact on our members. We met with the Cabinet Office yesterday (23) to discuss the forthcoming pay remit guidance, which covers pay setting arrangements for civil servants throughout the civil service, due to be published next Thursday (31 March). We told the Cabinet Office that our members have now voted by a majority of 98% to endorse our pay claim, submitted in December, and by a majority of 81% to take industrial action, if their aspirations are not met. We said that there needed to be a sea change in the employer’s approach to negotiations if industrial action was to be avoided read more

PCS members deliver huge yes vote (22 Mar) – PCS members have delivered a huge ‘Yes’ vote to the union’s demands on pay and pensions and on their willingness to take action if negotiations do not deliver a fair deal. The consultative ballot of all members working in the public sector took place between Monday 14 February and Monday 21 March 2022. The ballot was conducted by post and electronically. Ballot result:

  • 97.3% in support of the national pay claim
  • 80.7% willing to take industrial action
  • 45.2% turnout.

The result represents the highest yes vote for action, and the second highest turnout for a national ballot, in the union’s history. 70,000 members took part in the ballot across 246 separate employer areas read more

PCS wins check-off case against the Home Office (24 Mar) – We have recorded another great win in the High Court on the issue of check-off, this time against the Home Office. It follows a similar victory against the Department for Work and Pensions, who were forced to pay the union £3 million in damages read more

Remember to vote in the ballot (22 Mar) – A reminder to members in Ofsted to return your ballot papers and what to do if you haven’t had one or have lost it. The PCS ballot over the 60% return to offices is underway. Members at Ofsted are encouraged to vote YES/YES to strike action and action short of strike. This is a postal ballot and members must fill out the ballot paper and return it as soon as possible read more

Atos members to take industrial action – The members working for Atos IT Services will take a day’s strike action followed by an overtime ban. PCS members working for Atos IT Services on the National Savings & Investment, PiP, BBC and Tax Free Child Care contracts are to start industrial action on 28 February. Atos have not made an improved offer since our members overwhelmingly rejected the 1.5% pay offer. Our claim is for 5% or £1300 underpin plus a £600 one off payment in recognition of the contribution our members made throughout the pandemic. The industrial action is twofold with a strike on 28 February followed by action short of a strike, which will include an overtime ban across all the accounts. If we do not receive a significantly improved offer we will be continuing the action short of a strike and also moving to all out selective strike action read more



Fox’s Glacier Mint workers protest over fire and rehire (25 Mar) – Striking Fox’s Glacier Mint workers are set to stage a mass protest on Monday [28 March 2022] telling bosses to drop their fire and rehire threat. Workers will be joined by a giant polar bear, labour councillors and York Knights rugby players at the event. Staff at Valeo York, who also make Poppets and humbugs, mint assortments butter mints, rhubarb and custards and lemon sherberts for well-known supermarkets including M&S, are on strike following attacks on their pay, terms, and conditions. They have been told by bosses they will be fired and re-hired unless they agree to a new contract which reduces their holiday and pay – which some have through fear of losing their job read more

Solihull bin strike off after workers accept new deal (25 Mar) – The Solihull Bin Strike has been cancelled after GMB members narrowly accepted a new pay deal. Almost 100 refuse workers were set to walk out for five days from Monday [28 March], in a strike affecting up to 86,000 homes. Today, GMB members accepted a pay rise of up to 5.26 per cent, with a minimum of £10 per hour. Amey Services Limited, who hold the refuse services contract with Solhull Council, originally offered just £9.50 per hour. On a turnout of 83 per cent, just over 56 per cent voted to accept the new deal. GMB’s membership has doubled during the dispute read more

Cadent strike ballot begins today for thousands of workers (25 Mar) –

Thousands of workers at gas giant Cadent begin voting on strike action today.

More than 2,000 GMB members will take part in the industrial action ballot, which runs until 12 noon 8 April. If workers vote to walk out, a strike could take place as early as 22 April. The ballot comes after workers resoundingly rejected a below inflation pay increase of 2 per cent for 2021 and 4 per cent from July 22. With inflation running at 8.2 per cent, the deal amounts to a massive real terms pay cut read more

Manchester faces bin strike as Biffa workers vote (24 Mar) – Manchester faces a mass bin strike affecting 220,000 homes as refuse collectors begin an industrial  action ballot. Around 200 workers employed by outsourced waste management company Biffa will take part in the vote, which begins on 29 March and ends on 12 April. The dispute stems from Biffa is refusing to increase wages for the majority of the workers above the 1.75 per cent that local government workers received for 2021 read more

North Somerset bin strike: refuse workers set for crunch talks with council (24 Mar) – Crunch talks between are set for today [Thursday 24 March, 2022] between North Somerset council and GMB union in a bid to avert a forthcoming bin strike. Almost 100 workers at recycling centres and refuse collection services run by North Somerset Environment Company are set to walk out in the coming weeks. The strike could affect 88,000 homes read more

Barrow bin strike: Six more days of industrial action (24 Mar) Refuse collectors in Barrow have announced six more days of industrial action in their fight for a living wage. GMB members working FCC Environment will walk out on from 30 March to 1 April and then 6 to 8 April read more

Wimbledon parking wardens make ‘racquet’ over tennis tournament pay cuts (24 Mar) – Wimbledon parking wardens are making a ‘racquet’ over plans to cut their overtime rates, GMB Union says. Merton Council plans to cut the pay of those tasked with keeping the traffic moving during Wimbledon tennis tournament fortnight. From the end of June for a couple of weeks every year Wimbledon comes alive with tourists and tennis – it also comes alive with traffic. GMB members give up two weeks of their lives every summer to ensure this British institution runs smoothly and safely for residents and visitors. But this year Merton Council proposes to slash the overtime rates for the traffic wardens who work hard to prevent Merton and Wimbledon becoming gridlocked. By taking away the current overtime rates for GMB members the council are taking money away from low paid workers at the worst time read more

HGV drivers for chicken giant vote to accept a bumper consolidation uplift of up to £13,000 a year (23 Mar) – GMB members who deliver chicken to big chain restaurants and supermarkets have voted to accept a bumper consolidation buyout which will see their pay increase by up to £13,000 a year. HGV drivers working for Avara voted to take strike action, but the union has now settled the dispute – with the members accepting one of the biggest consolidation uplifts seen in the sector read more

GMB message for G4S: Stop bullying our members at Croydon Hospital (23 Mar) – GMB members employed by G4S at Croydon University Hospital are being called into meetings by their managers and being pressured into not going on strike, the union understands. The members employed as domestics and porters at the hospital have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after their demands for the London Living Wage of £11.05 per hour and an occupational sick pay scheme have been ignored by their employer G4S. The union can confirm today that members are being called into individual meetings, at which managers are pressuring them not to go out on strike. The first date of strike action is scheduled for Monday 4th April read more

Leeds council under pressure on energy project (23 Mar) – Construction workers will be protesting today, Wednesday 23 March, at the Civic Hall, Leeds to ensure workers employed on a new waste-to-energy plant at Skelton Grange in the city should be paid the rate for the job read more

Calderdale must stop fire and rehire threat (23 Mar) – GMB Union will lobby a full meeting of Calderdale Council today [23 March 2022] over plans to and rehire workers – and badge it as a restructure. GMB is also in dispute with Calderdale Council over their failure to carry out a much-needed job evaluation process following the council’s decision to dish out a whopping £450,000 from the public purse over the next three years so outsourced waste contractor Suez can increase the market rates for HGV drivers and supervisors read more

Northampton refuse workers begin bin strike – Northampton town’s bin strike ballot begins today [18 March 2022] as GMB Members vote on industrial action. The ballot will close three weeks from today, on 6 April. The earliest date of any industrial action – which could affect 94,000 homes – would be 20 April. Northampton’s refuse collectors – employed by Veolia – are angry after turning down a pay offer of just 2.5 per cent – despite inflation running at a 7.8 per cent. The council, ultimately responsible for bin collections, has increased Veolia’s funding by 5.5 per cent, but the company are refusing to pass that on to workers read more

Wealden faces bin strike for 70,000 homes Wealden faces a bin strike affecting 70,000 homes as GMB begins an industrial action ballot. More than 40 GMB members working at Biffa’s East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership depots at the Hailsham and Uckfield regional sites are voting on whether to walk out over pay. Workers demand pay rises across the service, which would see loaders on £12.50 per hour, LGV drivers on £14.50 per hour and HGV drivers on £17.50 per hour. The ballot – which closes on Friday 25 March – could see strike action as early as mid-April if Biffa management continues to refuse engagement and negotiations with GMB read more

Adur and Worthing bin strike dates announced – GMB Union has announced the Adur and Worthing bin strike will begin on Monday 14 March. Industrial action – set to last at least 14 days – will continue until March 27. The council’s Chief Executive and Director for Digital, Sustainability and Resources now have three weeks to avoid disruption to 82,000 homes, the union says. More than 60 refuse, streets and recycling operatives and drivers will walk out after their demands for a pay increase, increased rates for overtime and shift patterns, plus a review of operating and management practices were ignored by management read more



Scottish college staff vote 80% for strike action (25 Mar) – UNISON members across Scotland’s colleges have voted by an overwhelming 80% to move to a strike ballot. Having previously rejected the college employers’ below inflation pay offer, and with the cost of living crisis rapidly worsening, college support staff have now authorised a formal ballot for industrial action to fight for a better deal. In an online consultation, the voter turnout surpassed the 50% turnout requirement for the upcoming postal ballot. UNISON is the largest trade union for college support staff, and this consultation involved thousands of members from all parts of Scotland. Union representatives will meet with college employers leaders on Monday in a bid to resolve the dispute read more

HE workers prepare for further strikes over pay and pensions (23 Mar) – University staff provide vital services, but they’ve seen the value of their pay plummet. Workers on the picket line in Leeds, with placards that say ‘Fair pay now’ and ‘1.5% doesn’t pay the rent’. UNISON members will take further strike days at eight universities over pay and pensions issues from this week. This is the second round of strikes at each of the universities, following a series of dates in February and earlier this month. Action is to take place during the next three weeks at Birkbeck, SOAS, City, King’s College London (all University of London), Brighton University, Gloucestershire University, Edinburgh Napier University and Leeds University. Staff at each of the institutions have voted to strike over the imposition of a 1.5% settlement in August 2021, which came on top of a 0% settlement imposed in 2020. In addition, workers at two of the universities – Leeds and SOAS – are also taking industrial action over changes to their pension, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). These strikes will take place on the 24 and 25 March read more



Health Service Car Park Charges To Go; statement by NIPSA General Secretary Carmel Gates (25 Mar) – NIPSA welcomes yesterday’s announcement that car park charges at health service facilities will be scrapped from 2024. The charges have amounted to a stealth tax on health workers and have been an intolerable additional financial burden on patients and their families. We are calling on the health minister not to play for time and to take immediate steps to implement the abolition of the charges and to ensure that there is no future funding gap. The successful campaign to abolish these charges clearly illustrates that NIPSA and the wider trade union movement is delivering for working-class families and communities. I would like to record my thanks to all our activists who campaigned in the hospitals and on the streets. Your efforts made a real difference read more

NIPSA Members employed as Education Welfare Officers announce 72 Hour stoppage – NIPSA, the largest union from the non-teaching workforce in Education, announces that members employed as Education Welfare Officers will embark on 3 full days of strike action commencing 2nd March read more



RCN gives oral evidence to NHS Pay Review Body (22 Mar) – We’ve stressed the urgent need for a significant pay rise to stop nursing staff leaving the profession read more



Post Office strike vote: 97.3% vote YES to action (28 Mar) – Strikes are likely if bosses do not settle wage claim of loyal and hard-working counters, admin and supply chain workers, following 97.3 per cent YES vote in national ballot. Every Crown office in the UK will stop work and there will be no cash delivered or collected from our nation’s 11,500 sub-Post Offices unless senior management break the deadlock and end their unjustified pay freeze, warned the CWU today. “This fantastic show of support by our members expresses their anger and frustration at being undervalued, once again, by a misguided and out of touch employer,” commented CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey, after the ballot result was announced earlier. Also, this democratic and nationwide vote is proof of our members’ collective determination to stand up and fight for a fair deal – and again I want to say how extremely proud I am of all of them and how this makes our Postal Executive all the more determined that we win the pay rise our members so richly deserve.” The CWU is calling upon the Post Office to respond with either an acceptable proposal or an offer of meaningful negotiations, otherwise the union will decide when to call the first strike. Strike action is highly likely to impact significantly on the wider Post Office network, as a consequence of cash-in-transit drivers not providing required funding.  Also, there is likely to be further disruption, with closed post offices impacting upon regular letter and parcel collections read more

Cost of living crisis – inflation 8% – Capita TVL offer 4% (23 Mar) – Postal executive rejects salary proposal from the TV licensing service provider, warning bosses they must do better on pay. “Well, this was the wrong day to ask us to accept a 4 per cent pay rise,” commented CWU assistant secretary Andy Furey this afternoon, after this morning’s news of a further increase to both the retail and consumer indexes. When the Office for National Statistics is announcing that inflation has hit 6.2 per cent (CPI) and 8.2 per cent (RPI), then I’m sorry, but this is a proposed wage settlement that, while improved on the first offer, is still too far below the UK cost of living at this time. We would not be doing our job properly as a trade union if we were to accept a real-terms pay cut of this magnitude.” Read more

CWU warmly welcomes ‘golden-triple-lock’ promise to fully compensate all 555 postmasters who led Horizon fight (23 Mar) – Prime Minister joins Chancellor and Post Office Minister in promising that the Government will set aside sufficient public money to fully compensate all those who started the first legal challenges read more



White paper plans longer school week (26 Mar) – Schools white paper to outline plans for 32.5 hour school week. Commenting on the announcement by the Department for Education that schools will be asked to offer at least 32.5 hour school week by September 2023 under plans to be outlined in the Schools White Paper on Monday, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “The education sector is crying out for a Schools White Paper and SEND Green Paper that address the huge challenges that battered and bruised schools face to support all their pupils during and beyond a pandemic. The expectation of a 32.5 hour week for pupils is a classic example of government trying to hit a target but missing the point…” read more

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Action Date Contact
Ipswich School / Ipswich
29-31 March [email protected]
Walthamstow Primary/Waltham Forest
(Terms & Conditions)
29-30 March [email protected]
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Woodfield Primary (Stoneleigh Site) / Coventry
(Terms & Conditions)
30 March [email protected]



IOM teachers balloted for industrial action (22 Mar) – The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has opened a ballot of members in the Isle of Man for potential industrial action over pay, workload and working practices. The ballot, which opened last week and closes on 4 April, asks members if they would be willing to take both strike action and action short of strike action over an unacceptable pay offer for 2021/22 and the failure of ministers to tackle the adverse working practices which are driving up teachers’ workloads to an unsustainable level read more

Pocklington teachers strike to protect pensions (21 Mar) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Pocklington School in East Yorkshire are starting the first of five days of planned strike action tomorrow (Tuesday) after being threatened with dismissal from their jobs unless they agree to new contracts that would leave them with worse pensions. The Employer is seeking to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) and impose inferior pension arrangements on teachers which would adversely affect their future financial security read more

NASUWT ballots Northern Ireland members over industrial action (18 Mar) – Members of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union in schools across Northern Ireland are being balloted over industrial action, it was announced today. Education Minister Michelle McIlveen has been informed of the Union’s intentions to ballot for industrial action on pay, workload and working conditions. The announcement follows the failure of the Department of Education and employers to bring forward a satisfactory pay offer for 2021-22. A two year pay offer in February this year was overwhelmingly rejected by NASUWT members. The Minister has also failed to deliver on all commitments made in the 2020 workload agreement read more

Northumberland teachers take strike action over workload and working practices – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Bedlington Academy in Northumberland will take the first of fifteen planned days of strike action tomorrow (7 Mar) over adverse management practices which are negatively impacting on members’ health and welfare. Members at the school are facing excessive and unacceptable workload burdens, along with a failure by management to put in place effective measures to manage pupil behaviour read more

Ipswich teachers strike to protect pensions – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Ipswich School are taking the first of six days of planned strike action tomorrow (1 Mar) after being threatened with dismissal from their jobs unless they agree to new contracts that would leave them with worse pensions and working conditions. The Employer is seeking to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) and impose inferior pension arrangements on teachers which would adversely affect their future financial security read more

London teachers strike over attack on pensions – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Forest School in North East London are starting the first of six planned days of strike action tomorrow (Wednesday 22 Feb), over adverse plans for their pensions, all of which have the potential to leave teachers worse off in future read more

Norwich teachers strike over pensions – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Norwich High School for Girls, are starting the first of six days of planned strike action tomorrow (10 February) in protest at plans to downgrade their pensions, which would leave them significantly worse off in retirement. The Girls Day School Trust (GDST), which runs the school, is planning to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) and impose an inferior scheme on its teachers. Staff have been threatened with dismissal from their jobs if they refuse to sign up to new contracts which include the downgraded pension entitlement. The NASUWT does not believe there is any financial justification for GDST to seek these cuts to teachers’ pension entitlements. GDST has enough funds to offer teachers fair pensions. The Trust’s finances are in a healthy condition with total funds of £461.9 million and available reserves of £43.1 million as of August 2020 read more



Dundee’s Teachers vote to Oppose the Introduction of Faculties (22 Mar) – Dundee’s teachers have strongly voted in favour of industrial action over Dundee Council’s proposals to move to a faculty structure in its secondary schools. A recent consultative ballot organised by the Dundee Local Association the EIS saw 88% of teachers voting in favour of industrial action with a turnout of 73% read more

EIS-FELA Opens Statutory Industrial Action Ballot over Lecturers’ Pay – The EIS-FELA has opened a statutory ballot for strike action and action short of strike (ASOS), in pursuit of a fair pay deal for college lecturers in Scotland. The decision to conduct a statutory ballot has come following an emphatic rejection of the current pay offer, from the Employers’ side of the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC), by the EIS-FELA membership in a survey and a clear and strong backing, for both strike action and ASOS, in a recent consultative ballot. Negotiations, over pay, have been protracted and the Employers’ have failed to increase the current offer, despite the clear views of the EIS-FELA membership and two formal dispute meetings at the NJNC read more



Strike action at 27 universities begins as survey shows most UK university staff considering leaving the sector (28 Mar) – University staff at 27 universities begin a five day walkout today over cuts to pensions and deteriorating pay and conditions. The UK wide action started last week when staff at 40 universities downed tools for five days. This is the third round of strike action this academic year. Staff recently took up to 10 days of strike action over three weeks, from Monday 14 February to Wednesday 2 March, and previously went on strike for three days in December 2021. The University and College Union (UCU) also warned of a staff exodus from UK universities after two thirds of university staff said they are considering leaving the sector. The finding comes from a new UCU report ‘UK Higher Education – a workforce in crisis’ based on a survey of almost 7,000 university staff at over 100 institutions read more

Strike off at University of Sheffield International College as deal is reached (28 Mar) – University and College Union (UCU) members at Sheffield International College have today called off eight days of planned strike action after the union reached an agreement on the long-standing dispute over pay and holiday entitlements for 2021. The deal will see staff receive a 3% pay increase, backdated to September 2021, and equalisation of holiday allowance so that all staff get 30 days leave. This will result in an increase of up to 5 days holiday for the college’s student experience team. The employer has also committed to commencing pay negotiations for the period 2022 as soon as possible and has tabled an early offer of 3% which the branch will respond to in due course read more

Two-thirds of university staff considering leaving sector, new report reveals (25 Mar) – UCU warned of a staff exodus from UK universities after two-thirds of university staff said they are considering leaving the sector within five years over cuts to pensions and deteriorating pay and working conditions. The finding comes from a new UCU report ‘UK Higher Education – a workforce in crisis’ based on a survey of almost 7,000 university staff at over 100 institutions read more

Richmond upon Thames College could face industrial action over fire & rehire plans (23 Mar) – UCU members at Richmond upon Thames College have today backed potential industrial action over plans to fire the entire teaching workforce and rehire them on worse terms. The college is planning to sack 127 members of teaching staff and make them reapply for their  jobs on worse terms and conditions that would see them lose 13 days holiday. UCU said that fire and rehire has no place in further education and has called on the college to immediately withdraw the threat of compulsory dismissals and rethink its proposals to force through holiday cuts. The union said that members at the college have unanimously backed moving immediately to an industrial action ballot and will ballot for strike action to resist the employer’s plans read more

Staffordshire University to face two additional days of strike action in March and April (22 Mar) – UCU has today announced two additional days of strike action at Staffordshire University, unless management drop plans to employ new staff via a wholly owned subsidiary company. Staff are already striking next Monday 28 March, so the university now faces staff walking out for two days next week and again in April. The full strike days are Monday 28 March, Wednesday 30 March and Thursday 7 April. The latest announcement comes after Staffordshire University staff voted to strike over management’s introduction of a two-tier workforce. The union has also announced that its members will take part in action short of a strike which begins on Thursday 31 March and could last up to five months unless management reverses its contract changes. This will include working strictly to contract and refusing to undertake voluntary activities. The additional strike days have seen the university cancel an applicant visit day, planned for 30 March. 70% of staff who voted in the ballot voted yes to strike action. 80% of those who voted also voted yes to action short of strike read more

Third wave of UK wide university strikes begins today with five day walkout (21 Mar) – Over 50k staff at 67 universities are taking five consecutive days of strike action over the next two weeks, beginning today as UCU members at 38 universities walk out over cuts to pensions and deteriorating pay and conditions. Two more universities begin their action on Wednesday and staff at 27 further universities start their walk out next week. Over a million students will be impacted. Due to the nature of its teaching model, which includes weekends, staff at the Open University will be taking seven days of strike action. This is the third round of strike action of the academic year. Staff recently took up to 10 days of strike action over three weeks, from Monday 14 February to Wednesday 2 March, and previously went on strike for three days in December 2021 read more

Ballots for industrial action open today at universities across the UK – UCU today (16 Mar) began balloting staff to take further industrial action over cuts to pensions and deteriorating pay and conditions.

  • 149 universities being balloted for strike action and action short of strike.
  • Five days of strike action also set to begin at 68 universities next week
  • Preparation being made for UK wide marking and assessment boycott

UCU said the ballots, which opened at 149 universities today and will run until Friday 8 April, pave the way for action to continue throughout the remainder of 2022. The union’s members are voting on whether to take strike action and action short of strike (ASOS) in both of the two ongoing disputes: pensions, and pay and working conditions [NOTE 1]. UCU originally balloted universities in October 2021, and mandates at most universities will end on Tuesday 3 May. Successful reballots will allow staff to continue taking action through this calendar year. Over 50k university staff at 68 universities are set to begin five more days of strike action from Monday 21 March, after recently taking up to ten days of strike action over three weeks, from Monday 14 February to Wednesday 2 March, having gone on strike for three days in December 2021. In total 149 universities face new ballots. Staff at 65 universities in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) are being balloted over pension cuts, and staff at 143 universities are being balloted over pay and working conditions. Some universities face ballots in both disputes, others just one. Successful ballots could see action short of strike such as a marking and assessment boycott beginning next term. This could stop hundreds of thousands of students from graduating read more

Strikes begin today at Goldsmiths in jobs row – Industrial action by University and College Union (UCU) members will begin today (Monday 7 Feb) at Goldmiths University as part of an ongoing dispute over plans to sack 46 members of staff. Goldsmiths wants to make the cuts as part of a ‘recovery plan’ after years of financial mismanagement have left the university with a £12.7m deficit. The union says the ‘recovery plan’ is a deal struck with Lloyds and Natwest banks to use redundancies to improve the university’s finances. Following a failure by the university last week to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies staff have been left with no option but to take industrial action in defence of jobs. Staff will walk out today (Monday 7 February) and tomorrow, and follow this up with strike action alongside that taking place as part of UCU’s national pay and pension disputes later this month. The full dates that Goldsmiths staff will be on strike over this dispute are – Week 1 Mon 7 & 8 Feb; Week 2 Wed 16 – Fri 18 Feb; Week 3 Mon 28 Feb – Fri 4 March

The university has already been hit with a global boycott which means UCU is asking its members, other trade unions, labour movement organisations and the international academic community to support its members at Goldsmiths in any way possible read more  Follow @GoldsmithsUCU on twitter

UCU fighting fund: the link is here and donations to the fund are spent on supporting members involved in important disputes.



Bakers Spring Statement – Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary (29 Mar) – Last week’s spring statement was as cruel, callous and inadequate a financial statement as I can remember in my lifetime and let’s be honest there is some competition for that prize. Working people and some of our vulnerable citizens have not just been let down over the past few decades, they have seen many of the hard won gains steadily eroded. Social security cuts, health and social care charges, educational inequality, workplace insecurity, and falling wages have entrenched structural inequalities, making Britain one of the most unequal and economically divided societies in the western world read more

The Insecure Economy: Measuring and Understanding the Contemporary Labour Market – Sarah Woolley BFAWU General Secretary (25 Mar) – Following the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, a new report by the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) and Autonomy Think Tank looks at the explosion of employment insecurity over the past 17 years read more



BBC files UN complaint about online violence towards women journalists (23 Mar) – The NUJ says the “truly chilling” threats must be stopped. The BBC World Service has filed a new urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) against Iran over the online violence faced by women journalists working for BBC News Persian read more

NUJ welcomes protection of sources victory at Old Bailey (22 Mar) – At a hearing at London’s Old Bailey today West Midlands Police failed in their legal bid to force NUJ member Chris Mullin to reveal the source for his Birmingham Six investigations read more



Prospect and Nautilus warn Maritime and Coastguard Agency to block P&O ferries from sailing until comprehensive checks can take place (25 Mar) – Prospect, the trade union that represents surveyors working at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), has joined with Nautilus International in calling for the MCA to ward off potential disaster by performing rigorous inspections before P&O Ferries vessels are permitted to sail read more

Downgrade of air traffic control services at Benbecula cancelled (24 Mar) – Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd have announced that they are pausing a review of air traffic control services at Benbecula Airport in the Western Isles read more



What does the Chancellor’s Spring Statement mean for Equity members? (23 Mar) – Today (23 March) the Chancellor set out his Spring Statement. During his speech in Parliament, Rishi Sunak responded to the Ukraine crisis and the economic forecast. He also addressed the escalating cost of living, which is the cost of basic things we all need – such as food, housing, water, heating, transport and clothes read more

Sign the petition to save Stratford Circus! https://www.change.org/p/save-stratford-circus



pladis (McVities) staff in Manchester are devastated by the company’s job loss proposal, Usdaw will now enter into consultation talks (22 Mar) – Global confectionary and snack company pladis have announced proposals for around 140 job cuts at the McVities site in Manchester, which amounts to a one-third cut in staff, Usdaw will now enter into consultation talks with the company read more

#ReinstateMax: defend sacked Tesco USDAW rep Max McGee – 3 months on from exhausting all appeals, Max McGee is preparing to take Tesco to an Employment Tribunal over his trade union victimisation and sacking. A GoFundMe page has been set up to donate to Max’s reinstatement campaign and trade union comrades are encouraged to raise the campaign at their Trade Union branches and Trades Councils over the coming weeks. Link to the page below:


Messages of solidarity and photos can be sent to [email protected]



UVW GOSH strike protest: Support the six-week GOSH security guards strike



Striking JustEat Couriers Demonstrate Outside Greggs HQ over Pay Cuts (23 Mar) – Striking JustEat couriers from the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will demonstrate outside of JustEat client Greggs’s Newcastle HQ building on Thursday 24 March at 13:00 over pay cuts. Couriers are employed by subcontractor Stuart Delivery – ultimately owned by the French government – which slashed the base rate of delivery pay in December 2021 from £4.50 to £3.40 amidst the cost of living crisis read more

Campaigners join London cycling instructors in call to scrap devastating 100% cuts to cycle training (22 Mar) – Women’s cycling campaigners, local business owners, councillors, cyclists, and cycling instructors across London have signed an open letter calling for Sadiq Khan to immediately cancel proposed 100% cuts to in-person cycling training. Amidst the cost of living crisis, the proposed cuts would mean an end to cycling instructors’ main source of income. Cycling instructors also say cuts represent a major backstep in tackling the climate crisis, as well as breaking down social barriers to cycling read more

Striking Private Hire Drivers Protest Central Government and TfL over Poverty Pay, Safety, and Unfair Dismissals (21 Mar) – Today at 10am, private hire drivers from the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will go on strike and protest outside of the Houses of Parliament over poverty pay, health and safety concerns, and the lack of a fair dismissal process that has led to hundreds of drivers losing their jobs. The action, supported by private hire driver unions in Nigeria and Uruguay, is targeting central government and licensing authorities in a call for better regulation of the sector read more

Write to London Bridge Hospital: End poverty pay & poor treatment of cleaners! Use this quick tool to back the workers by writing to the London Bridge Hospital bosses at HCA Healthcare and Compass Group read more

Write to Stuart Delivery, JustEat: END THE STRIKE, PAY RISE NOW!


SIPTU (Ireland)

SIPTU rally in support of sacked P&O Ferries workers on Saturday in Dublin Port (24 Mar) – SIPTU members will demonstrate their support for the 800 P&O Ferries workers, who were sacked without notice last week, with a protest outside the transport company’s offices at Terminal 3 North Quay Extension, Dublin Port, at 12 noon on Saturday, 26th March read more


Other News

People’s Assembly COST OF LIVING CRISIS, WE CAN’T PAY – FURTHER ACTION – 2ND APRIL. Public outrage over the Cost of Living Crisis is growing fast and our response is gaining momentum. Right now is the time for us all to come together in unity and build our collective resistance. Now is the time to get out onto the streets to send a clear message to the government that we refuse to pay for their crisis details of local protests

Conference: UNDERCOVER POLICING, TRADE UNIONS AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM by Blacklist Support Group, TMG, PSOOL, COPS – Sat, 7 May 2022 10:30 – 17:30 at UNITE House, 128 Theobald’s Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN read more & register. Our conference will increase awareness of the impact of political policing on trade unions and movements for social change since 1968


Fight blacklisting and victimisation of union reps


Defend Adrian Mitchell RMT driver on London Underground

Support Tim Breed RMT

Donate to solidarity campaign of Moe Muhsin Manir Unite bus rep   Email messages of support to Moe: [email protected]

Trade union rep victimisation at Woolwich Ferry reaches ‘obscene levels’, says Unite

Unite: Ealing’s Labour council ‘actively helping’ Serco ‘hound’ union rep from civil enforcement job

St Mungos management escalate dispute by suspending Unite repsign petition: End the culture of fear at St Mungo’smodel motion

St Mungo’s: Unite will not tolerate victimisation and bullying

Sign petition: Reinstate Gary Bolister sacked GMB rep at Islington Council

Watch Reel News video: Victimised union reps: Act like it’s you and fight back

Reinstate John Boken Shropshire NEU rep – For more details and send solidarity messages, email [email protected]

Sign petition to support Redbridge NEU Rep Keiran Mahon

Watch Reel News video: Huddersfield teachers strike to defend Louise Lewis

Victimised Tesco warehouse rep Max McGee fighting for reinstatement read more. There is now a GoFundMe to support the campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/f/reinstate-max-usdaw-rep-socialist) and Max can be invited to speak at Usdaw and other union branches plus trades councils ([email protected])

QC appointed to lead the independent Unite inquiry into blacklisting (25 Mar) – Unite is delighted to announce that Nick Randall QC and John Carl Townsend have been appointed to investigate the possible collusion by union officers in blacklisting. Over the past months, evidence gathering by Thompsons solicitors has continued, with many blacklisted construction workers and other witnesses having already been interviewed. The work of the independent investigators is expected to start officially on 11 April read more

#SPYCops Inquiry exposes state surveillance of workers movement

Keep up with developments and read and watch campaigners’ statements on the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) and Undercover Policing Inquiry websites and spycops info Facebook group

Builders Crack: The Movie

In the current situation, this long lost film from the 1990s about rank and file union organising in the construction industry is intended to lift the spirits, but also to spark a debate in our movement. Hope the youngsters in this film put a smile on your face.

Watch – Share – Discuss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VZ-QMA1FMg

Blacklist Support Group

Book: http://newint.org/books/politics/blacklisted-secret-war/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNcgrNs6pB8

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/blacklistSG/

Blog: www.hazards.org/blacklistblog

Blacklist Support Group financial appeal: the Blacklist support group is desperately short of funds, to continue the incredible work we need more finance, would you please consider making a donation, raise it at your branches and trade councils. Please make cheques payable to Joint sites committee and send to 70 Darnay Rise Chelmsford Essex CM1 4XA. Please forward onto your contacts many thanks Steve Kelly (JSC Treasurer)

Blacklisted t-shirts available at: https://shop.hopenothate.org.uk/component/hikashop/product/78-blacklisted-t-shirt


International news

British delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan calls for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be charged with war crimes and for immediate investigations into the alleged use of chemical weapons read more on BFAWU website


The NSSN is continuing to report on how workers are organising during the coronavirus pandemic

The NSSN is opening up our weekly email bulletin, website and social media platforms of Facebook and twitter to provide a public forum for workers during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. We want to be a place where we can all share queries and experiences that workers are facing in their workplaces. These include reports of action taken by workers to defend themselves from their employers.

You can read about many of these actions in our weekly bulletin and out social media groups, especially our Facebook group: NSSN – defend workers’ rights under Coronavirus.

You can also send the NSSN your reports and queries via our website, twitter – @NSSN_AntiCuts and email – [email protected]

We welcome the information being sent to union members concerning the spread of coronavirus, including the Accord, Advance, AEP, AFA-CWA, ASLEF, BDA, BECTU Sector of Prospect, BFAWU, BOS-TU, College of Podiatry, Community, CSP, EIS, Equity, FBU, FDA, GMB, HCSA, MU, NAHT, NASUWT, National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD), Nautilus International, NEU, NGSU, NUJ, PFA, Prospect, RCM, SoR, TSSA, TUC, UCU, UNISON, Unite, URTU, USDAW, WGGB and the RCN

But it is absolutely vital that unions retain their ability to organise and act independently in defence of their members and workers generally. This includes the right of unions to take industrial action. We are already aware of workers being forced to take unofficial action on health and safety grounds. We also believe that unions should have oversight of any government bans on protests and picketing. This is the same Tory government that tabled more new anti-union laws in the Queens Speech in December 2019 and cannot be trusted and is now attacking the right to protest through its Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

We believe that it is essential that workers are protected during this worrying period and are not impacted, whether in terms of their safety as well as their pay and employment rights. The Tory government have announced measures that include some workers receiving 80% of their wages. This furlough scheme was due to finish but has now been extended because of the 2nd lockdown. But it’s clear that the Tories are looking to end it asap.

However, we believe that no worker should pay the price for any spread of the virus. We say: work or full pay. Any worker who is required not to attend work or is unable to do so because of COVID, childcare or transport closures should receive full pay and not be forced to take annual leave. But unions have to remain vigilant that any government payments actually happen and also covers all workers, including those in precarious employment such as zero-hour contracts and in the gig economy.

We have drafted this model motion which we’ve made into a bulletin that can be downloaded and printed off to be distributed. Feel free to use in your union and trades council, in totality or partially to highlight the issues that need to be addressed.

Keep an eye out for other Facebook and social media groups and pages that are being created. The Coronavirus Support Group for Workers has been set up on Facebook and is a useful forum and you can catch up on disputes at Strike Map UK




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