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Strike action is currently causing severe disruption to the National Health Service after junior doctors began strike action earlier today. It was also announced yesterday that London will, once again, be crippled by more Tube strikes as rail unions continue to fight the proposed ‘night tube’ service

Bus drivers take to the streets today to demand collective bargaining

Hundreds of London’s bus drivers, all members of the UK’s largest union Unite, will take to the streets today (Thursday 11 September) to voice their concerns over the continual erosion of their terms and conditions and to demand a reinstatement of collective bargaining for all bus drivers across London. The union’s 25,000 bus driver members,…

1million local authority employees strike today as new research claims they are £2,245 worse off in real terms

Since the government took office, ministers have either frozen public sector pay or limited pay increases to well below the cost of living, leaving local government workers, NHS staff, teachers, firefighters, civil servants and other public servants on average £2,245 worse off in real terms, says the TUC. The figures have been published on the…

Argos staff to strike over changes to work/life balance

About 1,000 warehouse staff employed by Argos at five distribution centres will strike for 24 hours on Friday (4 July) in a dispute over terms and conditions which will mean increased weekend working, adversely impacting on family life. Unite, the country’s largest union that represents the workers, predicts that the disruption to customer deliveries by…

If 40 Technicians choose to strike, then whole Underground faces Bank Holiday closure

The London Underground faces a complete close down this bank holiday weekend, as the workers, who control the power to run the trains, prepare to strike in a dispute over pay differentials. The 40 technicians, mostly members of Unite, the country’s largest union, are based at the power control room in Blackfriars Road, London, SE1…

Greenwich council accused of ‘bullying culture’

Occupational therapists (OTs) at Greenwich council, fed up with an alleged ‘bullying culture’, are gearing up to vote for strike action. The eleven therapists, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, will start voting on whether to take strike action or industrial action short of a strike on 28 April. The ballot closes on 7 May.…

Eleanor Rogers: Strike season and childcare – how to come out on top

The latest tube strike may have been called off, but there is another strike planned just around the corner. This time, teachers plan to walk out on 26 March over pay, pensions and conditions. They blame Michael Gove’s persistent refusal to address their complaints. In the past we have seen that teachers’ strikes can be…

From Grangemouth to Goodyear – how Trade Unions have upped their game

Trade Unions have always trodden the fine line between lawful and unlawful behaviour. Even the statute books anticipate that Unions cross the line often enough to legislate over it. Intimidation, conspiracy, and causing breaches of contracts are specific examples of prohibited behaviour – as if it isn’t already obvious that Trade Unions should not partake…

Callum Murray: Behind the scenes of industrial disputes

‘Rationalisation’, ‘restructuring’ and ‘sustainability’ are three key terms referred to within press releases and speeches in the House of Commons last week; however, for those within the shipbuilding industry, based in Portsmouth and Glasgow, ‘job losses’, ‘cuts’ and ‘redundancy’ might well be the words ringing in their ears. Following last week’s announcements by BAE Systems around…

University staff will take strike action on 3rd December

University staff across the UK will walk out for a second day of strike action on Tuesday 3 December, announced trade unions representing university staff. The three unions, UNISON, Unite and the University and College Union (UCU), that took strike action on Thursday 31 October confirmed their members would walk out again in three weeks’…