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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…

HR Director freed after being ‘boss-napped’ in France

Workers at a Goodyear tyre factory in Amiens, France on Monday took the HR Director, Bernard Glaser and the production manager, Michel Dheilly captive in the latest round of French ‘boss-napping’. Taking executives hostage was a popular tactic in France particularly in 2009 with the likes of 3M, Caterpillar and Sony all experiencing problems. Yesterdays…

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’…

Woolies and Ethel Austin workers Court of Appeal hearing timetabled

Shopworkers trade union leader John Hannett has welcomed the timetabling of a Court of Appeal hearing in which the Government is trying to stop former employees of Woolworth’s and Ethel Austin from receiving justice. It will be on 21 or 22 January 2014. John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “We remain disappointed that the Government…

Shopworkers don´t report the majority of threats and abuse they receive

Usdaw survey results show that many shopworkers are suffering violence, threats and abuse in silence. The shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw has launched a report on violence, threats and abuse faced by their members at work. The report is part of Usdaw’s Freedom From Fear Campaign and is available on the Usdaw website. Whilst there has…

Thousands of frontline NHS staff will benefit from unique agreement

NHS Property Services is leading the way with its support to staff through training and development. Chief Executive Simon Holden and national representatives from the company’s four union partners – the GMB, MiP, Unison and Unite – have jointly signed a Union Learning Agreement, setting out a framework for how they will promote training and…

Unions criticised for not defending staff in ETs

The Secretary-General of the Federation of European Employers (FedEE), has criticised trade unions for not defending employees in Employment Tribunals. FedEE supports the extension from one to two years of the service period required in the UK before employees may claim unfair dismissal. Drawing from recent experience in the Spanish economy, Robin Chater pointed out…

Employees balloted after union rejects pay offer

Around 750 IT staff who work across five government departments have been balloted for strike action after their union rejected a pay offer from their employer. The IT workers, who are employed by Fujitsu, work on contracts at HM Revenue & Customs, the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Office for National Statistics and…