Colchester’s bins, leisure services and crematoriums could be hit by strikes

Workers in Colchester’s bin depots, leisure centres and crematoriums are voting on strikes over the city council’s refusal to offer a decent pay rise, UNISON warns today. Colchester staff had asked for an above-inflation pay rise to make up for years of wages failing to keep pace with the rising cost of living. But the […]

University of Bedfordshire staff join coordinated strike action over pay

Support staff at the University of Bedfordshire will join workers at 20 universities in England and Scotland in coordinated strikes for a decent pay rise, says UNISON today. More than 5,000 staff across the country could take part as they escalate their demand for a fair wage rise after many years of below-inflation increases. Staff […]

Huntingdonshire Council staff to strike over poor pay

Staff at Huntingdonshire District Council are threatening to take a week of strike action later this month as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, says their union UNISON today. Earlier this year, the council gave its employees a pay rise of 4% plus a one-off payment of £1,000. Then last month, council managers made […]

A person wearing a UNISON official picket armband

High Court finds strike-breaking legislation unlawful following UNISON case

Employers can no longer use agency staff to fill in for striking workers during industrial action after the High Court ruled that government legislation introduced last year is unlawful, says UNISON today. The important judgment handed down this morning follows successful judicial review proceedings lodged by UNISON and other TUC unions last autumn. For more […]

A large group of Serco workers on the pickets lines

Norfolk refuse strikes off after workers win huge pay deal

Serco workers in North Norfolk and Breckland have accepted a double-digit pay rise, putting an end to the threat of more refuse strikes, UNISON announced today. Refuse, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and cleansing workers approved the two-year deal that includes a 20% rise for the lowest-paid staff. HGV drivers have won a new basic rate […]

UNISON members stand around a brazier on the picket line

East of England ambulance workers announce first strike over pay

East of England ambulance staff will strike next month in their first day of action in the spiralling dispute over NHS pay, says UNISON Eastern today. The union says the strike on Wednesday 8 March is a serious escalation of the dispute and a direct result of the government’s failure to hold proper pay talks […]

Refuse workers hold signs reading: 'Fair pay now'

East Suffolk refuse workers vote on strikes

Refuse workers across east Suffolk are voting on strike action over a pay offer that fails to address years of stagnant wages, says UNISON today. The union is urging Norfolk County Council-owned Norse and East Suffolk Council, which are jointly responsible for the contract, to make an improved offer and avoid disruption to residents. Workers […]

Harlow refuse workers vote for strike action

Veolia must now come to the negotiating table with an improved