NSSN 630: Support the BMA Junior Doctors as 4-day strike starts

From BMA website: Second round of strikes: 11, 12, 13, 14 April – We are holding a 96 hour walk out of all junior doctors in England in order to achieve a full pay restoration. This is our second round of action. This means you should not attend any shifts starting after 6:59am on 11 April. You can then attend any shifts starting from 7am on the 15 April read more

Strike Fund

To keep up to date with the strike action, including demonstrations and rallies, follow BMA Junior Doctors website and twitter @BMA_JuniorDocs #JuniorDoctorsStrike #PayRestoration #SaveOurNHS

London Strike Demonstration – 2pm Tuesday 11th April Trafalgar Square 

Birmingham Strike Rally – 11.30am Friday 14th April Edgbaston Street

BMA Junior Doctors picket lines


HCSA junior doctors in Scotland move to ballot for strike (31 Mar) – HCSA, the hospital doctors’ union, has announced a formal ballot on strike action over pay for junior doctor members in Scotland. Junior doctors in Scotland have faced pay erosion representing real-terms pay cuts of 23.5% since 2008. At a time of escalating inflation, the pay award for 2022-23 of 4.5% served only to worsen the outlook for junior doctors. The ballot will open on Friday 14th April and close on Friday 5th May read more

Support Lee Fowler – Another blacklisted construction worker sacked after making complaints about safety on site – Protest: Thursday 20th April 1pm Cargill site, The Dock Road, Bootle L20 8DF read more about Lee’s case

Support the ‘Murphy 4’ Support the campaign to secure the reinstatement of four Unite members, including a shop steward, dismissed by the Murphy group’s Irish subsidiary on what Unite members believe to be spurious grounds read more

Protest as Hackney Unison chair amongst those handed compulsory redundancies in libraries shake-up – Council staff staged a protest outside Hackney Town Hall after several library staff, including Hackney Unison Branch Chair Brian Debus, were handed compulsory redundancy notices. The protest by Hackney Unison on Wednesday 15 March was also held to support striking teachers, junior doctors and Tube staff. It followed several days of strike action by Unite and Unison library workers after the council unveiled a shake-up of library services which will see 19 jobs go. Hackney Unison 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

This year’s NSSN Conference will be on Saturday 24th June in Conway Hall, London 11am-4.30pm

BREAKING NEWS!! GMB Officer Gary Palmer from the victorious #GMBThree is speaking at NSSN Conference Case against ‘GMB Three’ collapses

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!

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

NSSN news

This year’s NSSN Conference will be on 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 National Dispute Fund

RMT update on national dispute with 14 train operators (6 Apr) – The union has had several meetings with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) since we suspended our strike action on the 14 train operators, following a proposal made to us on March 22nd. These meetings were to further discuss the issues of the dispute – in particular Year 2 of the proposal that led to the suspension of strikes and the process of workforce reform. However, no new document has been produced by the employer. Members are rightly frustrated by this, and the Tory government is once again absent when it comes to giving the RDG the mandate to produce a new document. The RDG have agreed to write to us in due course and we will be meeting them next week. While negotiations continue, we remain in dispute and resolute in our determination to win a further mandate for strike action in the upcoming re-ballot. Be in no doubt, if further strikes are needed, RMT will not hesitate to act to ensure a negotiated settlement on jobs, pay and working conditions. Notes: Re-ballot papers for a further 6-month strike mandate go out today with a closing date of May 4 read more

Cleaners across rail network to take 48-hour strike action (5 Apr) – Contracted out cleaners working on trains across the country will take strike action on 14 and 15 April. RMT members working as cleaners for the likes of Atalian Servest, Churchill and Bidvest Noonan are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors who are raking in profits worth millions of pounds. The train companies that will be affected are Avanti West Coast, GWR, Northern, GTR and South East Trains. Cleaners working on the Network Rail High Speed contract will also be taking part in the stoppage. The latest round of strikes are part of the union’s campaign to see justice done for contracted out cleaners, who are some of the most exploited railway workers in the country read more

RMT demands stronger workers’ rights on offshore wind farms (5 Apr) – OFFSHORE union RMT today demanded trade union rights and fair pay in the Offshore Wind industry following an independent report by the UK government’s Offshore Wind Champion Tim Pick. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was disappointing that trade unions were not consulted as part of the report, especially as it acknowledges the importance of a just transition to the 50,000 jobs which are expected to be lost from the oil and gas industry by 2030 read more

RMT lambasts P&O Ferries over latest job losses (5 Apr) – Maritime union RMT has tonight responded to the prospect of 60 workers at P&O Ferries losing their jobs. The news comes just over a year after the disgraced company unlawfully sacked 800 seafarers. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is another shameful chapter in the history of P&O Ferries where yet again they show scant regard for the livelihoods of their workforce…” read more

Lifeboat falls off low wage P&O ferry (4 Apr) – MARITIME union RMT has written to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) today after it was reported that a lifeboat had fallen off the new P&O vessel P&O Pioneer using low paid agency crew. Accidents involving lifeboats are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities amongst seafarers in the shipping industry read more

ISS workers in weekend walkout on DLR (31 Mar) – Contracted out staff working for ISS on the Docklands Light Railway will take 48 hours strike action this weekend. Revenue protection, cleaners, security and travel safe staff will walk out after rejecting an insulting pay offer of 1.8%. RMT which represents the workers have highlighted the fact ISS staff on the DLR are underpaid compared to others on TfL performing equivalent roles. On top of poor pay, ISS staff have so far not been told whether they will get access to the free travel facility. This is despite the fact London Mayor Sadiq Khan having already promised all contracted out staff would get free travel across TfL read more

London Cable Car strike announced (27 Mar) – The National Executive Committee congratulated all members for returning this magnificent ballot result and having noted a report received from the Lead Officer, the NEC took the decision to instruct all members to take strike action and not to book on for any shifts that commence between: 00:01 hours on Friday 7th April 2023 and 23:59 hours on Monday 10th April 2023 read more

Action short announced on Edgware Road and Ladbroke Grove Areas (27 Mar) – Further to my previous Circular (IR/052/23. 28th February 2023), a resolution has been received from our Hammersmith & City Branch, regarding the imposition of new rosters. The Company has not properly consulted our Reps over these rosters which are unworkable, and members wish to fight back against the detrimental effect these cuts will have, including on their work/life balance. The National Executive Committee has thanked the Branch for its resolution and taken the decision to instruct:

All Station Grades members (Area Managers, Customer Service Assistants, Customer Service Supervisors, Customer Service Managers) on the Edgware Road and Ladbroke Grove Areas not to work any overtime or rest day working from 00.01 hours Wednesday 5th April 2023 to 23:59 hours on Wednesday 19th April 2023 read more

Balfour Beatty engineers take strike action after profits boast (17 Mar) – RMT members working in engineering for Balfour Beatty will take strike action tonight in a row over pay. It will be the third 36-hour stoppage after members rejected the company’s 5.5% pay offer from April 2022. Balfour Beatty has just released its latest financial information from last year which shows huge profits and dividends for shareholders…Strike action will begin at 10pm on 17 March and end 9.59am Sunday 19 March read more

Tube strike shuts London Underground (15 Mar) – Over 10,000 RMT members have today shut London Underground in a strike over pensions, job cuts and attacks on working conditions. The job losses planned will affect every aspect of the tube including stations and maintenance, leading to the likelihood of more unstaffed stations and a lowering of safety standards. Workers from across London Underground set up picket lines across most major tube stations, ensuring that London Underground was completely shutdown. RMT joins several unions taking strike action today across the economy on a variety of industrial matters, including better pay, good working conditions and job security. The union wrote to London Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday outlining how job cuts must be halted and that safety of the travelling public was foremost in tube workers minds read more


Tube train strike solid – of course (1 Apr) – We have just had a Budget for the rich – Jeremy Hunt’s first as Chancellor of the Exchequer and a sign of things to come – lifting caps on pensions for the fortunate, with no lifetime cap, to encourage people, particularly doctors, back to work. At best it would get 15,000 people back to work – at a cost of £66,000 each! Especially ironic when junior doctors are out on strike, along with 500,000 others, from teachers to civil servants, because they would earn more as a barista serving coffee in Pret than saving lives in one of our under-funded hospitals read more


TSSA marks Belly Mujinga anniversary (5 Apr) – TSSA is marking three years since our member Belly Mujinga died from coronavirus and is calling for greater focus on health and safety for workers. Belly worked at Victoria station in central London and was one of the first front-line workers to die of the virus, which went on to take the lives of many more colleagues across rail, transport and the wider country. Belly had reported being coughed and spat at by a member of the public on the concourse at Victoria station and was frightened that this was how she contracted the deadly virus. Belly had underlying health problems and sadly died on 5 April 2020 at Barnet hospital. She was 47 years old and left behind her young daughter, Ingrid, and devoted husband, Lusamba. Belly’s story touched the world, becoming an international news story, and Belly’s name was displayed in Black Lives Matter demonstrations later that year. A petition seeking justice for Belly drew more than two million signatures, and her death was commented on by the Prime Minister, Labour leader and many politicians and activists 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

Unite announces major 48-hour stoppage as ‘tsunami’ of industrial action set to hit oil and gas operators in massive pay dispute (7 Apr) – 1350 offshore workers predicted to bring dozens of platforms to a ‘standstill’ including BP, Shell and Total assets. Unite the union today (7 April) announced an unprecedented 48-hour major stoppage as part of a ‘tsunami’ of industrial unrest in the offshore sector. 1350 offshore workers across five companies will take strike action to demand a better deal on jobs, pay and conditions. The trade union predicts the strike action starting on 24 April until 26 April will bring platforms and the offshore installations of major oil and gas operators to a ‘standstill’. The corporations to be hit by the action include BP, CNRI, EnQuest, Harbour Energy, Ithaca, Shell and Total read more

Sparrows contractors begin ‘tsunami’ of offshore strike action over pay (3 Apr) – Dozens of platforms and operators to be hit including Shell and Harbour Energy. Unite the union confirmed today (Monday, 3 April) that around 150 Sparrows Offshore Services contractors will start strike action from Wednesday (5 April). A series of stoppages will continue up to 9 June by Sparrows contractors in a dispute over pay which will hit more than 20 oil and gas platforms. 95.5 per cent of Unite members previously voted to take strike action on a 75 per cent turnout. The strike action will hit a number of major operators including Apache, Shell, and Harbour Energy.The workers include offshore Crane Operatives, Crane Maintainers, Lifting Personnel and Deck Crew. The strike action involves Sparrows’ ‘Flying Squad’ who provide maintenance support across all installations with no set platform

Strikes at Atomic Weapons Establishment by NG Bailey electricians off after pay victory (6 Apr) – Strikes by electricians employed by NG Bailey working at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire have been cancelled after a pay deal was secured, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Thursday). Approximately 100 Unite electricians who work at NG Bailey on Awe’s Mensa project will benefit from the pay rise after voting for industrial action. All scheduled strike action has now been called off. In total, the pay deal, made up of hourly increases from an incentive bonus as well as a cost of living payment, is worth 9.4 per cent or around £6.50 per hour 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

Unite blames “astonishing management indifference” for a month-long strike at St Mungo’s (6 Apr) – Workers at the homeless charity are struggling to pay the rent but bosses haven’t resolved a pay dispute going back to 2021. 93% voted for strike action at St Mungo’s – strike begins on Monday 24 April. Dedicated charity workers who are on the streets helping the homeless every night have been left with no other choice but to take strike action. “Workers are at the end of their tether”. The homeless charity still hasn’t resolved a pay dispute going back to 2021 in the midst of falling pay and a cost of living crisis. The workers are fed up with highly paid management at top of their homeless charity while at the bottom they struggle to make ends meet. The four week strike starts on Monday 24 April 2023 and ends on 21 May 2023. Unite balloted over 500 workers across southern England including in London, Bristol, Brighton, Oxford, Bournemouth and Reading read more

New Boohoo worker treatment shame at brand’s Northamptonshire warehouse (5 Apr) – Boohoo warehouse workers revolt at ‘unconscionable’ shift demands and union busting. More than 200 low paid Boohoo warehouse workers at the firm’s giant warehouse in Crick, Northamptonshire, have lodged a collective grievance against the imposition of ‘unconscionable’ shift changes. Unite, the UK’s leading union, said the workers are angry that the new shift patterns will leave the mostly female workforce having only one weekend off in every five. The new shift patterns will also leave workers with fragmented single days off. The grievance was lodged after the company refused to listen to workers’ concerns during what was described by employees as a ‘sham’ consultation process read more

Heathrow set for summer of strife as survey reveals security officers leaving in droves (5 Apr) – Workers voting with their feet to reject poverty pay. Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is set for a shock exodus of security officers, according to a confidential survey of Unite members at the airport. The survey of over 750 security officers revealed that one in three are planning to leave their jobs within the next six months, while almost half of respondents are unsure whether they will continue to work at Heathrow. A large scale exodus of security officers would create enormous pressures on HAL to deliver security services and avoid the capacity problems that beset the airport last year and resulted in it having to suppress demand and cap passenger numbers. Around 1,400 security staff are currently on strike over a below-inflation pay offer from the airport. In recent years, HAL has paid out more than £2 billion in shareholder dividends and approved an 88 per cent pay hike for its CEO – taking his salary to £1.5 million a year read more

Heathrow strikes go ahead as last-ditch talks fail (30 Mar) – Ten days of strikes involving over 1,400 security officers at Heathrow Airport will go ahead as planned from tomorrow (Friday 31 March) as last-ditch talks held today (Thursday) failed to resolve the current pay dispute. The talks broke down because Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) failed to substantially improve its pay offer and was only prepared to offer a lump sum payment as an addition to the current offer. This is in stark contrast to the remuneration of the Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye. The latest HAL accounts show that between 2020 and 2021 his pay soared from £800,000 to £1.5 million pa – up an astonishing 88 per cent. The current average salary of a Heathrow security guard, working endless shifts, is £30,000. This is made up of a basic £26,000, after three years experience, with a £4,000 shift allowance.  That’s down 24 per cent in real terms since 2017 read more

Real Living Wage win for Prestwick Airport workers (5 Apr) – Pay deal secures rise up to 18 per cent. Unite the union can confirm today (5 April) a pay deal at Prestwick Airport which will deliver the real Living Wage and a pay uplift that rises up to 18 per cent for workers. The trade union has secured significant improvements to the pay, terms and conditions of over 80 workers. The pay deal guarantees as a minimum the real Living Wage (RLW) of £10.90 per hour, and a minimum uplift of 6 per cent this year. There is an additional cost of living payment of £750 for those earning £10.90 per hour, and £1,250 for all other employees within the bargaining unit. The deal further secures a commitment to a regrading exercise which will see many of the workers gaining a pay rise of up to 18 per cent 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

Power grid strikes in London, South East, East England off after Unite secures 18% pay deal (3 Apr) – Pay strikes by around 1,300 electricity grid workers in London and the South East and East of England have been cancelled after they voted to accept an improved pay offer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Monday). Workers at UK Power Networks (UKPN) have won an increased deal, which over two years will see pay rise by 18 per cent – eight per cent for last year and 10 per cent for 2023. The workers will also receive a one off £750 payment. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a well-deserved win for workers who were prepared to take a stand for a fair pay rise read more

Google Kings Cross HQ protest over sackings and union busting (3 Apr) – Google workers will stage a demonstration outside the company’s King Cross headquarters on Tuesday over the ‘appalling treatment and union busting’ of staff facing swingeing redundancies read more

Pay strikes by Harlow housing repair and grounds workers intensify (28 Mar) – Staff at council-owned company paid less than other workers doing same job. Pay strikes by over 300 staff responsible for Harlow council’s housing stock and the cleaning and maintenance of council grounds and buildings are to intensify, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday). The workers, who are employed by HTS, which is wholly owned by Harlow district council, began strike action in late February. New strike dates have now been scheduled for 5, 6, 24, 25, 27 and 28 April. HTS’s workforce voted by 87 per cent for strike action as a result of pay being less than workers doing the same jobs at other local authorities. The workers are demanding a cost-of-living payment and for their pay bands to be re-graded so they are brought up to industry standards. The council’s latest financial report showed it had assets of £63 million on 31 March 2022, an increase of £19 million from the year before read more

Unite announces consultation on government’s offer to NHS workers in England (27 Mar) – Unite the union has announced the details of the consultative ballot it will hold for its members working in the NHS in England covered by Agenda for Change. From Friday 31 March until Friday 28 April, Unite’s eligible NHS members will be asked to consider the government’s revised pay offer. The government is proposing an additional unconsolidated cash lump sum payment on this year’s pay and a five per cent rise in pay for 2023/24 (full details here). The revised offer emerged through negotiations that followed strike action by Unite members in December, January and February. Unlike other health unions, Unite is making no recommendation on the government’s pay offer stating that it will be the union’s members who will decide whether it should be accepted or rejected read more

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS staff deliver resounding vote for strike action over pay (23 Mar) – Crisis loans and second jobs needed for staff to get by. 800 staff poised for strike should government’s pay offer be rejected. More than 800 staff at Guys and St Thomas’ hospital in Central London could take strike action over pay after a successful industrial action ballot, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Thursday). The workers, who include nurses, pharmacists, estates staff and medical technicians, returned a ‘resounding’ 92 per cent vote in favour of strike action. Such is the struggle for NHS staff at the hospital to make ends meet, Unite is involved in arranging crisis loans for workers. Strike action by Unite’s NHS members is currently paused as a consultation on the government’s recent offer gets underway 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

Imperial College strike action over ‘massive pay cut’ stretches into fifth month (21 Mar) – 10.1% pay attack for workers while Imperial has £1.7 billion reserves and paid vice chancellor record salary. More than 200 Imperial College workers, who are members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, will strike on Wednesday (22 March), as industrial action over a pay dispute stretches into its fifth month. The workers are striking over the imposition of a 3.3 per cent pay offer for 2022/23 by London’s Imperial College, which Unite says is a clear 10.1 per cent pay cut when the real rate of inflation, RPI, is running at 13.4 per cent. Imperial College’s latest financial figures shows it brought in an income of over £1.2 billion for 2021/22 and had cash reserves of £1.7 billion. Further, Imperial College is one for the best paying universities for senior leadership staff. Until July 2022, the university employed the UK’s highest paid vice chancellor with an annual pay package worth £714,000, a massive increase of 35.5 per cent on the previous year read more

JW Suckling drivers secure fantastic pay rise but Jet Garage strikes remain on in North West as Hoyer fail to make pay offer (20 Mar) – Unite the union has secured an inflation-busting pay increase for tanker drivers employed on the Phillips 66 contract delivering to Jet Garages and employed by JW Suckling. The deal is worth up to £11,000 a year for the drivers based in Essex, Grangemouth and West London. However, strike action involving Hoyer drivers based in the North West operating from the Bramhall terminal and who work on the same contract is set to take place for a week beginning on March 27, as the company has failed to enter into peace talks. The pay deal brings the annual salaries of Unite members from £43,315 to £54,579 per year. The deal also includes improved overtime rates increasing at least 29%, bonuses increasing by a stunning 47 per cent as well as the introduction of callout read more

Workforce at Queen’s University to take strike action to defend pay and pensions (14 Mar) – Unite the union striking on 16th March, UCU on 15th and 16th March. Both Unite and UCU at QUB are set to take further strike action at Queen’s University as part of their ongoing industrial dispute with management over fair and equitable pay, pensions, and precarious employment practices. The strike action follows ballots held by both Unite and UCU at QUB which provided a strong mandate for industrial action up to and including strike action at Queen’s. The UCU action is to continue on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of March and the union has action short of a strike in force continuously. Unite’s strike action is also set to continue with further strike dates identified in April read more

Cargotec: Strike sends strong message in ‘bogus TUPE’ dispute (10 Mar) – Company must come to table and negotiate collectively. March 10th: Following a 93% vote for industrial action, Unite members working for cargo handling manufacturer Cargotec in Dundalk took to the picket line today in a move which saw production at the facility closed down.  The dispute surrounds what Unite has termed a ‘bogus TUPE’ process which members fear could impact their terms and conditions going forward.  Unite is calling on the company to come to the table and negotiate collectively with the workers affected read more

Unite leader hails successful defence of right to strike against legal challenge (9 Mar) – Unite shop stewards defended against legal attack. Mechanical strike going ahead tomorrow (Friday) at H.A. O’Neil and Leo Lynch. March 9th A strike by mechanical workers in HA O’Neil’s and Leo Lynch’s will go ahead tomorrow (Friday 10 March) after trade union Unite fought off an attempt today by HA O’Neil (Jones Engineering) to obtain an injunction restraining Unite members from taking industrial action. Accordingly, official pickets will be placed at HA O’Neil and Leo Lynch sites in Leixlip (Intel) and Grange Castle (Pfizer) tomorrow. The action follows an overwhelming vote for strike action in pursuit of a claim for restoration of the first hour of travel time, which was originally cut as a so-called ‘temporary measure’ following the 2008 financial crash read more

Industrial Civil Servants, including Workers in Roads Service, Rivers Agency, Forest Service and Strangford Ferry, vote overwhelmingly for strike action in pursuit of pay increase (7 Mar) – Unite and GMB members employed in the industrial civil service are set to coordinate action with non-industrial civil service workers in NIPSA. Strike ballot occurs alongside existing industrial dispute by roads workers seeking end to productivity pay mechanism. Unite and the GMB have confirmed that in separate ballots of their members employed in the industrial civil service workers [which includes roads service, rivers agency and Strangford ferry] have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in pursuit of a cost of living pay increase. In Unite the vote for strike action was passed by 91 percent while in GMB the vote for strike action was 77 percent. Both trade unions will now engage with NIPSA which represents non-industrial civil servants, and which announced its own successful strike ballot last week, with a view to taking coordinated strike action across the entire civil service in Northern Ireland read more

Christie Manchester cancer treatment staff join widening NHS pay strikes (1 Mar) – More than 100 staff employed at Manchester’s Christie NHS Foundation Trust and its linked pathology provider, which is a public/private partnership, will strike for 24 hours from 0700hrs on Thursday (2 March) over pay. The workers’ union, Unite, says that more strikes will be scheduled if the government fails to address poor pay and unsafe staffing across the NHS read more

Roads Service maintenance workers in Unite commence one week strike action (26 Feb) – Road Workers demand productivity payment be integrated into payscales to remove potential mechanism for pay victimization. More than two hundreds Unite members employed by the Roads Service of Northern Ireland will be joining with colleagues in the GMB in taking strike action for a week commencing Monday 27th February. The industrial action follows a ballot of Unite members which returned a 95.30 percent vote for strike. The workers seek changes to their terms and conditions meaning the integration of a productivity bonus into their payscales. Roads Service workers’ pay is dependent on a productivity-based payment which is subject to the determination of managers. In the recent year roads workers at some hubs have taken strike action over allegations of bullying and harassment and are now seeking to close down a mechanism which potentially leaves them subject to victimization by managers. The strike pickets will be established at 8am on Monday 27 February and will last seven days and affect roads maintenance work across Northern Ireland. Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham pledged her union’s full support for the Roads Service workers read more

Weekend strike action and protests resume over pay dispute at Diageo’s Leven plant (24 Feb) – Unite ‘actively’ exploring legal options amid claims workers could have been unlawfully induced to sign new contracts. Engineering workers based at Diageo’s plant in Leven are set to resume strike action tonight (24 February) and over the weekend in an increasingly bitter pay dispute with the drinks industry giant. The strike action will begin at 19:00 p.m. tonight and conclude on Monday (27 February) morning at 6 a.m. The strike action will directly impact on the engineering support for the bottling plant. Unite believes it is not safe to run the plant without the support its engineering members provide. Unite can also confirm that it will hold another protest on Saturday (25 February) at The Johnnie Walker Experience in Edinburgh from 12 noon to 2.30 p.m. There will be a further protest on Sunday (26 February) outside the bottling plant in Levenfrom 12 noon to 2.30 p.m. The protests are highlighting that some of Unite’s engineering members are set to lose around 6 per cent of their pay when moved to a proposed lower rate of pay read more

Protestors expose Morrisons’ anti-union tactics in Gibraltar (22 Feb) – Supermarket giant sits on millions but flew workers to Gibraltar to deny low-waged workers fair pay. Union stages protest at Morrisons’ Bradford HQ. Campaigners will stage a protest on Friday 24th February at the head office of Morrison’s in Bradford to expose shabby mistreatment and anti-trade union tactics directed against Unite members in Gibraltar. Morrisons’ workers in Gibraltar have been on strike since 30 January in a dispute over a paltry 2.4 per cent pay increase when the retailer’s underlying profits for last year were a massive £828 million. According to Unite, instead of negotiating to end the strike Morrisons wasted money by flying in UK workers to replace the roles of striking workers in Gibraltar – paying them £2 an hour more than workers on the Rock. This pay disparity is one of the main reasons for the dispute. Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said: “If Morrisons think it can sneak strike-breaking tactics into Gibraltar then, it should think again…” read more

East Lancashire biomedical scientists latest to join NHS pay strikes (21 Feb) – Unite says government is failing the country as NHS strikes spread. Around 70 biomedical scientists at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will strike at Royal Blackburn hospital from 0700 hrs to 1900 hrs on Wednesday (22 February). The workers’ union, Unite, says that more strikes will be scheduled if the government fails to address poor pay and unsafe staffing across the NHS. With more ambulance worker strikes also set for the coming weeks, Unite has again hit out at the prime minister for failing to get into the room to address chronic low pay and unsustainable workloads. These issues are driving a recruitment and retention crisis and devastating the NHS read more

Royal Holloway University strikes intensify over 10% pay cut presented as rise (9 Feb) – Pay strikes will hit Royal Holloway University in February as a dispute over pay intensifies, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Thursday). Non-teaching staff, members of Unite, have rejected an imposed pay deal set by the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) that amounts to three per cent for most workers. With the real rate of inflation, RPI, at 13.4 per cent, this is a real terms pay cut of 10.4 per cent. Meanwhile, the university’s latest financial report states it is in a strong financial position. It had total reserves of £293 million for the year ending 31 July 2022… The workers, who include cleaners, janitors, estates staff and technicians, will strike on 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 February in coordination with members of other higher education unions at Royal Holloway. More strikes will be scheduled if the dispute is not resolved read more

Strike action resumes at GSK pharmaceutical plant in Irvine (6 Feb) – Kaefer contractors begin week-long strike in dispute over bonus payments. Members of Unite employed in engineering construction roles at the GSK plant in Irvine will resume strike action today (6 February) in a dispute over bonus payments. Around 40 workers employed by contractor Kaefer Limited will take strike action from 07:30 a.m. on 6 February up to 07:29 a.m. on 13 February. A previous round of strike action took place from 9 to 23 January. The current round of strike action is in addition to an existing discontinuous overtime ban which ends on 2 April. The industrial action will directly impact on the maintenance of the plant. The dispute is based on Unite members seeking a bonus payment of £2.37 an hour, the maximum allowed under the relevant industrial agreement (National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry [NAECI]) read more

Reinstate Radek (Radoslaw Worbel) sacked Unite London bus rep at RATP London United Fulwell bus garage – send a message of complaint to [email protected] and a message of support to to Radek via the Unite Bus Combine: [email protected] 


Support the CWU strikes in Royal Mail & Post Office – The CWU has launched a strike fund – please support: Unity Bank, CWU General Fund, 60-83-01 33019822

We support the call of the CWU for Royal Mail and BT to be re-nationalised. Follow the latest news via CWU’s Facebook page, website and Twitter @CWUnews

More upheavals at BT Supply Chain as transformation programme continues (6 Apr) – Close tabs are being kept on the latest changes that have been unveiled by Supply Chain bosses, with the CWU demanding assurances that every effort will be made to mitigate against potential redundancies that stem from the review of two further teams. Under proposals announcement by management last week, ten individuals have been placed ‘at risk’ as a result of four proposed job losses within the ‘Final Mile’ and ‘Management Information System’ teams read more

Support the CWU and the postal workers – renationalise Royal Mail – There are reports in the media about senior Royal Mail management considering putting the company into administration. This would have catastrophic effects for the 150,000 workers and working-class communities. The CWU and its members have been waging a heroic 11-month fight against management’s offensive. The NSSN sends solidarity to the CWU, the postal workers and Royal Mail staff and we support the CWU’s policy of calling for the re-nationalisation of the company. We will update this bulletin on any developments. CWU on twitter – @CWUnews

Massive Royal Mail re-ballot vote!! – CWU members in Royal Mail Group have delivered the biggest ever return in a major national strike ballot. YES 95.9% TURNOUT 77.3%

CWU to Royal Mail bosses: ‘You picked a fight with the wrong union!’ (17 Feb) – After achieving a higher percentage turnout than any general election since 1992, CWU activists meet in determined mood to discuss the next steps. Following yesterday’s ballot result, it was back to business today, with hundreds of senior field officials and branch officials gathering in Manchester for a national briefing to update on the dispute with Royal Mail and debate ongoing strategy. General secretary Dave Ward opened the event by once again thanking branches and members for their efforts in delivering such a “remarkable result” in the ballot. A hugely impressive 95.9 per cent YES vote and 77.3 per cent turnout – a higher percentage of voters than the last general election and higher than any general election in the past three decades. This was “a victory for the power of ‘we’ over the power of ‘I’. It was a test of our members’ resolve and, after 18 days of strike action and in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, our members delivered a result that was incredible,” Dave continued, adding that it “would’ve given the whole of TU movement a lift – as well as our members. It’s staggering that, after all that’s happened, our members haven’t shifted an inch in their support for this union…” 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

Ballot on Scottish sector pay offer opens (6 Apr) – PCS has launched a ballot in employers across the Scottish sector that come under the remit of the Scottish Government’s Pay policy read more

HMRC to remain in Preston (6 Apr) – PCS welcomes HMRC’s decision to maintain a long-term presence in Preston. The site joins East Kilbride and Portsmouth in avoiding closure and means a fourth long-term HMRC site in north west England. On 5 April 2023, HMRC announced that the department will retain a long-term presence in Preston; offering real security for around 1,500 members of staff read more

Vote for strike action in CPS (5 Apr) – CPS members are getting another chance to join their union colleagues in the national strike action. The Crown Prosecution Service is part of the PCS national re-ballot to enable us to take strike action over pay, pensions and job cuts in the civil service read more

Ofgem members to take 5 days strike action (4 Apr) – They will join other PCS members in our programme of targeted strike action during April. Members working in Ofgem Delivery and Schemes will walk out on 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17April as part of an escalation in the PCS national campaign over pay, pensions justice and job security read more

Massive picket lines launch first day of April’s targeted strike action (3 Apr) – PCS members and supporters have been out in force across the UK, making their voices heard and getting their message across. Picket lines were held today at HM Passport Office sites in every country of the UK, as well as at the British Library, Government Digital Services in London and the Animal and Plant Health Agency in Carlisle read more

From 3 April thousands of PCS members will be taking targeted industrial action – Find out where the picket lines are so you can go along and show your support. The latest round of targeted action involves members in the Passport Office, National Highways, British Library, British Museum, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, DVSA and Government Digital Service. They will be joined by 700 DVLA call centre workers on April 11 and 12. Also from 11 April 3000 members in Defra, Forestry Commission, Rural Payments Agency and Marine Management Organisation will be taking part in action short of a strike. The picket lines planned for April are below. You can also send messages of support to [email protected] and make an online donation to our strike fund read more

Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre strike dates announced (31 Mar) – PCS members working for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at the Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre are to take targeted strike action on 14, 15 and 16 April in our national campaign over pay, pensions, job security and redundancy terms read more

Efra Action Short of Strike Guidance (31 Mar) – Members in Defra, the Forestry Commission, Marine Management Organisation and Rural Payments Agency voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking Action Short of Strike alongside the current national industrial action as part of PCS’s national campaign read more

PCS calls all-out strike on 28 April (27 Mar) – More than 130,000 PCS members across the civil service and public sector will strike on 28 April in our latest one-day action alongside a month of walkouts to increase the pressure on the government on pay, pensions and job security. The all-out strike, called by our national executive committee today, taking place on the April payday, alongside a month of action beginning on 3 April to increase the pressure on the government 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

New PCS civil service ballots now open (20 Mar) – Fresh PCS strike ballots haven opened today (20 March) of 124,125 members in 186 employers, across the civil service and public sector so members can continue to fight for fair pay, pensions justice and job security as part of our national campaign. Our current 6-month legal mandate for strike action in 124 groups expires on 6 May, so to continue our industrial action campaign our national executive committee has agreed we need to ballot members again. The new postal ballots run from 20 March until 9 May, so look out for your ballot pack arriving through the post next week and then use your vote and post it in the pre-paid envelope. The levy of members, which supports those taking strategic action, will remain in place for the duration of the dispute. HMRC members will not be balloted this time as they have a strike mandate which runs until 26 August read more


P&O job cuts ‘another shameful day for company! (6 Apr) – GMB Union says today’s shock job cuts announcement by P&O is another shameful day for the company. P&O has announced changes to its management structure expected to result it up to 60 job loses. The affected roles are based in Dover, where GMB has hundreds of members read more

Swindon’s Emergency Social Care at risk as workers face 20 per cent pay cut (6 Apr) – A proposed pay cut of up to £9,000 would very likely see highly skilled workers leave Swindon Council, says GMB. GMB, the union for Swindon Borough Council, demands council leaders stop social workers losing up to 20 per cent of their salaries. The affected staff work within the Emergency Duty Service (EDS), the out of hours service providing 24-hour emergency care to vulnerable people in Swindon. The union is warning that such a huge pay cut will see workers forced to leave for similar roles in other authorities or with other employers. Swindon Borough Council employs eight social workers in the Emergency Duty Service, including two managers, half of whom are mental health professionals read more

Historic union recognition win at Blockleys bricks (5 Apr) – GMB union have today welcomed the signing of a recognition agreement with Michelmersh Blockleys in Telford. The company is a major UK supplier of brick materials to the building trade, employing hundreds of local people read more

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

Hinkley Point supplier faces strike (3 Apr) – A Hinkley Point C supplier faces strike action after workers turned down a pay deal. Engineers at Darchem Engineering, in Stockton-Upon-Tees, voted to walk out by a majority of 87 per cent in an indicative ballot. A full strike ballot will go ahead if the company doesn’t significantly improve the six per cent offer on the table. Industrial action could lead to big delays at Hinkley Point C – the £25 billion nuclear reactor in Somerset read more

Amazon strikes escalate with six more dates at Coventry and ballots at five new sites (31 Mar) – GMB strikes at Amazon are set to escalate as members in Coventry announced six further days of walk outs as the union today [31 March] begins ballots at five new sites. More than 560 workers at the Coventry warehouse will down tools on 16 – 18 and 21 – 23 of April, which will bring the total strike days at the site to 14. Meanwhile, hundreds of GMB members will begin fresh ballots for industrial action at five further fulfilment centres across the Midlands: Mansfield in Nottinghamshire; Coalville in Leicestershire; Kegworth in Leicestershire; Rugeley in Staffordshire; Rugby in Warwickshire. The ballots – which open today [31 March] and run for several weeks – will ask GMB members if they are willing to strike over a 50p pay rise enforced by Amazon management. Amazon Coventry has been the focal point of three months of industrial action by GMB after they made history by staging the first ever UK Amazon strike 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

Strike disruption on horizon as Stoke council accused of ‘union busting’ (24 Mar) – GMB Union has today slammed attempts by Conservative-run Stoke City Council to force through attacks on the terms and conditions of low paid workers. Despite good faith attempts on the part of GMB and other staff unions, official documents due to be presented to the Council’s Cabinet reveal the administration’s unwillingness to engage with dispute resolution read more

Croydon Council payroll staff ballot for strike over potentially discriminatory restructure (22 Mar) – Employees and residents should not pay for Croydon’s disastrous financial position, says GMB union 

GMB union is to ballot members working at Croydon Council’s payroll department over strike action. The local authority is proposing a departmental restructure in which a quarter of jobs are at risk of being lost. Meanwhile grievances raised by GMB members have been ignored. The union is concerned that not all staff are included in the restructure – with those affected exclusively women from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Staff have made a number of counter-proposals to save money and protect jobs, which have not been fully considered. They have also submitted numerous grievances which have not been acknowledged by HR. The ballot opens on 27 March and is due to close on 3 April read more

Teesside energy from waste company faces strike (21 Mar) – A Teesside energy from waste company faces strike action over a massive real terms pay cut. Around 100 GMB members at Suez Recycling and Recovery UK, in Haverton Hill, are ready to walk out. Almost 99 per cent reject a pay offer of 6 per cent during a consultative ballot. Workers have seen there real terms pay cut by more than 30 per cent since 2012. A full strike ballot will begin in the coming days read more

Almost 300 Mersey Care workers to strike this week (17 Jan) – Almost 300 health care workers at Mersey Care will take strike action this week over pay. GMB members including nurses, health care assistants, support staff, cleaners and admin staff will walk out for 24 hours from 00:01 to 23.59 on 18 January 2023. Mersey Care workers voted to strike over the Government’s imposed 4 per cent pay award – another massive real terms pay cut 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

Raise wage offer and prevent more university strikes, says UNISON (6 Apr) – Staff are already leaving for better-paid jobs in supermarkets, warehouses and coffee shops. Support staff at 14 universities in England are being balloted from this week for industrial action over the “inadequate” pay offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), says UNISON today (Thursday). Over the next five weeks, higher education workers including cleaners, IT technicians and library staff are to vote on whether to strike after the university employers put forward a wage rise that’s way below inflation, the union says. The ballot of staff at universities in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Brighton, Bristol, Winchester and Luton began on Tuesday (4 April) and continues until Tuesday 9 May. Those taking part in the vote are the University of Bedfordshire, University of Bristol, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Sussex, University of the West of England and University of Winchester, as well as a number of University of London institutions: Birkbeck, Queen Mary, SOAS and Kings College London. The 2023/24 pay offer falls far short of what staff deserve, says UNISON. It is worth between 5% and 8% depending on salary level, with lower paid workers getting the highest percentage rise. Some of this amount – around £83 per month before tax – began to be paid to staff in February to help staff with the increasing cost of living. UNISON put the pay offer to higher education staff in February and their decision was to reject the amount read more

Environment agency workers to walk out for four more days, says UNISON (5 Apr) – The government needs a properly staffed Environment Agency if natural habitats and water sources are to be protected. Thousands of Environment Agency workers in England are to strike for four days over pay later this month, blaming government inaction for putting communities, waters and wildlife at risk, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Despite months of strikes and other action where workers have taken themselves off ‘on call’ incident response rotas, ministers have made no attempt to invite unions in for pay talks, says UNISON. The union’s latest action means staff working on coastal sea defences, protecting communities from floods, tackling water pollution, waste fires and fly-tipping will strike from 7pm next Friday (14 April). They will be out all that weekend until 7am on the Monday morning (17 April) read more

UNISON launches its campaign for a National Care Service in England (5 Apr) – ‘Social care now needs to be moved to the front of the queue’ read more

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

UNISON Northern Ireland pauses health strike after government offer of talks (3 Apr) – Escalation of strike action ‘finally got the message through’ UNISON Northern Ireland has paused today’s planned strike action by healthcare workers following the decision by the government to come to the negotiating table. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris and Department of Health representatives have agreed to meet health unions on Wednesday. UNISON demanded confirmation that such a meeting will be a “genuine engagement” and will result in negotiation to produce a meaningful offer it can take to members. The move comes after four months of industrial action, including four full-day strikes across the health and social services system. Hundreds of healthcare staff across Northern Ireland went on strike last Friday, 31 March read more

Health workers to decide whether to take NHS wage offer or risk lengthy pay review body wait (28 Mar) – Consultation on one-off payment plus pay rise begins today. A pay consultation involving 280,000 health workers across England, who belong to UNISON, opens today (Tuesday). During the consultation exercise, UNISON is encouraging NHS staff to accept the offer, which resulted from pay talks held with unions, employers and ministers earlier this month. The vote closes on Friday 14 April read more

Orchard Day Nursery must be saved, says UNISON (22 Mar) – Staff, parents and children have been treated abominably. The owners of a Merseyside day nursery that closed without warning last weekend – leaving more than 50 staff jobless and the parents of more than 200 youngsters without childcare – must think again, says UNISON today (Wednesday). Orchard Day Nursery in Huyton shut its doors at such short notice that many workers, children and parents only found out about the permanent closure via a notice fixed to the gates, the union says. The nursery has since gone into insolvency. Its owners also operate a number of other nurseries across the north of England. The first some staff and parents knew was when the company sent an email on Saturday, announcing the immediate closure. But many remained unaware until they turned up to work or arrived to drop off their children on Monday morning, says UNISON. The shutdown chaos came just days after workers at the nursery took industrial action last week over pay. The walkout took place after the company refused to pay qualified nursery workers more than the real living wage, which is £10.90 an hour read more

Care Quality Commission staff vote to strike over pay, says UNISON (7 Mar) – Overwhelming backing for industrial action. Staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have voted to take strike action over pay, says their union UNISON today (Tuesday). More than 700 workers were balloted by UNISON, including those in the organisation’s health and social care teams and call centres, along with clerical staff and data analysts. CQC staff regulate health and social care bodies across England including hospitals, care homes, GP practices and dental surgeries ensuring the safe delivery of services. Of those who took part in the UNISON vote, 73% opted to strike and 92% for action short of a strike. This means, for example, that staff would only work to their contracts, refusing to do any overtime. UNISON is one of five unions so unhappy at the pay award imposed this year (2022/23) they decided to ask their members to vote for industrial action. The five – UNISON, PCS, Prospect, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unite – all have strike votes that have either already closed or are about to read more

Stop Hackney Council cutting library services read more about the campaign here – Hackney library staff have been taking strike action against cuts

Protest as Hackney Unison chair amongst those handed compulsory redundancies in libraries shake-up (16 Mar) – Council staff staged a protest outside Hackney Town Hall after several library staff, including Hackney Unison Branch Chair Brian Debus, were handed compulsory redundancy notices. The protest by Hackney Unison on Wednesday 15 March was also held to support striking teachers, junior doctors and Tube staff. It followed several days of strike action by Unite and Unison library workers after the council unveiled a shake-up of library services which will see 19 jobs go. Hackney Unison 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


NICS Pay Strike: 26 April (7 Apr) – The Civil Service Executive Committee met today and agreed that NIPSA members in the NICS, ALBs and NDPBs will take strike action on 26 April. Strike action on that date is also being taken by PCS, the teaching unions and other public sector trade unions. This combined action is in response to the continuing failure of Westminster and the Secretary of State to provide the funding needed to give civil and public sector workers the pay rise they need read more

Health Unions meeting with Secretary of State (7 Apr) – NIPSA, along with the other health trade unions, met with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on Wednesday 5 April to discuss the ongoing health service pay dispute. A frank exchange of views took place on pay parity between England and Northern Ireland and staff retention difficulties 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

Class Action on Behalf of Members who are TL2s in the NIHE (5 Apr) – By now, you will most likely be aware that NIPSA has been taking a formal grievance on the length of the TL2 pay scales and other related inequalities through the internal NIHE collective grievance process. We have now reached the Appeal Stage of the internal grievance. Even though both NIPSA and your Employer recognise that the length of your pay scale is far too long and is vulnerable to legal challenge, not least under Age Discrimination legislation given that it has taken members 20 years to get to the top of the 20 point scale (which is in NIPSA’s view the rate for the job), this issue remains unresolved to date. That is why NIPSA is instructing our legal team to lodge a class action under the grounds of indirect Age Discrimination, on behalf of TL2 members read more

Education Welfare Officer Members Commence Lunchtime Protests (3 Apr) – NIPSA, the leading public sector Trade Union, representing over 8,000 members in the Education Sector, announces lunchtime protests by members employed as Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) read more

NHS pay offer goes to vote

The pay offer is going to a vote in the respective unions, and there is a wide-ranging debate and discussion amongst health workers whether the offer is enough. It is being recommended by unions such as the RCN, RCM, Unison, CSP and GMB but not Unite. In addition, rank & file groups of health workers, such as ‘NHS Workers Say No’ are campaigning for a reject vote

Royal College of Nursing

Members employed by the Care Quality Commission to begin industrial action on 17 April (3 Apr) – This follows a member vote in response to the employer’s latest pay award read more

RCN ballots members on Four Seasons Health Care pay award (30 Mar) – Members employed by Four Seasons Health Care/brighterkind are encouraged to vote on the proposed 2023-24 pay offer read more

Voting opens on NHS pay offer for nursing staff in England (28 Mar) – Members employed on Agenda for Change contracts in England can now vote on whether to accept or reject the UK government’s latest pay offer read more

RCN Wales re-enters negotiations with Welsh government after Health Minister responds to RCN letter (3 Mar) – The Welsh government has agreed to further negotiations, after RCN members overwhelmingly rejected the latest NHS pay offer 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

RCM opens England pay consultation and recommends members accept (3 Apr) – Midwife and maternity support worker (MSW) members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) working in the NHS in England are being consulted on the Government’s pay offer. The online consultation opens today and closes at midnight on 25 April 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


Voting opens on NHS pay offer in England (29 May) – CSP members employed by the NHS in England are being urged to vote on the new pay offer in an online vote that opens today read more


Teachers in Northern Ireland to strike (6 Apr) – NEU Northern Ireland announces strike on 26 April. The National Education Union (NEU) has announced that its members will be going on strike on April 26, 2023 along with colleagues from other teaching unions. Teachers have not seen an uplift in pay since April 2022 decision comes after months of negotiations with the Department of Education over issues such as pay, workload, and funding for schools read more

NEU members reject Government pay offer (3 Apr) – 191,319 serving teachers in state schools in England have voted to reject Gillian Keegan’s offer in less than six days. The NEU consultative ballot on the Government’s pay offer has been rejected by an overwhelming 98% of NEU teacher members in England on a turnout of 66%. 191,319 serving teachers in state schools in England have voted to reject Gillian Keegan’s offer in less than six days. It is not surprising that the offer has been rejected. The offer was not fully funded, would have meant teachers in England would see their pay fall even further behind their counterparts in Wales and Scotland and it would represent another two years of real-terms pay cuts. It would do nothing to reverse the problems of recruitment and retention in our schools read more

Teachers’ pay campaign motion (4 Apr) the motion includes:-

Conference notes: The executive decisions to:

  • Reject the new pay offer and, if members vote to endorse the executive recommendation, give notice of two further days of strike action to employers as soon as practicable, and for those days to be Thursday 27 April and Tuesday 2 May

Conference instructs the executive to:

  • Use the period of exams from 15 May to begin a re-ballot of teacher members in England running until the end of July
  • Timetable in a 3 day strike in late June/early July to be confirmed by the executive on 18 May


“Negotiate on teachers’ pay or deal with the consequences” NASUWT warns Education Secretary (9 Apr) – The General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers Union has called on the Education Secretary to “get back around the table and negotiate a proper deal on pay” for teachers in England “or deal with the consequences.” Addressing the Union’s Annual Conference in Glasgow, Dr Patrick Roach condemned the “contemptuous” pay offer made to teachers in England which has been rejected by NASUWT members 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

Drop fire and rehire plans or face industrial action, Glasgow school warned (3 Apr) – The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is warning employers at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow that it has one last chance to avert industrial action over attempts to ‘fire and rehire’ teachers. Employers at the school, where the new First Minister Humza Yousaf was a pupil, are attempting to impose an inferior pension scheme on teachers read more

Members to take strike action in Northern Ireland (3 Apr) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union will take strike action In Northern Ireland on Wednesday 26 April over the failure to offer teachers and Further Education lecturers a fair and decent pay award. The strike action follows a half day of strike action in schools on the 21 February and coincides with a further escalation of action short of strike action which begins in schools today (3 April). NASUWT members in Northern Ireland’s Further Education colleges will join their school teacher colleagues in taking strike action. The Union has announced the full day of strike in furtherance of our campaigns for a Better Deal for Teachers and Lecturers read more

Teachers at Plymouth school take strike action over workload and working hours (29 Mar) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Plympton Academy in Plymouth will be taking the first of six planned days of strike action tomorrow (Thursday) over the failure of school leaders to address excessive working hours and workload which are adversely affecting the wellbeing of teaching staff. The current arrangements for managing teachers’ working hours are driving up workload and undermining teachers’ professionalism read more

Teachers at Swansea school to take more strike action (29 Mar) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Clydach Primary School in Swansea will have taken five days of strike action over the failure of the Governing Body to settle a dispute over inadequate management at the school by the end of this week. The Union has now decided that lack of progress warrants an escalation of the dispute and the school is to be given notice of 6 more days of strike action. Members at the school are taking action as a result of the failure of the local authority and school governors to act to address serious longstanding management failings on the part of the permanent headteacher. These include the bullying of staff, failure to take appropriate responsibility for managing and leading teaching and learning, failure to fulfil duties around safeguarding the health and safety of pupils and staff and a failure to adequately meet the professional standards teachers expect of a school leader read more

Teachers at Denbighshire school strike over excessive workload (27 Mar) – Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Ysgol Brynhyfryd in Rhuthin, Denbighshire will be taking the first of three planned days of strike action tomorrow (Tuesday) over adverse management practices which are affecting teachers’ workload, working conditions and wellbeing. Members at the school are taking action as a result of the failure of the local authority and school governors to act to address serious workload issues. These include an excessive marking and assessment policy that the Union has sought to reasonably amend, but with little result 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


School leaders vote overwhelmingly to reject government’s ‘inadequate and unaffordable’ pay offer (5 Apr) – School leaders in England have voted overwhelmingly to reject the offer put forward by the government on teacher pay. School leaders’ union NAHT closed its online consultative ballot at 5pm on Tuesday 4th April, a week after it opened. 64% of its eligible membership responded, with 90% voting to reject the offer. 92% said the offer was unaffordable, saying they did not have the headroom in their budget to be able to afford the proposed pay offer for the next academic year (2023/24) read more

NAHT Northern Ireland to take strike action in industrial dispute (3 Apr) – For the first time in its 125 year history, members of school leaders’ union, NAHT, will strike over pay. NAHT Northern Ireland will join the other teaching unions in strike action on 26 April read more

NAHT takes first step towards judicial review proceedings against Ofsted following its failure to pause inspections (31 Mar) – Today (Friday 31st March), school leaders’ union NAHT has written to His Majesty’s Chief Inspector to demand a suspension of Ofsted inspections while steps are taken to address the risk to the mental health of school staff and enable suicide risk prevention to be put in place. The letter is the first step in judicial review proceedings and cites Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which imposes obligations on public authorities to take reasonable steps where there is a real and immediate risk of a loss of life. NAHT argues that the recent death of Ruth Perry, and the citing of Ofsted inspections as a factor in the deaths of 10 teachers*, indicates the human rights of school staff are not being protected by the current Ofsted regime and that immediate action is needed to minimise harm and protect lives. NAHT has called on Ofsted to pause inspections whilst a review is carried out to identify and put in place immediate measures to minimise the risk of harm to school staff 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 Gives Notice to Hutchesons’ Grammar School of Statutory Ballot for Strike Action (31 Mar) – Hutchesons’ Grammar School, an independent school in Glasgow, issued letters to teaching staff saying they need to agree new contracts, with detrimental pension provision, by 14th April or their contracts will be terminated as they would have been deemed to have ‘resigned’. With only two working days’ notice, EIS members have been told they will be sacked and replaced if they don’t sign the contract. EIS Reps have asked the Rector if he would be willing to meet with trade union Reps in order to negotiate regarding the pension proposal. There has been no response from the School read more

EIS Opens Ballot for Industrial Action at City of Glasgow College (21 Mar) – City of Glasgow College lecturers are now voting on whether to take industrial action over the College’s plans to reduce the number of lecturing staff, reduce the amount of teaching time per student, and burden lecturers with more classes in a bid to reduce costs. An industrial action ballot of EIS Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) is now open, and runs until 17th April read more

EIS Opens Statutory Industrial Action Ballot for Scotland’s FE Lecturers (20 Mar) – A statutory ballot for industrial action opened  across Scotland’s 26 Further Education colleges, as college lecturers seek to secure a fair pay award. Members of the EIS-Further Education Lecturers Association (EIS-FELA) are being balloted following a lack of progress in negotiations at the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC), where college employers have failed to improve on an offer of a 2% salary uplift that was rejected by negotiators before Christmas. The statutory ballot runs from 20th March until 13th April. Members of the EIS-FELA are being asked to indicate a willingness to engage in both strike action and Action Short of Strike (ASOS) read more


SSTA ready to Boycott the SQA Exams next year (30 Mar) – The SQA has announced that National Qualifications course assessments in session 2023-24 will return to full requirements – including reinstating coursework and exam assessment and the National 4 added value unit read more


Teacher unions unite for a full-day strike (3 Apr) – The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) and four other teacher unions – NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and UTU have announced a full-day strike on Wednesday, 26 April 2023. The announcement coincides with an escalation of Action Short of Strike which commences today read more


University staff renew strike mandate with historic ballot result (3 Apr) – UCU today announced it has successfully renewed its strike mandate at UK universities for a further six months, telling employers that ‘university staff are in the driving seat.’ In the pay and working condition ballot, the yes vote for strike action was 85.6% and the turnout was 56.4%. In the pension ballot, the yes vote for strike action was 89% and the turnout was 58.4%. In both disputes, the yes vote is up on the previous ballot. Staff also voted yes overwhelmingly for action short of strike in both ballots and UCU will now begin preparations to serve notice for a marking and assessment boycott. Tomorrow, UCU will also begin a consultation with its members over new proposals put forward by employers. The ballot results mean the union is able to call further strike action at 150 universities across the UK should university staff decide it is required. 70,000 staff began strike action in November last year in the long running disputes over pay, working conditions and pension cuts. Employers made commitments to restore cuts made to pension benefits but have already begun implementing a pay offer of 5-8% that was rejected by UCU and other campus unions. Employers have also proposed time limited negotiations to reach agreements over casualisation, workloads and equality pay gaps read more

Strike action on the cards at Barnet & Southgate College as staff vote for industrial action over low pay (3 Apr) – Staff at Barnet and Southgate College have voted to take industrial action in a long-running dispute over low pay and workload, the University and College Union (UCU) announced today (Monday). Staff were balloted last month and voted 96% in favour of strike action on a turnout of 67%. Staff have already taken three days of strike action 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 “pitiful” pay award of just 2.5% for 2022/23 read more

Strikes loom as Sheffield College staff reject derisory pay offer (22 Mar) – Staff at Sheffield College have overwhelmingly voted to reject a derisory 3.5% pay offer for 2023/24. Staff were consulted on the offer in an e-ballot. Turnout was over 50% and more than 81% of those who voted said they would not accept it. Staff have already taken four days of strike action this year over the college’s 2022/23 pay offer of just 2.5% after winning a strike ballot. The union paused strike action to enter into Acas mediated talks with the employer but were only offered an additional £100 one off payment. UCU’s ballot result means it is able to call further action. The college has more than £90m in reserves with over £14m cash in the bank. UCU is demanding a pay rise of 4.5% for 23/24, which would cost the college just £1.6m read more

City College Norwich staff to strike over huge real terms pay cut (6 Mar) – Staff at City College Norwich will strike on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March over a huge real terms pay cut. The announcement comes after an overwhelming 88% of UCU members who voted said yes to strike action in an industrial ballot. Turnout was an incredible 73%. In January City 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

Staff strike at Havant and South Downs College over low pay (21 Feb) – Staff at Havant and South Downs College will strike for two consecutive days tomorrow and Thursday in a dispute over low pay amid the cost-of-living crisis. The strike comes after 76% of UCU members who voted said yes to strike action. The turnout was 53%, surpassing the 50% threshold imposed by Tory anti-trade union laws, despite the ballot only being open for two weeks. The National Education Union (NEU) also balloted members at the college with a similar result. 79% of NEU members voted for strike action with a 58% turnout and will be joining both days of strikes read more

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


New report shows firefighters exposed to PFAS chemicals – FBU responds (4 Apr) – A new report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulator has produced more evidence that firefighters are exposed to PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are also known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they do not naturally break down. These chemicals are a serious health risk and cause significant environmental harm. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. In this report, the HSE identifies hazardous exposure to these chemicals as ‘occupational’ for 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

Merseyside firefighters start action short of strike – Merseyside firefighters, control members and Green Book staff are commencing industrial action in the form of refusing to undertake pre-arranged overtime on Thursday 1st December for a period of up to 6 months read more


NHS pay offer – indicative ballot: Rampton, Ashworth and Broadmoor (3 Apr) – Following lengthy discussions between the NHS Staff Council and the employer a formal offer has been made to all staff who are subject to Agenda for Change pay and terms and conditions… During the pay negotiations, which POA were not part of due to our Observer status, all NHS unions with the exception of Unite agreed to recommend members acceptance of the pay offer.  The POA will not make a recommendation regarding this additional payment for 2022/2023 or the new offer for 2023/2024 as the POA believes it is for members to make the decision whether to accept or not read more


BFAWU Launches New Recruitment Film! (30 Mar) – We are proud to present our new recruitment video, where BFAWU members and reps talk about why they joined and love our union! Read more

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


National World seeks to impose 4.5 per cent pay offer (4 Apr) – The publisher has opened its annual pay talks with the offer of a below-inflation pay rise, adding that it will only negotiate on how the total pot is distributed in each area. The National Union of Journalists has expressed disappointment at National World’s failure to enter into meaningful talks on a fair pay deal with the union, with the purpose of addressing historic pay inequalities at the company read more

NUJ responds to BBC over local radio cuts (1 Apr) – The NUJ is happy to correct its figures and instead note that large parts of England will have less than half the 100 hour output per week that is specific to their local area. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said: “The #BBC have challenged the #NUJ’s statement decrying its plans that will see BBC local radio output plummet to just 40 hours per week. They have said that this is inaccurate and misleading, and confirmed that the actual minimum figure in local radio content will in fact be just 48 hours per week, when you factor some extra sports coverage that will take place across a week in some areas. The NUJ is happy to stand corrected and reiterates its deep concern and opposition to the BBC’s plans to lay waste to BBC Local radio output – slashing it in large parts of England to less than half the 100 hour output per week that local communities currently enjoy and rely upon.” Read more

Second BBC strike over cuts to radio will coincide with local elections (31 Mar) – BBC journalists in England have announced a second 24-hour strike from midnight on Friday 5 May to coincide with the reporting of local election results, over cuts to local radio. BBC management wants local radio stations to share programmes across the network from 2pm on weekdays and at weekends, going from more than 100 hours of local programming on every radio station every week, down to just 40.  The plans will result in a number of job losses and journalists are now having to re-apply for their own jobs. The union says the proposals will slowly kill off local radio which has 5.7m loyal listeners. The first strike took place on Budget day, on March 15, and was followed by a work to rule which is already having a significant impact, proving just how much output depends on goodwill and working extra hours by the staff. This came to the fore when the late TV bulletin last week was moved to 11pm and because of the work to rule NUJ members walked out leading to most of the 11 regional bulletins being affected in some way read more

NUJ to ballot members for industrial action over radical changes at BBC Radio Foyle (24 Mar) – The National Union of Journalists is to ballot for industrial action following a decision of management at BBC Northern Ireland to enforce radical changes to the morning programme schedule at BBC Radio Foyle. In changes announced today, the current two-hour Morning Show on Radio Foyle is to be replaced by a 30-minute programme. The union had been engaged in negotiations on the proposed changes but on Monday management abandoned the process and decided to press ahead with changes, despite consideration progress in the talks. 10 staff based at BBC Radio Foyle remain at risk of redundancy read more


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Vodafone’s outsourced migrant cleaners storm Oxford Street store to demand sick pay and a liveable wage (27 Mar) – Migrant workers who clean Vodafone’s head offices assembled at their flagship Oxford Street store for a surprise protest demanding fair pay and proper sick pay. The action came from cleaners represented by the Independent Workers’ union of Great Britain, and marks an escalation in their ongoing campaign against Vodafone’s exploitation of outsourced workers read more


Join the strike wave at the UVW Striker’s Assembly in April (29 Mar) – United Voices of the World (UVW) union is inviting members and supporters to participate in a Striker’s Assembly on Saturday 15 April. UVW is set to ballot 16 workplaces simultaneously, across 9 different employers, to take part in coordinated strike action this summer. Workplaces where UVW members will take part in the mass coordinated strike include Amazon warehouses, Mercedes showrooms, the London School of Economics, the Department for Education, a prestigious south London private school, Sage Nursing Home, luxury flats and major office blocks. This is set to be UVW’s largest strike yet read more

Mandate (Ireland)

Corrib Oil workers say thanks to Ballinasloe public (4 Apr) – The workers at Corrib Oil, Ballinasloe, have thanked the Ballinasloe public for their fantastic support for their strike last Saturday. It’s understood, that despite the fuel station reducing its prices to counteract the strike, its turnover was significantly down because of the huge support from the public in Ballinasloe and its environs read more

Workers at Corrib Oil, Ballinasloe, to strike again from 6.30am on Saturday over company’s refusal to recognise their right to be represented by Mandate Trade Union (29 Mar) – Union expresses deep concern at company’s divisive tactics which are hardening attitudes rather than resolving the dispute. Staff at the Corrib Oil filling station in Ballinasloe will strike again from 6.30am to 10pm on Saturday (1 April) over the company’s refusal to recognise their right to be represented by the Mandate Trade Union. John Carty, Mandate’s Western Divisional Organiser, expressed deep concern at Corrib Oil Ballinasloe’s divisive tactics which are hardening attitudes amongst their staff rather than resolving the issues in the dispute read more

SIPTU (Ireland)

Unions to attend WRC to discuss pay for staff in community and voluntary health and care services (6 Apr) – The three unions representing staff working in community and voluntary sector agencies funded by the HSE – Fórsa, the INMO and SIPTU – have confirmed the unions will attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on Monday 17th April. The WRC meeting will mark the commencement of conciliation talks on the long-standing problem of pay terms for staff working in HSE-funded agencies providing health and care services read more

Fight blacklisting and victimisation of union reps

Support Lee Fowler – Another blacklisted construction worker sacked after making complaints about safety on site

Solidarity with Lee Fowler, who has been dismissed by the electrical contractor Bilfinger after he raised safety issues at the Cargill’s Refinery site in Merseyside (next to the new Everton football stadium construction project). The experienced and highly qualified electrician made several complaints about unsafe working conditions and helped four co-workers to obtain a pay rise.

Lee Fowler commented after his dismissal: “I got the four lads a 14% pay rise and I raised health and safety concerns about the site. I was involved in a serious accident myself, and the subsequent report found no blame on my part whatsoever. I have repeatedly asked to see the safety documents relating to my accident, and that request has been repeatedly denied.  And for that I was dismissed? I have fought for workers’ health and safety for over 30 years: they won’t silence me!”

Lee Fowler is a member of Unite the Union who are representing him. Frank Morris and Tony Seaman, UNITE Executive Council members for construction issued a joint statement: “It is really disappointing that in 2023, we continue to see workers who are prepared to raise genuine concerns about safety being targeted. Despite all that was promised by major contractors in the High Court in 2016, this issue continues to blight our members lives. Blacklisting is one of the reasons that the construction sector has such a horrendous safety record. We cannot stand by and watch union members be repeatedly victimised. Unite will never stop fighting the harassment faced by workers who stand up for their rights. An injury to one is an injury to all”.

Blacklist Support Group posted on their Facebook page: Lee Fowler is a leading member of the Blacklist Support Group – having first been blacklisted after becoming an OILC safety rep in the North Sea in the early 90s.

Construction workers who raise concerns about potential hazards that could affect people on site and the surrounding community should be applauded. The industry has glossy posters that encourage workers to speak out. But time and again, workers who are conscientious about safety get sacked. Get your banners ready, another blacklisting dispute is about to kick off.

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

Crossrail ‘blacklisting’ case to conclude with open court statement read more

#SPYCops Inquiry exposes state surveillance of workers movement

Blacklisting of workers and union infiltration by Spy Cops a dark stain on the police and ‘no stone must be left unturned’ in learning the full truth (23 Feb) – Unite, the UK’s leading union, is demanding that no stone is left unturned in discovering the full extent of the Special Demonstration Squad’s (Spy Cops) role in blacklisting workers and infiltrating trade unions. In the closing statements to the first tranche of the Mittings Inquiry into Undercover Policing, Dave Barr KC the counsel to the inquiry, for the first time accepted that information on individuals who were spied upon was frequently passed to employers and that spy cops infiltrated unions and spied on their members as part of their cover. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Finally it has been admitted what our members have always said. For decades not only were workers secretly spied upon by undercover police officers, for no good reason, but information was then frequently leaked to employers who used it to blacklist workers. Now the inquiry has finally accepted that blacklisting frequently occurred, no stone must be left unturned in discovering the true scale of blacklisting by the spy cops and reveal who in authority gave the green light for this. Equally there must be complete exposure of the infiltration of trade unions including answers as to why it happened and who considered it acceptable. This is the very minimum that workers and their families, who had the lives destroyed by blacklisting, deserve.” 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.


(From Unison website) Trade unionist Gonul Erden released from prison in Turkey (6 Apr) read more

(From Unison website) UNISON opposes school demolition in West Bank (3 Apr) read more

(From NUJ website) Hong Kong: journalists report multiple stalking and harassment incidents (4 Apr) read more



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