Strikes across the NHS edge closer as latest industrial action ballot begins

Around 350,000 NHS employees, working for more than 250 health trusts and boards across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, are being asked to vote for strike action over pay this winter from today, says UNISON. Porters, nurses, security guards, paramedics, cleaners, midwives, occupational therapists and other NHS staff across the rest of the UK join […]

Refuse workers hold signs reading: 'Fair pay now'

Poverty pay sparks fear of bin strikes in east Suffolk

Bins could go uncollected across east Suffolk unless council chiefs put an end to poverty pay, warns UNISON today. Refuse staff working for East Suffolk Norse are threatening to go on strike if bosses do not deliver a swift pay rise. They have already voted overwhelmingly for action in a consultative ballot. Staff will now […]

Veolia workers outside the Mead Park depot

Harlow refuse workers call off strikes after improved pay offer

Harlow’s refuse workers have called off summer strike action after employer Veolia improved its pay offer and committed to a new collective agreement. An overwhelming 97% of workers backed walkouts after enduring years of below-inflation deals, including 0% in 2021 and 0.4% in 2020, leaving loaders barely above the legal minimum wage. Workers rejected Veolia’s […]

Harlow's refuse workers ready for action

Harlow’s refuse workers could strike over pay

Refuse workers in Harlow will vote on strike action after rejecting a pay offer that fails to keep up with the rising cost of living, UNISON announces today. The union has told contractor Veolia that workers at the Mead Park depot will start voting on industrial action unless the firm commits to come to the […]

Northern Ireland’s lessons for today’s struggles

UNISON Eastern activists were treated to an inspiring webinar last night, as leaders of the 2019 Northern Ireland NHS strikes told their industrial success story. Becky Tye, our regional convenor, welcomed Northern Ireland counterpart James Large and UNISON Northern Ireland health committee joint chairs Maura McKenna and Conor McCarthy for the webinar and Q&A. Attendees […]

Victory for Princess Alexandra domestics on eve of strike

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow today called off six days of planned strikes after their employer dropped plans to outsource their jobs. The Trust had been market testing its cleaning and catering services with the aim of putting them out to tender, claiming just last week that it would take until at least […]

Harlow hospital cleaners vote on strikes against outsourcing plan

Cleaners at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow are voting on strike action over bosses’ plans to privatise domestic services and kick them out of the NHS, UNISON says today. The domestics warn that patients will suffer if their jobs are transferred out of the NHS as a new private company would cut corners to make […]

Environment Agency workers balloted after real-terms pay cut imposed

Environment Agency workers are being balloted on industrial action after bosses imposed a miserly 1.3% pay deal. The government agency told staff it would force them to accept the below-inflation offer after UNISON members voted to reject it by an overwhelming 91%. With inflation running at 3.3%, the offer is in reality a 2% pay […]

UCU and UNISON back strike action by further education college staff

24 February 2016 Thousands of staff at further education colleges across the east of England are set to walk out today (Wednesday) causing major disruption to lessons. Lecturers, librarians, technicians, cleaners and caretakers who belong to UNISON and the University and College Union (UCU) are among those taking part in the one-day strike over pay. […]