NSSN 635: Stop union-busting & blacklisting – defend the #RightToStrike

We headline this week’s NSSN bulletin with five separate campaigns against union-busting and blacklisting. Please support them.

But they are also a reminder about the Tories’ attack on union rights. Their ‘Minimum Service Levels’ bill could be just days away from becoming law, on the back of decades of anti-union legislation, going back to Thatcher.

The NSSN welcomes that the TUC has called a protest next Monday at 6pm in Parliament Square to coincide with the final Commons parliamentary debate. It must be a massive show of strength. But the TUC and the unions must go much further, with plans for a national Saturday demonstration to build for mass co-ordinated strike action.

Protest as Hackney Unison chair amongst those handed compulsory redundancies in libraries shake-up: 6pm Wednesday 17th May Hackney Town Hall – Council staff are staging a protest after several library staff, including Hackney Unison Branch Chair Brian Debus, have been handed compulsory redundancy notices. Hackney Unison have said it was “registering our disgust that three library workers including Hackney Unison Branch Chair Brian Debus are due to be made compulsorily redundant. This despite there being more than enough posts available in the restructured library service.” Read more on Hackney Citizen website

UK facing taps and pipes shortage as Warrington based GXO drivers strike over sacking of Unite rep (12 May) – HGV drivers, employed by GXO on the contract to supply City Plumbing and PTS outlets, are set to take indefinite strike action from later this month, following the sacking of a Unite rep. The drivers have voted for strike action following the dismissal of Unite representative Paul Roberts on “trumped up charges”. The drivers, who are based at GXO’s Lockheed Road depot in Warrington, will begin their continuous strike action on Monday 22 May. Given the just-in-time nature of distribution contracts, City Plumbing and PTS will swiftly run short of materials read more

Campaigners to demand NI Water intervene with their contractor Murphy International to reinstate ‘Murphy 4’ (14 May) – When: 10.30am Monday 15th May; Where: NI Water HQ, Westland Road, Belfast. Campaigners seeking the restoration of four Unite members, including a shop steward dismissed by he the Murphy group’s Irish subsidiary are to demand NI Water intervene with Murphy International, a contractor, to secure the re-employment of the workers. The protest is the latest in a campaign to reinstate the workers after their dismissal on what Unite members believe to be spurious grounds read more

Support Lee Fowler – Another blacklisted construction worker sacked after making complaints about safety on site. We’ll keep everyone informed of future protests read more about Lee’s case

Unite takes ‘Felixstowe 4’ fight to CK Hutchison AGM in Hong Kong (16 May) – Where: Harbour Grand Kowloon, 20 Tak Fung Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong; When: Thursday, 18 May 2023 at 12:00 noon (GMT+8). Unite targeting key CK investors calling for reinstatement of four unfairly sacked dockers from Felixstowe docks in England. Unite is sending campaigners to the AGM of CK Hutchison in Hong Kong (18 May) to demand the reinstatement of four unfairly sacked workers at the Port of Felixstowe. Four Unite union officials with expertise in capital strategies and investor relations will be engaging with CK shareholders and making the case of the four sacked union activists known with calls for their re-instatement read more

2023 NSSN Conference – Saturday 24th June in Conway Hall, London 11am-4.30pm –Attendance fee £6. You can register on the day at conference or email us in advance via [email protected]

Confirmed speakers so far: NIPSA General Secretary Carmel Gates, BFAWU General Secretary Sarah Woolley, POA General Secretary Steve Gillan, NAPO National Official Annoesjka Valent, GMB Officer Gary Palmer from the victorious #GMBThree

NSSN Conference letter for union branches and trades councils   Facebook event

Hundreds of thousands of workers have been on strike for the first time. Many hundreds if not thousands have become workplace reps or stewards for the first time. Our conference will bring together active rank-and-file trade unionists – both new and longstanding – from across the whole of the trade union movement, including every union that has been involved in strike action. All union members are very welcome to attend and to fully participate in the discussion.

Sign the TUC petition to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak: Protect the right to strike! Our right to strike is under attack. Rishi Sunak has just detailed his anti-union legislation and plans to introduce new laws in the coming weeks. It means that when workers democratically vote to strike, they could be forced to work and sacked if they don’t. That’s wrong, unworkable, and almost certainly illegal. These new laws are a direct attack on working people’s fundamental right to strike to defend their pay, terms and conditions

Enough is Enough launches campaign and petition to Defend the #RightToStrike – The right to strike is under threat. New legislation proposed by the Tory government intends to override a workers’ right to withdraw their labour, forcing them to work against their will. The right to strike is a fundamental democratic right. It underpins our ability to win dignity in the workplace and earn a decent standard of living. It is no accident that this right is under attack at the very moment the public is fighting back against the cost-of-living squeeze. This government is determined to force workers to pay the price for a crisis caused by the greed of the elite yet again. We won’t accept it. We, the undersigned, pledge to defend the right to strike and oppose this latest legislation #RightToStrike

Sign your workplace up to save the right to strike (supported by Strike Map, ASLEF – The UK Train Drivers’ Union, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union – BFAWU, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom, Fire Brigades Union, The Morning Star, NHS Workers Say NO, People’s Assembly and the NSSN) – The government has launched an attack on our rights. Their actions will destroy our fundamental right to strike. We want to encourage workers, union reps and branch officers to sign their workplace up to reject these changes and pledge to fight to protect our right to strike. Add your workplace name to our collective letter action and share it with every one of your co-workers. When we fight as a collective together we win!

NSSN news

2023 NSSN Conference – Saturday 24th June in Conway Hall, London 11am-4.30pm

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 Katrine on [email protected]

The NSSN is developing a campaign pack for social care, which we hope to make available in the not-too-distant future for supporters to use in their localities. As part of this, communications officer Dave Gorton is keen to hear from supporters who:

(1) work in social care (either local authority, private or independently provided)

(2) represent social care workers for a trade union

(3) are in need of social care provision themselves or act as an (unpaid/underpaid) carer for a family member

Dave can be contacted in the first instance via [email protected]

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RMT demands government acts to end rail chaos (13 May) – On the eve of further strike action, rail union RMT has called for industry summit to end rail chaos and resolve toxic rail dispute as cost of dispute to taxpayers and business reaches £1.2 billion and even rail employers warn government approach could lead to even more strikes and cancellations. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written to the Secretary of State for Transport to call for an industry summit of unions, employers and government, with an independent chair if necessary, to end chaos on the railways and resolve the toxic rail dispute read more

RMT welcomes removal of First from TPE rail contract (11 May) – RAIL union RMT has welcomed the move today to strip the Transpennine Express franchise from rail privateer First Group and bringing it into the government’s operator of last resort which is already running three other rail contracts. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was absolutely right not to renew or extend Transpennine Express’s contract which was something the union has long campaigned for read more

RMT members at train operating companies to take strike action Saturday (10 May) – RAIL union RMT has announced strike action on Saturday May 13, 2023 at 14 train operating companies to demand a fair deal for rail workers. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that while the rail companies were threatening passengers and rail workers with cuts, the companies made a fortune during the Covid-19 pandemic read more

RMT slams government plans for longer lorries (10 May) – LOGISTICS UNION RMT slammed the government over plans to permit longer lorries to travel on UK roads despite the climate emergency and the managed decline of rail. There have also been widespread warnings that the move will increase the number of fatal road accidents read more

RMT marks 21 years since Potters Bar tragedy (9 May) – Rail union RMT will mark the 21st anniversary of the Potters Bar rail disaster tomorrow. On 10 May 2002, a northbound train to Norfolk, derailed at high speed, killing seven and injuring 76 at Potters Bar station leaving part of the train wedged between the station platforms and building structures. Six of the victims were travelling in the train, while a seventh was killed by the masonry falling from a nearby bridge. The Health and Safety Executive report released in May 2003 found that the points were poorly maintained and that this was the principal cause of the accident read more

Members Update (5 May) – General Secretary Mick Lynch with a message to members involved in the National Rail Dispute read more

Jared Wood Re-Ballot video (4 May) – RMT Regional Organiser Jared Wood with a rundown of the London Underground dispute over Jobs, Pensions & Conditions read more

Vote YES to defend your job, pensions and agreements: Defending jobs, pensions & agreements – London Underground (26 Apr)


Train Drivers to take three days of strike action (27 Apr) – Train drivers at 15 companies will be taking strike action on Friday 12 May, Wednesday 31 May, and Saturday 3 June 2023 in a long-running dispute. Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Greater Anglia; GTR Great Northern Thameslink; London North Eastern Railway; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Southern/Gatwick Express; SWR depot drivers; SWR Island Line; TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Trains. 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 read more


TSSA calls for TransPennine Express to remain in public hands (10 May) – Rail union TSSA has welcomed the government’s decision to strip the failing TransPennine Express franchise of its contract and called for the service to be permanently nationalised. The move was announced earlier today by the Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, after an avalanche of complaints about poor services and cancellations going back many months. The Department for Transport said that TransPennine’s contract would not be renewed on 28 May and the service – covering Manchester and Liverpool in the North of England through to Edinburgh and Glasgow – will be run by the government itself read more

TSSA condemns “terrible decision” to replace Northern Ireland Railways ticket offices with machines (10 May) – NI Railway plans to replace ticket offices with machines. TSSA today (Wednesday) used the first day of the Balmoral Show to protest against Northern Ireland Railway’s plans to close almost all ticket offices on the railway. The union, which represents staff on the railway, wrote to all Northern Ireland MPs and MLAs yesterday to raise their concerns read more

TSSA to take further day of strike action on the Elizabeth Line (9 May) – More strike action looming on Elizabeth Line. Dozens of TSSA members working on the UK’s busiest railway, London’s Elizabeth Line will take industrial action on Wednesday, 24 May, the one year anniversary of its opening.  The action is due to an ongoing dispute over the pay of key operational staff who ensure that the trains run safely. TSSA says that many staff on the Elizabeth Line are paid tens of thousands of pounds less than colleagues performing similar roles on other parts of the Transport for London (TfL) network, including London Underground and DLR. This is the second strike on the Elizabeth Line, after TSSA members took action in the same dispute on Thursday 12 January. Action short of a strike, (essentially consisting of an overtime ban and removal of good will) will run from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June read more


Unite members vote to accept inflation-proofed 13% pay increase at MM Bangor (14 May) – Trade union hails pay deal that breaches the low-pay norm, offering hope to attract a new generation of workers to safeguard jobs and skills in Bangor area. Workers at MM Bangor voted with a 78% majority to accept one-year pay deal which will provide them with a 13% pay increase. The vote will end the workforce’s six day strike action with workers returning to work on the night shift on Sunday [14th May 2023] read more

Unite Hospitality activists launch Charter (14 May) – When: 11.30am Monday 15th May; Where: Outside the Europa Bus centre, Belfast. Ahead of the launch, Amy Ferguson, Unite Hospitality’s branch secretary, said: “Our research shows that over 90% of workers in the hospitality industry have experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Bosses need to take this issue seriously with real zero tolerance policies. This is an issue for both workers and customers – for example in recent years we have seen an alarming rise in reported incidents of spiking…” read more

Interest rates: businesses, mortgage holders, and renters pay the price (11 May) – This medicine is killing the patient. Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates for the twelfth consecutive time, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:  “Every time interest rates rise the banks make bonanza profits – now in the billions. Meanwhile businesses, mortgage holders, and renters pay the price. This medicine is killing the patient read more

Ford at Dagenham facing standstill as Lineside Logistics workers strike over pay (11 May) – Ford’s iconic engine plant at Dagenham, East London, is set to come to a standstill later this month as workers employed by Lineside Logistics, who are responsible for engine and parts distribution, take strike action over pay. The 120 plus workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, 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. An initial nine days of strike action have been announced and will take place on 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 30 and 31 May as well as 1 and 2 June read more

Unite secures recognition for Northampton DHL drivers (10 May) – Unite, the UK’s leading union, has signed a recognition deal for HGV drivers employed at DHL’s Crick DIDC2 site in Celtic Way, Kilsby, Northampton. The 45 plus drivers are employed to deliver cans produced by Ardagh to all the major and craft brewers in the UK, as well as a large number of well-known soft drink producers, including Coca Cola. The drivers approached Unite in January this year regarding a number of workplace issues and membership quickly grew, this allowed Unite to seek a voluntary recognition agreement. Following negotiations with the company a recognition agreement was signed between DHL and Unite last week read more

Government pledge to cut red tape means misery for workers (10 May) – The government’s announcement today (Wednesday 10) that it is removing the requirement for employer’s to record how many hours employees work has been branded a “boost for bad bosses” by Unite, the UK’s leading union. Under its plans employers will no longer be required to keep records to ensure that the 48 hours working time limit is being adhered to and that limits on how many hours workers can operate at night are being followed. The removal of requiring employers to record night work is especially worrying as working excessive periods at night has been linked with an increased risk of developing cancer and diabetes read more

Unite warns Scottish Government and COSLA of ‘trouble ahead’ as pay offer for local government workers gets thumbs down (10 May) – Trade union reveals 5,000 workers reject 5 per cent pay offer in consultative ballot. Unite the union is today (10 May) warning the First Minister, Humza Yousaf, and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) that there could be widespread industrial action on the horizon unless there is a significant increase to the current local government pay offer. The trade union, which spearheaded last year’s local government pay dispute, revealed that around 5,000 members emphatically rejected the current 5 per cent offer for 2023 by 84 per cent read more

Manchester facing standstill as Metrolink workers ballot for strikes over woeful pay offer (10 May) – Manchester is facing grinding to a standstill next month as workers on the city’s tram system, Metrolink, are set to begin balloting for strike action following a woeful pay offer. The 600 plus members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, are angry after Metrolink was only prepared to make a pay offer of a five per cent increase for a 15 month period, with the company trying to move the annual pay anniversary date (when pay rates are due to increase) from 1 January to 1 April. With the current real inflation rate (RPI) standing at 13.5 per cent this is a very significant real terms pay cut. The ballot opens tomorrow (Thursday 11 May) and closes on Thursday 25 May. If the workers vote for industrial action then strikes could potentially begin as early as next month, with the Manchester Parklife festival (June 10, 11) possibly being heavily affected read more

Pitiful new pay offer fails to prevent month long strike at homeless Charity St Mungo’s (10 May) – The month long strike will begin on 30 May and end on 26 June. Bosses add insult to injury by increasing their 1.75% pay offer to a “pitiful” 2.25 %. The offer was roundly rejected by a margin of 91%. A month long strike by workers at the homeless charity St Mungo’s will go ahead after workers unsurprisingly rejected a “pitiful” new pay offer averaging  just 2.25 % for a frontline worker. The charity’s pay offer has backfired. Fury amongst the workforce is growing and now new members are joining Unite in droves read more   Donate to hardship fund

Morrisons’ tanker drivers secure 24% pay increase (10 May) – Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured a highly significant pay increase for its tanker drivers employed by Fuel Transport & Logistics on the Morrisons’ North and South and southern fuel contract. The 150 strong workforce had balloted for industrial action, in a dispute over pay, but following a strong ‘yes’ vote in favour of strikes, further talks were then held with the company’s management. It was agreed that the workers would receive a 13.5 per cent increase for 2022, a 10.5 per cent increase for 2023 and a guarantee that next year all drivers’ salaries will increase to £65,000 per annum read more

1200 offshore contractors resume offshore 48-hour strike action (10 May) – Operators to be hit by latest action include BP, Enquest, Repsol, Shell and TAQA. Unite the union confirmed that around 1200 contractors will resume 48-hour strike action starting today (10 May) until Friday (12 May) in an increasingly bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions in the offshore sector (see notes to editor). The latest 48-hour strike action will hit multibillion oil and gas operators including Apache, BP, Harbour Energy, Enquest, Ithaca, Repsol, Shell and TAQA. The prospective action includes electrical, production and mechanical technicians in addition to deck crew, scaffolders, crane operators, pipefitters, platers, and riggers working for Bilfinger UK Limited, Petrofac Facilities Management, Stork Technical Services, Sparrows Offshore Services and Wood Group read more

Unite prepares strike ballots as over 400 Glasgow Airport members reject ‘poverty pay’ (9 May) – Trade union tells airport-based companies if they don’t offer a decent wage rise then strikes are inevitable. Unite the union announced today (9 May) that over 400 members based at Glasgow Airport are set to be balloted on strike action following various pay offers being rejected or in one case no formal offer being tabled. The workers are employed by five companies which are as follows: Glasgow Airport Ltd, ICTS Central Search, OCS, ABM and Falck Fire Services UK. Unite members across these companies undertake various roles including cleaning, airport security, airport fire safety, airfield operations officers, and engineering technicians. Unite confirmed it now plans to ballot the workers on strike action as part its ongoing campaign to deliver better jobs, pay and conditions at Glasgow Airport. Inflation remains historically high with RPI currently standing at 13.5 per cent read more

South East ambulance workers to strike as Unite escalates industrial action (8 May) – Picket lines in Portsmouth and Northfleet, Kent. Members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed by ambulance trusts in the South East will take strike action tomorrow (Tuesday 9 May) as the union escalates its industrial action in the dispute over pay. Unite’s members employed at both South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust will strike from 12pm until 10pm on Tuesday 9 May. Last month Unite’s members employed in the NHS in England rejected the government’s offer of a lump sum cash payment for 2022/23 and a below inflation increase of five per cent for 2023/24

Cumberland council exposed using anti-union laws to undermine lawful Allerdale refuse strike (4 May) – Unite, the UK’s leading union, has discovered that Labour-controlled Cumberland council is using new Conservative anti-trade union laws in an attempt to undermine a lawful strike. Low paid refuse workers employed by Allerdale Waste Services began strike action last week after their employer refused to increase pay rates of £10.90 an hour for loaders and £11.89 for drivers, which are amongst the lowest in the UK for refuse workers. Allerdale Waste Services is a private company that is 100 per cent owned by Labour controlled Cumberland council. Unite has learned that rather than seek a resolution to the dispute, Allerdale Waste Services has instead utilised recently introduced Conservative anti-trade union laws, which allows the employer to recruit agency workers to undermine lawful industrial strike action. Unite has further learned that the agency loaders and drivers are being paid £14 an hour, which is far in excess of the rates of pay for its permanent staff read more

Heathrow Airport strikes to go ahead as last-minute talks fail (3 May) – New Unite research has revealed that security officers at Heathrow are being paid £6,000 per year less than their counterparts at other London airports. This more than justifies the Heathrow workers’ strike action – Heathrow is the poverty pay citadel of London airports. Unite’s analysis shows that security officers at Stansted and Gatwick airports are paid between £5,000 – £6,000 more than Heathrow, while workers at the much smaller Luton airport are still paid over £500 more. Heathrow security officers receive basic pay of £26,000, which is boosted by a £4,000 shift allowance…Strikes planned to begin this Thursday (4 May) at Heathrow airport involving security officers will go ahead as planned, after last minute talks at the conciliation service, Acas, broke down. The 1,400 security officers, who are based at Heathrow’s terminal 5 and in campus security (responsible for searching all personnel and vehicles entering the Heathrow campus), will be striking on 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 May and then again on 25, 26, 27 May read more

“Appalling pay offer” provokes strike at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2 May) – Inflation is three times higher than the College’s pay offer of 4%. Strike action is set for 15-17 May, and 23-25 May during the College’s annual conference. Members of Unite employed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have set strike dates in a dispute over an “appalling pay offer”. Despite a 96% vote in favour of strike action on a 90% turnout, bosses still offered workers an appalling 4% pay increase when the rate of inflation is 13.5%. The offer was overwhelmingly rejected by Unite members by a margin of 93% read more

GSK strike wave across the UK begins in Montrose (1 May) – Multibillion corporation made an operating profit of £2.1bn in the first quarter of 2023. Workers employed by pharmaceutical giant GSK will stage a series of walkouts in a dispute over pay across the UK beginning in Montrose tomorrow (2 May). Over 160 workers who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, voted for strike action having rejected a below inflation pay offer of a six per cent pay increase, and a one-off lump sum of £1,300. Unite said the current offer represents a substantial real terms pay cut with the current inflation rate (RPI) standing at 13.5 per cent. The strike action beginning in Montrose tomorrow (2 May) until 4 May at 6am, will then spread throughout the UK during May. The strike action includes GSK’s Irvine plant where Unite members will also begin strike action on Thursday (4 May). It will then spread to Barnard Castle, Ware, Worthing and Ulverston read more

Striking Harlow council workers to march on town hall to demand fair pay (26 Apr) – More than 300 staff responsible for Harlow council’s housing stock and maintaining council grounds and buildings are to march on the town hall to demand fair pay on 27th April read more

Workington refuse strikes to intensify as last gasp talks fail (26 Apr) – Refuse collection strikes affecting Workington and the surrounding area will begin tomorrow (27 April) after last gasp peace talks failed following an offer for which there is no justification at all. The 60 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, involved in the dispute are employed by Allerdale Waste Services. The dispute is a result of the poverty pay rates the workers receive. Loaders are paid £10.90 an hour, which is barely above the minimum wage, while drivers, who must hold an HGV licence, are only paid £11.89 an hour. The pay rates are among the lowest paid to refuse workers throughout the UK. Last gasp peace talks were held on Monday but they collapsed when management refused to increase pay rates and instead only offered two extra days of annual leave read more

Ferrari and Rolls Royce facing production delays during Gloucestershire and Somerset pay strikes (24 Apr) – Trelleborg workers in Tewkesbury and Bridgewater strike over ‘pay cut’ while firm brings in huge profits. 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. Meanwhile, Trelleborg Seal Solutions’ latest financial report shows a turnover of £96.6 million and gross profits of £28.8 million…The first round of strikes will take place from 2 to 5 May, with industrial action set to intensify if the dispute is not resolved read more

Construction contractors to strike at DSM’s Dalry plant (17 Apr) – 3 week-long strike set to begin over bonus dispute involving Kaefer and Altrad. Unite the union members are set to begin a three-week long strike tomorrow (18 April) at DSM’s Dalry plant. The dispute is over the failure by Kaefer Limited and Altrad Babcock Limited to pay a local bonus to engineering construction workers who operate under the National Agreement for Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) across the UK. The workers are demanding a local bonus under the terms of the NAECI agreement in recognition of flexibility and work being undertaken to assist with the delivery of a new manufacturing plant. Kaefer and Altrad along with DSM, who own the manufacturing plant, have refused to enter negotiations over bonus payments. DSM’s parent group – Royal DSM N.V. Group – recently recorded a net profit of €1.7bn (£1.5bn) for 2022. The strike action begins from 18 April and continues each day up to 8 May 2023 when the action will conclude at 23:59pm read more

Saica paper workers in Manchester to strike in pay dispute (12 Apr) – Workers employed at Saica Paper UK Ltd in Manchester are to begin industrial action this month in a dispute over pay. The 40 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, are employed in production roles at the Manchester Road factory. The company produces 100 per cent recycled paper for corrugated cardboard. The workers recorded a 97 per cent vote in favour of strike action, having rejected a below inflation pay offer. They were offered a 9.5 per cent pay increase which is in itself a real terms pay cut with the inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 13.8 per cent. To make matters worse workers on average only received 6.5 per cent of the offer as a consolidated increase (permanent pay) with the rest being a one off lump sum payment…An initial series of six 12 and 24 hour strikes have been called for 21, 25 and 29 April, followed by 1, 5, 8 May read more

Rosyth dockyard workers to strike for 12 weeks threatening Type 31 Frigate contract (7 Apr) – 100 Kaefer contractors to down tools in pay dispute. Unite the union confirmed today (7 April) that around 100 members employed by construction contractor Kaefer Limited are set to take 12 weeks all-out strike action at the Rosyth dockyard. The Kaefer workers, which includes painters, cleaners, scaffolders and support service staff, are set to take the strike action from 17 April up to 10 July. Unite claims the strike action will directly threaten progress on the Type 31 frigates contract. Unite members emphatically supported strike action by 98.4 per cent over the failure by Kaefer to make a formal pay offer. The company following the strike vote made a 7.2 per cent pay offer which has been rejected by the workforce. Inflation currently stands at a forty-five year high of 13.8 per cent (RPI) read more

Newry Mourne and Down council services to be heavily impacted by industrial action from April 10th (6 Apr) – Members of GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU commence work-to-rule from Monday 10th April, to be joined by Unite from 12th April. Industrial action by members of all four trade unions at council proceeds after management renege on commitment to partnership-based job evaluation process. Trade unions at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council confirmed that industrial action is to commence at the local authority body. The action is set to commence with a work-to-rule by members of GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU on Monday April 10th with members of Unite the union joining the action from April 12th. The unions have warned that the industrial action, although confined to a ‘work-to-rule’ at this stage, is likely to result in significant impact to council services including those at leisure centres and with bin collections. The industrial dispute proceeds after members of all four unions voted for both strike action and action short of strike action in ballots. The dispute centres on attempts by management to ditch an earlier commitment reached in 2021 to a partnership-based approach for job evaluations. Management are also seeking to remove allowances for new staff members – creating a two-tier workforce. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is one of the last councils to meaningful engage with trade unions in the RPA process – despite the new councils coming into being 8 years ago. The work-to-rule will see workers refuse to take on overtime, tasks outside their job description, providing absentee cover or using their own vehicles for work purposes read more

Strike by over 300 Dundee City Council trades workers goes ahead (3 Apr) – Dispute over outsourcing and management failures. Unite the union can confirm today (3 April) that strike action by over 300 trades workers at Dundee City Council will go ahead tomorrow. 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 (see notes to editor). The dispute is centred on claims that public contracts to private contractors are being prepared for outsourcing by Dundee City Council read more

Unite blasts disgraceful Kingspan strikebreaking in effort to avoid fair pay (22 Mar) – Union escalates to round-the-clock pickets at Portadown site to defeat company greed. English workers get four star treatment while Polish workers left with hostels. Unite the union can reveal that Ulster Rugby sponsor Kingspan is flying in strikebreakers in a `disgraceful’ effort to undermine workers taking strike action for fair pay. Workers from Kingspan sites in Williton in Somerset, England and Rokietnica in Poland have been flown over in recent weeks and are now being used in an attempt to continue production onsite read more


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Honest face-to-face debate at York & Birmingham Royal Mail rep briefings (12 May) – Discussion shifted from social platforms to concrete reality this week, as CWU unit reps from across Northern England, Wales, the Midlands, South West & South Central got to grips with the details of Business Recovery, Transformation & Growth. York’s Barbican and Birmingham’s NEC hosted the first two of what will be a series of five meetings, where workplace representatives from every part of the UK will get the opportunity to directly ask questions, voice theirs and their members’ concerns and express all points of view in the lead-up to the nationwide consultative ballot on the new national agreement, which will run from 25th May until 14th June read more

MP urges Post Office chief to ‘resign or be sacked’ over executive bonus payments linked to Horizon Inquiry (11 May) – CWU acting DGSP Andy Furey says members back demand of North Durham MP Kevan Jones amid allegations of wilful misleading of Parliament and the announcement of a Select Committee Public Scrutiny Session read more

Strong vote ‘YES’ recommendation as Virgin Media O2 pay deal goes out to ballot (10 May) – Members across Virgin Media O2 are being urged to accept a CWU-brokered pay deal which delivers fully consolidated rises for all CWU represented grade employees in excess of 7, 8 or 9% this year – plus a cash lump sum of £400 to be paid in June. The company’s final offer – finalised last week following management’s agreement to pay an additional 0.5% consolidated award to individuals for whom no automatic pay progression arrangements are in place – is now subject to a consultative e-ballot which will commence tomorrow (Thursday May 11) read more

Thirst for CWU representation as recruitment begins at GXO’s Midway Distribution Centre (10 May) – Recruitment has got off to a rip-roaring start at GXO’s Midway Distribution Centre in Milton Keynes­ – with no fewer than 30 new members joining the union at the CWU’s first ever visit to the site read more


You can show your support to the strikes by PCS members by:

  • Making donations to the PCS Fighting Fund Levy account, sort code: 60-83-01, account no. 20331490
  • Sending solidarity messages to [email protected]
  • Signing our petition to tell prime minister Rishi Sunak to intervene and hold meaningful talks to end the strikes.
  • Support us on social media with the hashtags: #PCSonStrike #BlameTheGovt
  • New E-action in support of PCS national pay and pensions campaign – The E-action calls on MPs to support our demands over pay, pensions, redundancy terms and job security read more

PCS strike reballot results: Massive yes vote for strikes (10 May) – PCS members in the civil service and related areas have again voted in remarkable numbers for industrial action. We have achieved a fantastic result with an overall 88% ‘Yes’ vote for industrial action on an overall 52% turnout. The legal threshold for action has been exceeded in 106 employer areas; sustained, targeted strike action can now be taken by PCS members in any or all of these areas. We can continue to call a mixture of sustained action in targeted areas and all-member strike action as part of our continuing campaign. Both forms of action may include members in HMRC who already have a mandate for action read more

Ballot result briefing for DWP members (12 May) – The ballot results for strike action as part of PCS National Campaign were announced on 10 May. The vast majority of employer groups within PCS were successful in meeting the 50% threshold of members participating to meet the government’s anti-trade union legislation which requires a 50% turnout in order for the union to legally take strike action. Members in the DWP showed beyond a doubt with an 88% vote for strike action that they are not prepared to put up with below inflation pay rises, attacks on their pension schemes, redundancy terms and job insecurity. Unfortunately, in DWP we fell 1.35% short of meeting the government’s threshold despite strength of feeling so clearly demonstrated by those voting for strike action. This means for now we are unable to continue strike action in DWP read more

Support PCS HMRC picket lines next week (12 May) – PCS members working in Personal Taxation Operations on Employer Service in East Kilbride and Benton Park View continue their targeted action next week and you can show your support at their picket lines. Their action began this week and they are also striking from 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 May and on 1 and 2 June. The members will be holding picket lines at the workplaces next week. If you are in either area, please go along to show your support at the rally and at the picket lines read more

HMRC strike action hitting services (12 May) – Calls to the HMRC employer helpline are being severely disrupted by strike action by PCS members working in personal taxation operations on employer services in Newcastle and East Kilbride read more

PCS wins pay award for air traffic control staff in Gibraltar (11 May) – The improved deal comes part-way through a ballot of members to take industrial action at the airport. PCS members at Gibraltar airport have voted to accept a pay offer which ends our dispute with NATS Gibraltar and provides members with a pay deal which protects their wages and terms and conditions against unprecedented levels of inflation. The pay deal will see an RPI match by the end of 2025 backdated to 2022 and a lump sum payment of £5500 read more

Find out about our picket lines in May (2 May) – Our programme of targeted strike action continues in May in the Care Quality Commission, DWP, Passport Office and HMRC. Go along and show your support. Members working in the Passport Offices in Belfast, Durham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport, Peterborough and Southport are continuing their strike action until 6 May and passport interview officers in Birmingham, Corby, Hemel Hempstead, Leeds, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Plymouth will walk out from May 3-6. DWP members at 13 jobcentres in Liverpool and Glasgow will strike from 3-6 May and the Care Quality Commission are on strike for two days on 2 and 3 May. HMRC members working in East Kilbride and Benton Park View in Personal Taxation Operations on Employer Service will walk out on a series of dates starting from 10 May read more

Care Quality Commission workers to strike (28 Apr) – PCS members working for health regulator Care Quality Commission are striking for 2 days next week. The 90 staff in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham regulate health and social care bodies across England, including hospitals, care homes, GP practices and dental surgeries, ensuring the safe delivery of services. They will take action on 2 and 3 May and will be joined by colleagues in UNISON and Unite on 2 May, bringing the total of strikers to more than 1,000. The PCS strike is part of the union’s national campaign for better pay, pensions and redundancy terms and job security read more

HMRC targeted strike dates announced (27 Apr) – In an escalation of our ongoing targeted strike action we are asking all PCS members working in Personal Taxation Operations on Employer Service in East Kilbride and Benton Park View to strike from 10-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-31 May and on 1 and 2 June read more

Action short of strike to begin at 4 employers (24 Mar) – More than 3,000 PCS members in Defra core, Forestry Commission England, Marine Management Organisation and Rural Payments Agency will take action short of strike action from 11 April as part of our national campaign on pay, pensions and job security read more


Deeply worrying that the government is seeking to water down employment law (10 May) – Prospect union have responded to the announcement by Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, of proposed changes to employment law read more

Prospect members across the Civil Service striking today (10 May) – Members of Prospect union working in the Civil Service are taking a second day of strike action today (10 May) in a dispute over pay, job losses and redundancy terms. This follows a previous strike on 15 March. In addition to the strike action, workers have been taking action short of a strike continuously since 16 March, including working to rule and an overtime ban. This is the largest industrial action Prospect has taken in more than a decade read more

Soulbury pay talks: unions meet to consider options for breaking deadlock (9 May) – The trade unions representing education professionals covered by the Soulbury agreement, including Prospect, will meet this month to consider their options to get the employers’ side to re-engage with meaningful pay talks, or accept that the deal may be imposed upon them. In November 2022, in response to the unions’ pay claim of at least 9% on all pay points, the employers’ side had offered an increase of just £1,925 and 4.04% on allowances read more

Further public sector strikes announced in Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales (17 Apr) – Prospect union has notified both the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales that it will be taking further strike action on 11 May and 7 June read more

Prospect union members vote for further industrial action at the Environment Agency (4 May) – A ballot of Prospect members in the Environment Agency has renewed the industrial action mandate for a further six months. Staff are taking ongoing action short of a strike and will join Prospect members from other Civil Service employers in taking strike action on Wednesday 10 May read more

Further public sector strikes announced as Government refuses to negotiate with its own staff (14 Apr) – Prospect union has notified employers that it will be taking further strike action on 10 May and 7 June across its public service membership. This follows the refusal of the government to enter negotiations to resolve the current pay and conditions dispute, having instead announced a pay control of 4.5% which will further erode living standards read more


Two more Amazon strike ballots begin (12 May) – Amazon faces new strikes at two more warehouses as GMB launches two new strike ballots today [Friday 12 May]. Union members will now vote on full and binding industrial action ballot at Amazon’s Mansfield and Rugeley fulfilment centres. The new strikes ballots follow 14 days of strike action at the retail giant’s Coventry depot, which saw as many as 700 workers down tools in the UK’s first strike at an Amazon fulfilment centre. The ballots at Rugeley and Mansfield will begin today and run for four weeks until 9 June. As many as 150 workers are expected to be asked to vote in the ballot read more

Amazon Coventry workers make formal recognitions bid to CAC (11 May) – GMB union has today submitted a bid for formal recognition at Amazon Coventry to the Central Arbitration Committee. The CAC – the Government body responsible for regulating collective bargaining between workers and employers – will now step in after a ten day opportunity for Amazon to resolve recognition voluntarily ended. With more than 700 GMB members now at the Coventry fulfilment centre, it’s thought the legal threshold for mandatory recognition – 51 per cent of the workforce – has now been passed. However, workers in the warehouse report bosses have threatened to flood the site with up to 1,000 new staff in a bid to escape their obligations to recognise the union. The bid will now be considered by the Central Arbitration Committee and would, if successful, be the first-time workers at a UK Amazon site have won recognition of a trade union read more

GMB UNION dispute against ISS in South London & Maudsley NHS continues – Picket lines start at 6am on May 17 up to & including Sat 20th

Maudsley hospital, Bethlem Royal, Lambeth hospital-earmarked for closure

Ladywell unit – Lewisham hospital. Please show your solidarity & support for these hardworking but mistreated NHS staff.. the bulk of who are migrants, outsourced and forgotten read more

GMB members strike at Prendergast School in Lewisham. Our members are standing up for themselves and their students, saying NO to academy status read more on GMB Southern Facebook page

Hartlepool metal company sacks workers after staff win pay rise (3 Apr) – A Hartlepool metal company is slashing jobs just weeks after workers won a pay rise. Just 51 days after GMB members resolved their pay dispute, the Expanded Metal Company has announced up to ten redundancies at Hartlepool. Workers were handed redundancy letters last week advising them that they are at risk of redundancy and inviting them to a meeting. Management appears to be trying to push through the redundancies within a week of first issuing redundancy notices. Despite citing a downturn in work as the reason for the redundancies, the company are advertising the role of a Finance Controller/Financial Director Designate role for 70K read more

Strike disruption looms at healthcare logistics giant Movianto (28 Mar) – GMB Union has today announced two dates of industrial action by drivers at Movianto in Coventry. The strike comes after a below inflation pay offer was made by company management at its West Midlands HQ. Movianto is a major healthcare logistics provider to private clients and the NHS. Drivers at the company are responsible for transporting essential and often lifesaving medicines, including individual prescriptions and NHS medical supplies.

The strike action is due to take place on Thursday 6 and Tuesday 11 April read more


Donate to support striking workers – As UNISON members continue to take strike action, the union is asking for donations to its strike fund

The government must intervene on Environment Agency pay to prevent permanent damage (14 Apr) – Third block of strike action begins today. Staff at the Environment Agency will today (Friday) begin a third block of strike action in the ongoing dispute over their “woeful” pay rise, says UNISON. Workers providing crucial services to ensure communities are kept safe, pollution-free and protected will walk out over the space of four days spanning this weekend. It marks a significant escalation of the industrial action that began late last year to win a wage rise that would enable the Agency workforce to better weather the ongoing financial storm, says UNISON. Staff have had a terrible deal, which amounts to one of the worst wage rises paid to public sector workers, says UNISON. It follows year after year where pay at the Agency has consistently trailed the cost of living. The union has written to chancellor Jeremy Hunt this week urging him to intervene in the dispute and free up more money so the Agency can pay its employees fairly read more

Sign petition: Stop the closure of the Peak District National Park visitor centres! – The Peak District National Park Authority are considering closing all four of its visitor centres, making the staff redundant. Councillors will be asked to endorse the chief executive’s ill-thought out ‘money-saving plan’ which will not only affect staff but could very much harm the local economy. The visitor centres are not just shops. They are a key contributor to visitors being able to experience a safe and enjoyable time in the Peak District. This is especially the case with first-time or infrequent visitors. Far from being underused, the centres deal with around 400,000 visitors a year. Unless there is a public outcry, we will lose these centres from our national park, at a time when other national parks have rejected such ideas. Decisions will be taken from as early as May. Help Derbyshire UNISON stop them!

South Gloucestershire social workers strike over pay (4 Apr) – Staff say “market forces” supplement should be applied across the board. Social workers and occupational therapists working for South Gloucestershire Council are to strike from today (Tuesday), says UNISON. Staff will walk out for three days from today until Thursday (4 to 6 April) after voting overwhelmingly* for industrial action in a dispute over pay. UNISON has been in dispute with the local authority since last summer. This is over its decision to award staff in children’s services an additional temporary £3,000 payment on top of their basic annual salary, but not those doing the same job in adult services read more


26 April Strike update (10 May) – NICS Pay NICS Strike: Thank you all for making 26 April our most successful strike day ever. NIPSA had almost 100 picket lines and we had more members picketing than ever before. It was particularly encouraging to see so many young activists turn out on picket lines. We also had two very successful rallies and all areas reported a very supportive response from the public read more

Joint GMB-NIPSA-SIPTU-Unite Press Release (6 Apr) – Newry Mourne and Down council services to be heavily impacted by industrial action from April 10 Members of GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU commence work-to-rule from Monday 10th April, to be joined by Unite from 12 April Industrial action by members of all four trade unions at council proceeds after management renege on commitment to partnership-based job evaluation process Trade unions at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council confirmed that industrial action is to commence at the local authority body. The action is set to commence with a work-to-rule by members of GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU on Monday April 10 with members of Unite the union joining the action from April 12. The unions have warned that the industrial action, although confined to a ‘work-to-rule’ at this stage, is likely to result in significant impact to council services including those at leisure centres and with bin collections. The industrial dispute proceeds after members of all four unions voted for both strike action and action short of strike action in ballots read more

Royal College of Nursing

RCN Wales announces further strike action after members reject latest NHS pay offer in Wales (10 May) – RCN Wales has written to the Minister for Health & Social Services, Eluned Morgan, seeking to urgently re-enter negotiations. Strike dates confirmed after RCN Wales members reject NHS pay offer. The results of the consultative ballot, which took place between 24 April and 10 May are: 46.79% accept, 53.21% % reject. The vote comes after members forced the Welsh government to re-open negotiations earlier this year, resulting in an improved pay offer for 2022/23 and a new pay offer for 2023/24. The RCN has called for the Welsh government to urgently return to the negotiating table and, unless a resolution is found, will take strike action on 6 and 7 June and 12 and 13 July. Strike action will run for the duration of the day shift on each day and derogations will be tighter than those in place during strike action in December 2022. All members employed where there is a mandate to strike will be called on to take strike action on these days read more

England strike ballot to open on Tuesday 23 May (9 May) – Those working for the NHS in England must make sure their RCN member record is correct by midnight on Sunday 14 May in order that they receive a ballot paper and are able to vote. RCN Council is recommending eligible members vote ‘yes’ to strike action read more

Members employed by the Care Quality Commission begin industrial action (17 Apr) – They’ll work to rule continuously until our mandate to take industrial action expires in September or a new formal pay offer is made read more

RCN opens donations to strike fund in response to public desire to support striking staff – We’ve launched a donation page for people to financially help nursing staff on strike read more

Royal College of Midwives

Midwives begin voting on latest Welsh Government pay offer (28 Apr) – Midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) across Wales begin voting on the Welsh Government’s pay offer today. This comes as the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) pay consultation for its members working in the NHS in Wales opens, closing on 15 May. The RCM is recommending that is members accept the offer saying that this is a good deal and the best offer that can be achieved read more

RCM pauses Northern Ireland strike action as pay talks scheduled (31 Mar) – Strike action set for Monday, 3 April by Royal College of Midwives (RCM) members across Northern Ireland has been paused. This follows an offer from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to meet the RCM and other unions next week to discuss HSC pay. The RCM will also be suspending action short of a strike planned for 3-10 April read more


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BMA Scotland: Junior doctors vote for strike action (5 May) – Junior doctors in Scotland have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over pay following a five week ballot of BMA Scotland members. With more than 5000 junior doctors in Scotland eligible to vote, turnout was in excess of 71% – with a total of 3610 votes cast, and almost 97% in favour of strike action. While negotiations with the Scottish Government over pay are ongoing BMA Scotland will use this clear mandate for strike action to push forward in our ongoing efforts to reverse the unacceptable pay erosion junior doctors in Scotland have suffered for more than a decade. Should the Scottish Government not put forward a credible offer that the BMA believes could be put to members, junior doctors in Scotland would then begin preparations for a 72-hour walkout at dates to be confirmed in due course read more

Juniors in England prepare to re-ballot read more

BMA meets with Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (2 May) – Following a meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, today, a BMA spokesperson said: “BMA Junior Doctors Committee negotiators welcomed a discussion this afternoon with Government negotiators, in preparation for talks aimed at resolving the current junior doctors dispute. There is significant work to do, and both parties will meet again in the coming days. We are seeking urgent progress.” Read more

GPs plan industrial action if contract not revised (27 Apr) – Threat to patient safety must be removed if doctors to avoid dispute read more


Result of Strike Ballot of Junior Doctors in Scotland (5 May) – Numbers voting YES   38        95.00% of valid vote; Number voting NO        2         5.00% of valid vote read more


NEU re-ballot (15 May) – NEU re-ballots members in continuance of dispute with Government for a fully funded teacher pay increase. Today (Monday) the National Education Union is commencing a new national ballot of teacher members in England. The dispute between Government and the National Education Union for a fully funded pay increase which stops the decline in teacher recruitment and retention remains unresolved. Therefore, the union is re-balloting teacher members working in England’s state-funded schools. Re-balloting of our members is necessary as the current ballot is only effective as a mandate for strike action during a six-month period. The legitimacy of the current ballot ends on 13 July 2023. This second ballot, opening today and closing on 28 July 2023 read more

OSR adjudicates on Gillian Keegan funding claims (10 May) – DfE failed to provide the adequate information on funding to school leaders. The Office for Statistics Regulation has replied to a letter from the National Education Union about Government claims on school funding and the evidence they presented for their claims. As a result, the Department for Education has had to accept that it failed to provide the adequate information in its evidence document to school leaders on 28 March read more

Unions to co-ordinate action (28 Apr) – Education unions to announce they will co-ordinate industrial action going forward – ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU. In a joint press conference taking place today (Fri 28 Apr) at school leaders’ union NAHT’s Annual Conference in Telford, the general secretaries of all four education unions will announce that they intend to co-ordinate their unions’ industrial action moving forward read more


Teachers call on Scottish Government to outlaw ‘fire and rehire’ (12 May) – ‘Fire and rehire’ practices, such as those currently being attempted against teachers at a school in Glasgow, should be outlawed, members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, have argued today. Fire and rehire tactics, which have swept across the independent school sector in England are now creeping north of the border, NASUWT members at the Union’s Scotland Annual Conference in Aberdeen have warned. Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow, the former school of First Minister Humza Yousaf, has sought to force staff to sign contracts removing them from the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme and forcing them into an inferior pensions scheme. If they did not agree staff were told they would be sacked. The NASUWT is concerned that without intervention from ministers this case could herald further attempts by other schools in the independent sector in Scotland to seek to undermine teachers’ basic terms and conditions read more

Teachers at Hutchesons’ Grammar to go on strike over ‘fire and rehire’ (5 May) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow are to take four days of strike action, starting on Tuesday 30th May, over attempts by employers to ‘fire and rehire’ them. Employers at the school, where First Minister Humza Yousaf was a pupil, have sought to impose an inferior pension scheme on teachers and threatened teachers with the sack if they did not agree to the changes. The proposed defined contribution scheme which has been offered to teachers provides no guarantee of the level of income teachers would receive in retirement or any index-linked rises to their pension pots. Members were given notice of termination of their contracts at the end of March and offers of re-engagement on condition of accepting the downgrading of their pensions. Teachers who attempted to sign new contracts of re-employment stating they only agreed because they were under duress, were then told if they didn’t sign “clean” copies of the contract they would be sacked and their jobs would be advertised. The NASUWT balloted members at the school for industrial action, with 87% in favour of taking both strike action and action short of strike action read more

Teachers strike over variation of contracts through fire and rehire (2 May) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Farlington School in West Sussex are taking strike action today and tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd May and Wednsday 3rd May) as part of eight days of strike action throughout May over threats to sack staff unless they sign contracts that will leave them with deteriorating working conditions read more

Teachers at Durham High School take action over bullying (26 Apr) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Durham High School for Girls will be taking the first of three planned days of strike action tomorrow (Thursday) over bullying and intimidation by school management. Members have been subject to a long-standing culture of adverse management practices and treatment which has undermined their wellbeing, health and safety in the workplace read more

NASUWT members reject the Government’s pay offer (8 Apr) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union have emphatically rejected the Government’s pay offer for teachers in England, it was announced today. 87% of eligible members agreed that the Union should reject the Government’s pay proposals. The Union’s consultative survey also asked members whether they were willing to vote for strike action to achieve a fair pay award. 77% of members said they would do so. Following the results of the survey the NASUWT National Executive met to confirm that the Union will ballot members in schools and sixth form colleges in England for industrial action read more

Industrial action at three Wrexham schools over adverse management practices (15 Mar) – Members of NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union are this week starting discontinuous strike action at three schools in Wrexham: Ysgol Clywedog, Darland High and Acton Park Primary School, over adverse management practices affecting workload and working conditions. The NASUWT has been in dispute at Acton Park for nearly a year, with strike action taking place in July 2022. However, lack of progress has forced NASUWT members to ballot again. The NASUWT has been in dispute with Ysgol Clywedog and Darland High since November 2022 over the failure of the school to adhere to Welsh Government and​local policies, endorsed and recommended by the Wrexham Local Authority and already implemented in other Wrexham schools. At Clywedog and Darland there has also been an element of victimisation of trade union officials read more


Union boss accuses government of ‘selling young people down the river’ as NAHT prepares to ballot school leaders to strike (28 Apr) – NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman calls for the government to ‘come back to the table’ to negotiate following the rejection of its pay offer, as the school leaders’ union announces a fresh ballot of its members for strike action read more

NAHT to ballot school leaders in England for strike action (28 Apr) – School leaders’ union NAHT today (Fri 28 Apr) announces that it will formally ballot its members on industrial action over pay, funding, workload and wellbeing. At a meeting of the union’s National Executive Committee yesterday, held at its Annual Conference in Telford, NAHT’s NEC decided to hold a formal postal ballot of all its eligible members in England read more

NAHT Cymru members reject Welsh government offer (24 Mar) – School leaders in Wales have rejected an offer from the Welsh government in their dispute over pay, workload and funding. Following a 10-day online ballot that closed at noon today, 54.5% of NAHT Cymru members taking part voted to reject the offer. The union says that during extensive talks with members across the nation, it was clear that funding arrangements remained a major concern for school leaders. NAHT Cymru director Laura Doel placed the blame firmly with the employers, citing a lack of transparency as the reason members rejected the deal read more


EIS-FELA Executive Condemns College Sector (11 May) – The Executive Committee of the EIS-Further Education Lecturers Association (EIS-FELA) has condemned the lack of fair working practices across Scotland’s public college sector. With colleges in growing number across Scotland threatening compulsory redundancies and significant concerns regarding the lack of proper consultation in these processes, the EIS-FELA Executive can no longer accept claims by college employers that they are genuinely signed up to the Scottish Government’s Fair Work agenda. Local industrial action will be undertaken in Scotland’s two largest colleges, City of Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, with the former seeking to cut up to 100 jobs and the latter seeking to make 6 individuals compulsory redundant. In both cases, significant concerns regarding the lack of effective and meaningful consultation have been raised by the EIS-FELA branches. National industrial action short of strike (ASOS), over pay, began in Scotland’s 26 Further Education colleges on Monday 2nd May… read more

College Lecturers Begin Industrial Action In Pursuit Of Fair Pay (2 May) – College lecturers, in all of Scotland’s 26 Further Education colleges, have begun a campaign of industrial action in pursuit of a fair pay award. Members of the EIS-FELA will engage in action short of strike (ASOS) consisting of a resulting boycott and work to rule. In the case of the resulting boycott, although student assessments will be marked, these marks will not be entered into college recording systems. The work to rule aspect of ASOS will mean that college lecturers no longer carry out duties beyond what is stated in their contract, including hours of work. If the action short of strike fails to produce a fair pay award, the EIS-FELA will consider escalating industrial action to include strike action to coincide with the new academic year in August read more

Teachers at Hutchesons’ Grammar School vote for Strike Action over Planned Pension Cuts (4 May) – Teachers at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, an independent school in Glasgow, have voted strongly in favour of taking strike action over the school’s plans to enforce damaging contractual changes to teachers’ pension entitlements. A statutory industrial action ballot, which closed today, returned a result of 78% of teachers at the school supporting strike action, on a turnout of 86%. The EIS, the country’s largest teaching union is set to call its at Hutchesons’ out on strike in the near future read more


Industrial Action: Phase 4 from 8am Monday 3 April (9 May) – From 3 April 2023, INTO members were instructed to undertake additional, continuous Phase Four action. A reminder of the full details can be found in the documents below:

PHASE 4: Action Short of Strike from 3 April 2023 (pdf)

PHASE 4: Appendix 1: Expansion of Action Point 28 – Leadership Members – Non-provision of Data (pdf) read more


Staff at Manchester College and UCEN Manchester to begin strike action next week in row over low pay (12 May) – Staff at Manchester College and UCEN Manchester will take 12 days of strike action starting on Monday 15 May, UCU announced today. The strike comes after 94% of members who voted said backed industrial action in a ballot with a 59% turnout. This will be the fifth time that staff have been forced to take industrial action this year. An offer of 2.7% (the lowest for colleges in the North-West) was rejected by members against a backdrop of a cost of living crisis and inflation above 13% read more

Brighton University staff vow to strike in defence of over 100 jobs (10 May) – Staff at the University of Brighton have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action at an emergency UCU branch meeting last Friday. The meeting was called after the university announced plans to make up to 97 academic posts and a number of professional services staff redundant. UCU said the cuts could see well over 100 staff lose their jobs. The university claims it is cutting staff because it needs to make £17.9m in savings. The cuts would mean a huge reduction in lecturers in subjects including art, media, education, architecture, engineering, humanities and sport science. Yet Brighton already has one of the worst student to staff ratios in the UK and has spent over £50m on building projects in the last two years. Unless the university halts it could be hit with a strike ballot before the end of the month read more

Barnet & Southgate College strikes set to hit GCSE, BTEC & A-level exams (10 May) – Staff at Barnet and Southgate College will strike for three days from Friday 19 May in a long-running pay dispute. The strike dates will impact crucial GCSE, BTEC and A-level exams, including English and Maths. The full strike dates are: Friday 19 May, Monday 5 June, Wednesday 7 June. UCU said there is still time to call the strikes off and stop disruption to exams if the college makes a realistic pay offer. The strike comes after an overwhelming 96% of staff who voted backed taking action in a ballot to extend the union’s industrial mandate. UCU members have already downed tools for three days in the long-running dispute after college bosses imposed pay awards of just 1% for 2021/22 and 1% for 2020/21. The college has now imposed a further pay award of just 2.5% for 2022/23 read more

Strike ballot opens at Barnsley College over ‘unacceptable’ 2% pay offer (5 May) – A ballot for strike action opened today at Barnsley College over a consolidated pay offer for 2022/23 of just 2%. The ballot will run until Monday 12 June and if successful will pave the way for strike action during key admissions dates unless management comes back with a better offer. The industrial ballot comes after 97% of members who voted said they would back strike action in a consultative poll with a 70% turnout read more

Four days of strikes at Kirklees College over ‘derisory’ 1% pay award (5 May) – Staff at Kirklees College in Huddersfield and Dewsbury begin four days of strike action next week over a ‘derisory’ pay award of just 1%, UCU announced today. Staff will be on strike on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May and will be picketing main entrances from 8am. Strikes are also set to go ahead on Monday 5 and Wednesday 7 June unless the college makes an improved offer. The strike follows an overwhelming 94% of UCU members who voted backing strike action, on a turnout of 54% read more

City College Norwich staff on strike today in low pay dispute (5 May) – Staff at City College Norwich are on picket lines this morning in a strike over low pay, confirmed the University and College Union (UCU) today (Friday). They will also be on strike on Tuesday and are demanding that management urgently raise pay to meet the cost of living crisis. Staff have already taken two days of strike action this year after the college imposed a pay award so low it ended the college’s accreditation as a Real Living Wage employer. The lowest paid received an increase of just 5.1%, college lecturers were awarded a paltry 4% and other staff only 2.5%. Since 2009 pay for college staff has fallen behind inflation by 35%, which is now 13.4%. UCU is demanding a 14% pay rise to help staff meet the cost-of-living crisis read more

Bradford College staff to strike tomorrow over low pay (3 May) – Staff at Bradford College will strike tomorrow in a dispute over low pay and working conditions. Staff will be on picket lines outside college entrances from 7am, UCU confirmed. The strike will be the first of 14 days of action unless staff get an improved pay offer and movement from management on unmanageable workloads read more

More strikes at Darlington College after staff reject ‘offensive’ 3% pay offer (27 Apr) – Staff at Darlington College will strike for two consecutive days on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May after rejecting a lowball 3% pay offer. The union said there is still time for the strike to be halted, but that the college must make staff a realistic offer that helps them meet the cost-of-living crisis. Staff have already been on strike for three days so far this academic year after the college imposed a pay award of just 1% for 21/22 and UCU is reballoting its members so it can call further action read more

Further strike action this week at Havant and South Downs College in row over low pay (24 Apr) – Staff at Havant and South Downs College (HSDC) will strike tomorrow and Thursday in an ongoing dispute over low pay amid the cost-of-living crisis. Staff will be picketing main entrances to the college each strike day. The college’s pay award is worth just 3% for most college lecturers, who earn £30k – £40k. It also made a one off payment, which was only £400 for most staff. Inflation is 13.5% meaning staff are suffering a huge real terms pay cut. The National Education Union (NEU) will be joining UCU on both days of strike action, following strikes at the college in February of this year read more

Marking and assessment boycott to hit 145 UK universities from tomorrow, UCU confirms (19 Apr) – 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. Earlier this week, UCU members working in UK higher education voted to reject pay & conditions proposals agreed with employers. A marking and assessment boycott will cover all marking and assessment, including that in writing, online, or verbally. The boycott will also cover any assessment-related work such as exam invigilation and the administrative processing of marks. This is expected to impact graduations. A number of university employers have already announced that they will make wage deductions of up to 100% for staff taking part in the boycott, despite staff continuing to teach, lecture and support students as normal. The union has condemned the threats and said further strike action could be called in response. 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. In the pensions dispute, the union will now move forward proposals with employers to restore benefits after 85% of UCU members voted in favour during a recent consultation. UCU has been clear, however, that it retains the right to take action if employers backtrack. Last month, UCU successfully renewed its industrial action mandate, allowing industrial action to be called for a further six months read more

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


Firefighters’ union launches plan to fight decades of harassment and bullying in Fire Service (May 10) – In a dramatic intervention at its annual conference in Blackpool, the Fire Brigades Union has launched its own drive to tackle discrimination in the Fire Service. Recent reports have shown that racism, homophobia and misogyny are “routinely ignored, or even instigated, by people at the very top” of the service, the FBU said. The stark warning comes in the wake of a series of reports that highlighted discrimination in the service. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said that firefighters had been “repeatedly failed” and that some are “scared to speak out”. Widespread bullying and abuse were highlighted in the London Fire Brigades Independent Culture Review in November and in a report by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services in March. However, Wrack said that firefighters had lost faith in Chief Fire Officers or the Government to end the abuse after decades of failure on the issue. Instead, the Fire Brigades Union has unveiled plans to investigate the sector itself, and to tackle discrimination, harassment and bullying of firefighters read more

Firefighters’ union calls for defiance of anti-strike laws (25 Mar) – Trade unions must build a campaign to defy the anti-strike laws being pushed through parliament by the Tories, Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack has said. The firefighters’ leader said the Trades Union Congress should lead a campaign of “mass non-cooperation and non-compliance” with the Minimum Service Levels bill. An emergency congress of the TUC must be called to launch a campaign of defiance and civil disobedience against the bill if it becomes law, the FBU says. The FBU’s governing executive council has passed a resolution calling on the TUC to adopt the strategy, and to build a mass movement to resist the legislation. National demonstrations and sustained mass mobilisations can defeat the bill, the union says. Non-compliance with the bill would be one of the most significant attempts by unions to defy employment law since the 1984-85 miners’ strike. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said the strategy of non-compliance was needed, as there was “no obvious route to challenge this attack through the courts” read more


POA ballot results on NHS pay offer (2 May) – POA balloted it’s healthcare members on the Government’s improved offer to those staff covered by the Agenda for Change Pay Negotiations.  Members were offered a one-off cash payment of 6% to settle 2022-23 pay and 5% to settle 2023-24 pay. The POA made no recommendation believing it is down to members to decide whether the pay offer should be accepted or rejected. POA members have overwhelmingly voted to reject the pay offer and to take strike action. The POA is always willing to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Employer as our door is always open read more


Foodworkers on the Breadline (9 May) – Our latest report on the impact the cost of living is having on BFAWU members is out. The short report is broken down into 2 main sections: The first section outlines our survey data. The second part presents qualitative data based on the words of our members who took part in this research, and who grimly described how the cost of living crisis is impacting on them and their families read more

Support the campaign to unionise Samworth Brothers – get organised, sign the petition read more


BBC Northern Ireland journalists to strike (12 May) – NUJ members working across BBC Northern Ireland will take part in 24hr strike action on Friday 19 May, in opposition to proposed cuts to jobs and programmes. An industrial action ballot of members delivered a strong mandate with 83 per cent voting in favour of strike action, following the failure of BBC management to save valued programmes across Northern Ireland, and guarantee the security of journalists’ jobs. As part of cost-cutting efforts, the public service broadcaster is seeking £2.3m in savings, cutting 36 posts alongside other potential job losses.  NUJ members believe the BBC’s restructuring plans will impact resources and their ability to deliver quality programmes across Northern Ireland read more

NUJ votes for industrial action over cuts at BBC Radio Foyle (5 May) – Journalists in Northern Ireland have voted for industrial action over job losses and changes of programming at Radio Foyle read more

BBC Local journalists reject broadcaster’s revised proposal (9 May) – Journalists at BBC Local have rejected plans put forward by the BBC and look set to announce more strike dates. NUJ members took part in 24-hour strike action in March over the BBC’s plans to cut local radio services, significantly reducing output after 2pm on weekdays and weekends, and providing only 48 hours of weekly guaranteed local programming read more

Legal challenge against government’s agency worker regulations (10 May) – The NUJ is among several unions challenging the right of employers to use agency workers during a strike read more


Equity announces new agreement for commercial theatre (11 May) – We have recently concluded negotiations for a new agreement in commercial theatre which will see significant improvements to members pay, as well as their terms and conditions. Members who have worked on the agreement since it was last negotiated in 2019 were balloted on whether to accept or reject these new terms and conditions, and with 85% of members voting to accept we can now confirm the improvements detailed below on this page read more

Equity announces new agreement for subsidised theatre (11 May) – We have recently concluded negotiations for a new agreement in subsidised theatre. Members who have worked on the agreement since it was last negotiated in 2019 were balloted on whether to accept or reject these new terms and conditions, and with 94% of members voting to accept. We can now confirm the improvements to your terms and conditions as detailed below on this page. If you are currently working on a subsidised theatre agreement these new rates of pay, allowances and additional payments will apply to your current contract, and should be backdated to April 3rd 2023 read more

Sign and share this petition to reinstate the English National Opera (ENO) funding and lobby your MP to back our industries and their workforce


Statement on Tillery Valley Foods (11 May) – Responding to the news that Tillery Valley Foods in Abertillery may enter into administration, potentially putting 250 jobs at risk, Rob Edwards, Community Union’s Regional Secretary for Wales, said: “The workers are currently walking a path of great uncertainty. Tillery Valley Foods and the jobs of those who work there are vitally important to the local economy. The company is embedded in the community and provides unique skills-based employment offered nowhere else in the area. Our focus now is supporting our members. We call on the company, the Welsh and UK Governments and all concerned to do all that they can to secure a future for Tillery Valley Foods and its loyal, dedicated workforce read more


Protect the right to strike! Usdaw urges Peers to vote down the Government’s anti-union legislation (9 May) – Retail trade union Usdaw is calling on Members of the House of Lords to reject the Government’s Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, which has been timetabled for its third reading in the House of Lords today (Tuesday 9 May). This legislation would allow ministers, by regulation, to impose minimum service levels on services within six sectors, including schools, the NHS, fire and rail and transport, that would apply during periods of strike action read more


UVW to appeal against overturning of 2021 race discrimination win against the Royal Parks (12 May) – United Voices of the World (UVW) will appeal the decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) to overturn its 2021 race discrimination win against the Royal Parks (RP). Our battle to prove that paying majority Black and brown outsourced workers worse pay than majority white in-house workers is institutional (indirect) race discrimination, continues! Read more

Condé nast cleaners win 11% pay rise after strike threat (10 May) – A group of United Voices of the World (UVW) members from Latin America who clean the offices of global media company Condé Nast in the Adelphi Building in Covent Garden have won a swift pay rise of over 11% following threats of strike action, backdated to 1 April 2023. From now on, the cleaners will earn the London Living Wage (LLW) of £11.95, and the company has committed to automatically increasing this amount in line with the LLW every year, proving that strike action – or the threat of it – works! Read more

Recognition win at Dartford Amazon Warehouse (9 May) – “I want to call on fellow cleaners from other Amazon warehouses not to feel alone and to join our struggle, because where there is unity there is strength” – José Francisco, Amazon cleaner and UVW member. A group of outsourced Amazon cleaners at a Dartford warehouse, in the outskirts of London, have forced their employer to agree to negotiate a voluntary recognition deal with their union, United Voices of the World (UVW), under threat of a strike ballot. The brave migrant workers will be the first cleaners on any Amazon site to win union recognition in the UK. This historic decision came after the workers at the DBR1 Amazon warehouse in Dartford – who are outsourced to Phosters (FM) Limited, a Worcestershire-based facilities management company began balloting for strike action in the first week of May, proving that the threat of industrial action works! Read more


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Mandate (Ireland)

Petition for Tesco Dot.Com workers — signed by nearly 12,000 people — handed into company today (12 May) – Mandate activists handing over petition signed by nearly 12,000 people calling on Tesco Ireland to reverse their decision to impose new rosters on Dot.Com pickers and drivers. Changes in work schedules will cost the workers thousands of Euros in lost pay read more

SIPTU (Ireland)

SIPTU says Nuremore Hotel liquidation shows more protections needed for workers (12 May) – SIPTU representatives held a general meeting of workers formerly employed at the Nuremore Hotel and Country Club in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, yesterday (Thursday, 11th May) to brief them on the appointment of a liquidator to the business’s operating company read more

Other news

‘Drawing the Line’ – exhibition by picket line artist Inga Bystram – 7 days a week at The Cock Tavern 23, Phoenix Road NW1 1HB (near Euston train station). Tel: 07908330117 Insta: ingabystram

Fight blacklisting and victimisation of union reps

Support Lee Fowler – Another blacklisted construction worker sacked after making complaints about safety on site read more about Lee’s case

Support the ‘Murphy 4’ Campaign to reinstate sacked Unite members read more

Protest as Hackney Unison chair amongst those handed compulsory redundancies in libraries shake-up: 6pm Wednesday 17th May Hackney Town Hall – Council staff are staging a protest after several library staff, including Hackney Unison Branch Chair Brian Debus, have been handed compulsory redundancy notices. Hackney Unison have said it was “registering our disgust that three library workers including Hackney Unison Branch Chair Brian Debus are due to be made compulsorily redundant. This despite there being more than enough posts available in the restructured library service.” Read more on Hackney Citizen website

#SPYCops Inquiry exposes state surveillance of workers movement

Construction blacklisting: Evidence sought in union officials’ collusion inquiry (11 Apr) – Unite, the UK’s leading union, is stepping up its search for information into the possible collusion by trade union officials into the blacklisting of construction workers. In April 2022 Unite established an independent inquiry into allegations that some union officials may have colluded with the blacklisting of construction workers. Unite has instructed a legal team of Nick Randall KC (Matrix Chambers), John Carl Townsend (33 Chancery Lane Chambers) and Paul Heron from (Public Interest Law Centre), to examine and investigate whether any union officials from Unite or its predecessor unions (T&G, UCATT, Amicus, AEEU or MSF), were involved in the blacklisting of construction workers. The inquiry is now entering its next stage and an online portal has been launched to allow anyone who has any information relating to the inquiry to submit information read more

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/blacklist-SG/

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

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. Also, check out Organise Now! – Support for new worker organising.


Earthquake in Turkey & Syria – union donations – The NSSN sends our solidarity to all those affected by this disaster. Many will have relatives in this country. The NSSN is affiliated to ‘Support the People of Turkey’ who has launched an appeal, including for union branches and trades councils Turkey-Syria Earthquake Solidarity Appeal

Turkey Earthquake: A preliminary report from the ground

FBU makes £10,000 donation to Syria and Turkey earthquake appeal (23 Mar)

Unison: Turkey earthquake solidarity appeal

NUJ: IFJ launches solidarity call to support journalists in Turkey and Syria



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