Strike action

Birmingham council apologises to union over waste dispute comments

30/04/2019

Birmingham City Council has apologised to Unite the Union over comments made during the recent protracted dispute with refuse collectors.

Council employees balloted for strike action

15/04/2019

Newham council workers are threatening the council with strike action after the authority proposed a new pay structure that would lead to cuts.

Dundee council workers threaten strike action

02/04/2019

Dundee City Council workers have voted in support of industrial action in response to local authority cuts.

Birmingham council and union ‘welcome’ end to refuse dispute

18/03/2019

Refuse collectors who took part in strikes in Birmingham are to be given £3,500 each in a settlement which both sides say has ended the long-running dispute.

Birmingham refuse strike called off

04/03/2019

Unions called off a planned strike by refuse collectors in Birmingham today after the city council lost a bid to have the action declared illegal.

Birmingham's winter of discontent

15/02/2019

With a series of one-day strikes to go ahead in Birmingham, Mark Whitehead explores what led to this long-running dispute over waste collection.

Union refused an injunction over ongoing bin dispute

15/02/2019

A series of one-day strikes by refuse collectors in Birmingham is set to go ahead next week after a legal challenge by the Unite union failed.

Union seeks injunction against Birmingham in long-running bin dispute

07/02/2019

Unite is taking high court legal action against Birmingham City Council for operating refuse vehicles without safety critical role.

Hundreds of Birmingham refuse workers to strike ‘weekly’

05/02/2019

Over 300 refuse workers have announced they will begin two days of strike action a week in an escalation of the ongoing industrial dispute with the council.

Glasgow strike settlement: a bumpy road ahead

24/01/2019

Mark Whitehead explores the challenges facing Glasgow City Council following its agreement to settle the £500m equal pay deal.

Council pay offer rejected as union moves towards strike action

09/11/2018

The 3% pay offer for council workers in Scotland has been rejected by members of Unison Scotland.

Glasgow - peace on the horizon?

05/11/2018

Mark Whitehead explores the complexities of an equal pay dispute that led to thousands of women striking last month in Glasgow.

Council pension fund forum calls for Ryanair chair to step down

29/10/2018

An association of council pension funds has called for the replacement of Ryanair’s chair and has urged Michael O’Leary to set out his succession plans.

Glasgow and unions agree meetings to resolve dispute

26/10/2018

Talks following the two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week were described as positive and constructive by both sides.

Hopes emerge as talks resume following Glasgow strike

25/10/2018

Mark Whitehead explores what led thousands of council staff to strike in Glasgow this week.

Glasgow CC offers ‘olive branch’ in equal pay row

25/10/2018

Talks were taking place today in a bid to settle the equal pay row that led to a two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week.

Equal pay strike closes council facilities and hundreds of schools

24/10/2018

Unions were today claiming the strike by 8,000 women staff in Glasgow over equal pay was solid and council facilities had shut down as other workers refused to cross picket lines.

Breaking: Council affected by secondary strike action

23/10/2018

The strike by 8,000 women staff in Glasgow over equal pay appeared to be escalating on day one as more workers downed tools to show their support.

Council strike over equal pay goes ahead

23/10/2018

One of the biggest strikes in the UK over equal pay went ahead this morning as thousands of women walked out in the dispute with Glasgow City Council.

Council staff to strike over equal pay claims

22/10/2018

Thousands of women at one of the UK's biggest councils are set to walk out on strike for two days this week over equal pay.

Unions offered new pay rise to avert strike action

14/09/2018

A new pay offer has been put forward by councils in Scotland in a bid to avert industrial action.

Union members to strike at Scottish council over 'savage cuts'

07/06/2018

A third union has voted to take industrial action at East Dunbartonshire Council over proposed changes to terms and conditions including cuts in holiday entitlement.

Outsourced council staff strike over sick pay

09/05/2018

Workers employed under an outsourced council contract to sort out waste for recycling have entered the second week of a strike over sick pay.

Scottish council workers vote to strike against ‘unacceptable cuts’

24/04/2018

Workers at East Dunbartonshire Council yesterday voted for industrial action against ‘unacceptable cuts’ to staff terms and conditions.

Bromley library staff strike over ‘paltry’ pay offer

28/03/2018

A number of Bromley’s library staff went on strike today in response to what their union describes as a ‘paltry and insulting’ pay offer.

Home carers take Christmas vote to strike

22/12/2017

Care home workers in Birmingham have balloted to go on strike in protest at job losses and new shift patterns.

Union suspends industrial action in Birmingham bin dispute

21/09/2017

Unite has suspended industrial action after the High Court ordered Birmingham City Council to withdraw redundancy notices it had served on 113 refuse workers.

Agreement ending teaching assistant pay dispute in Derby collapses

18/09/2017

An agreement aimed at ending a long-running pay dispute between teaching assistants and Derby council has fallen through raising the threat of further strikes.

Birmingham CC leader’s future in question over bin dispute

05/09/2017

Birmingham City Council leader was battling for his political survival today as he faced down calls to quit over the long-running bin dispute.

Birmingham bin strike to resume after council issues redundancy notices

01/09/2017

Bin workers in Birmingham are back on strike today after an agreement reached with the city council appeared to fall

Birmingham officers in warning over bin deal

25/08/2017

A row is brewing between Birmingham City Council’s management and senior councillors over how to end the long-running industrial dispute with bin men.

Long-running bin strike in Birmingham is called off

17/08/2017

The seven-week bin strike in Birmingham has been suspended after trade union Unite agreed to further negotiations with the council.

Birmingham bin strike could last until Christmas, union warns

14/08/2017

Birmingham City Council has publicly apologised to residents affected by an ongoing bin strike which could last until December.

Council publishes new pay offer to teaching assistants

20/06/2017

Proposals aimed at ending a long-running dispute with teaching assistants in Durham could mean more than three quarters of the staff being given a pay rise.

Council strike averted under new trade union rules

02/06/2017

Industrial action in Scotland over local government pay has been scuppered after a ballot by Unison failed to reach the minimum threshold of the new Trade Union Act.

Refuse collection workers threaten strikes in Birmingham

31/05/2017

Refuse workers in Birmingham have started voting on strike action amid accusations of financial mismanagement and an overspend by the council of nearly £10m.

Wales introduces amendment to protect public sector right to strike

10/05/2017

The Welsh government will introduce a Bill amendment designed to ensure agency workers cannot be recruited to cover the work of public sector employees during industrial action.

Trade union ballots members over strike action

11/04/2017

Scotland’s largest local government trade union is to ballot its members over possible strike action after rejecting the latest pay offer from town halls.

Teaching assistants end long-running pay dispute with council

06/04/2017

Teaching assistants in Derby have voted overwhelmingly to end a ten-month campaign of strike action over pay and working time.

Glasgow council's industrial dispute over IT privatisation resolved

20/01/2017

A dispute over Glasgow City Council’s moves to privatise IT provision has been resolved with union members voting to accept a deal that protects ‘jobs, terms and conditions and current employment status’.

Derby council ‘pointlessly escalating’ pay dispute, union claims

21/10/2016

A union has accused Derby council of ‘inflaming tensions’ over a pay dispute with school support staff, while teaching assistants vote for industrial action in Durham.

London traffic wardens on strike over pay dispute

22/09/2016

Traffic wardens in Hackney have declared a 24 hour strike as part of a pay and victimisation dispute.

Cardiff seeking to protect rights of public sector workers

14/09/2016

The Welsh government has launched proposals to protect the rights of public sector workers in Wales.

Number of staff striking fell to an all-time low last year

02/08/2016

The number of workers taking part in strike action fell to a record low last year, according to official statistics.

Cleansing staff to be balloted on strike action

26/07/2016

Members of the GMB Union at North Lanarkshire Council are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over pay cuts.

Glasgow council workers vote to strike over new conditions

20/05/2016

Members of the GMB union at Glasgow City Council have voted to strike over changes to working arrangements which they say could cost them up to £500 a year each.

Union warns about industrial action over pay deal

12/04/2016

Trade union Unison has warned it will consider taking industrial action after its members rejected the two-year pay offer.

Strikes threatened over slashing of children’s services in PM’s constituency

15/01/2016

Union members threaten strike action over dramatic council cuts to children’s services.

Doncaster council strike averted

04/09/2015

Strike action in Doncaster has been called off, which would have seen up to 200 council staff walk out on the opening day of the St Leger Festival.

Strike plans spark fears of 'stinking bins' in borough

14/08/2015

A borough has been warned it could face 'stinking bins' as 100 refuse collectors plan two days of strikes over a pay dispute.

Unions launch blistering attack on Government’s strike law overhaul

15/07/2015

Unions have warned that a planned Government overhaul of strike laws will make it ‘virtually impossible’ for public sector staff to confront ‘bad employers’.

Union paves the way for illegal strike action

13/07/2015

Britain’s largest union has erased a clause in its rulebook requiring strikes to remain legal, ahead of the introduction of tighter controls on industrial action.

Council urged to vote against £10m property ‘gamble’

26/06/2015

A trade union has launched a scathing attack on proposals for a council to spend millions on ‘property speculation’ instead of local services.

Union could defy strike laws

15/06/2015

The head of Britain’s largest trade union has said he is not ruling out staging illegal strikes if the Government launches tougher rules on industrial action.

Trade unions blast strike action reforms

28/05/2015

Trade unions have hit out at Government plans to raise the threshold for strike action, announced in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.

Queen's speech 2015: Tougher laws on strike action

27/05/2015

The Conservatives have pledged to ‘protect essential public services against strikes’, using today’s Queen’s Speech to confirm it will set a tougher threshold for industrial action.

Refuse drivers strike in Barking and Dagenham over payments

01/05/2015

An eight-day strike by refuse drivers in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham went ahead today over wage cuts.

Council Tories hit back over 14 day strike fears

22/04/2015

A London borough’s Conservative Group has branded a planned 14-day staff strike over outsourcing fears as ‘left wing dogma’.

No more pay cuts for public sector staff, vow Lib Dems

22/04/2015

Liberal Democrats have promised to end pay cuts for public sector workers if the party takes power in the General Election.

Council refuse workers to protest over holiday pay

21/04/2015

Reigate and Banstead Council has been accused of ‘flouting laws’ surrounding holiday pay for staff who consistently do overtime.

Further 14 days of strikes at council over ‘privatisation’ fears

20/04/2015

A second wave of strikes is to hit a London borough, as both a trade union and the local Labour group hit out against outsourcing.

Union reveals two days of strike action at Barnet Council

17/04/2015

Two days of strike action are to hit a London borough later this month, as staff walk out over contract fears.

Unions fear ‘return to Thatcher’ under Tory strike laws

15/04/2015

Conservative plans to crackdown on strike action by setting tough new voting thresholds have been labelled an attack on ‘democratic and legitimate rights’ by unions.

Strike looms in Barnet over outsourcing ‘obsession’

09/04/2015

Some 87% of union members at Barnet Council have voted in favour of strike action in protest against plans to outsource key services.

Breaking the strike law?

09/04/2015

Is the stage set for a ‘battle royal’ between unions and government over strike ballots?

Boroughs face staff strike spree as union ‘draws line in sand’

02/04/2015

A spate of strikes is due to sweep through London boroughs in coming days as staff walk out over pay and privatisation fears.

Pay strike launched by council homelessness staff

01/04/2015

Around 70 Glasgow City Council homelessness staff have walked out of town hall offices over a long-running wage dispute.

Council staff to strike over 'privatisation’ plans

01/04/2015

Council staff in Bromley are to strike for two days over protest at the ‘mass privatisation’ of services.

Council staff balloted for strike action over outsourcing fears

18/03/2015

Council staff in north London are poised to strike over the outsourcing of town hall services, which union bosses claim are causing widespread concern.

Council staff in week-long strike over ‘bullying’ complaints

03/03/2015

A week-long strike is underway at a Scottish council over alleged bullying and intimidation by a town hall manager.

Bromley staff balloted for strike action over ‘privatisation’ plans

27/02/2015

Council staff in Bromley are being balloting for strike action over claims it is to reduce its workforce from 3,000 to 300.

Top 100 local government stories of 2014

16/12/2014

See our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2014, with strike action and pay discontent dominating the headlines.

Surrey care home closure plan prompts protest

05/12/2014

A protest against planned care home closures in Surrey has been announced for this Saturday, as trade unions fear the loss of 427 jobs.

Pay strike called off by unions

09/10/2014

Unions have suspended a planned local government pay strike, which could have seen around a million council employees taking to the streets next week.

Pay strike to hit ‘every area’ of Scotland

06/10/2014

Council staff across Scotland have voted to strike over pay, in a decision expected to affect ‘every area’ of the country later this month.

Council chiefs told to revise pay offer, as strike looms large

01/10/2014

Local government leaders have been urged to 'reconsider' current pay proposals ahead of national strikes by council employees and school support staff.

Council leaders ‘disappointed’ by rejection of new pay deal

29/09/2014

An offer to give council staff a 2.2% pay increase in a bid to avoid further strike action has been rejected, according to council bosses.

Strike action could affect city’s services for ‘months’

11/09/2014

Workers at Brighton and Hove will this week begin industrial action over pay and allowances, potentially affecting services for ‘months to come’.

Council staff feel ‘locked out’ of economic recovery

21/08/2014

Some 95% of council staff believe the UK’s economic recovery is mainly or only benefiting well-off people, a poll has revealed.

The future of strike action

20/08/2014

How will the Conservatives promise of 'tougher' strike-laws affect local government?

Review of union laws shelved amid over politicisation

06/08/2014

An independent review into laws governing industrial disputes has been dramatically scaled back by its leader over excessive politicisation of the issue.

Council refuses to reinstate firefighter sacked for tweet

04/08/2014

A council has refused to reinstate a firefighter of 25 years’ service who was sacked for tweeting about strike action.

Unions join for second strike date

01/08/2014

Around one million council and school support staff are set to strike this autumn after unions agreed to escalate their dispute over pay.

Doncaster care services face fortnight strike

30/07/2014

Workers at Care UK in Doncaster have begun a two-week strike in a protest over pay.

Strikes to hit councils again

23/07/2014

Council and school support staff will strike again later this year as part of continuing demonstrations over pay.

Tories plan tougher anti-strike laws

18/07/2014

Conservatives have pledged to tighten laws surrounding trade union strikes if they take power in the 2015 General Election.

Council staff hope to avoid further strike action

18/07/2014

More than half of council staff want further strike action to be ruled out following the dispute last Thursday, according to new research.

What did the strike achieve?

17/07/2014

Find out what our readers thought about the effectiveness of striking over pay.

Diary of a strike

16/07/2014

Lindsay Martin shares her diary of striking for the first time.

Further council strikes 'not ruled out' by union

11/07/2014

Unison has failed to rule out further strike action over local government pay, emphasising its main concern remains negotiation with employers.

'Victorian' protesters picket local government conference

11/07/2014

Protesters dressed up to illustrate how they were experiencing Victorian workhouse-like conditions as they picketed the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth.

Poll shows public support for strike action

10/07/2014

An independent poll has revealed the 70% of the public back the right to strike with the majority believing the government is waging an 'unjust war' on public sector workers.

Council services hit by strike action

10/07/2014

Councils are warning of closed or reduced services today, as up to two million public sector workers go on strike over pay.

Strike will not change pay offer, council staff say

08/07/2014

The majority of council staff do not think strike action on 10 July will change the pay increase on offer, according to a new survey.

What do council staff think about the strike action?

04/07/2014

Find out what our readers had to say about the impact of strike action.

Less than 6% of council workers vote for strike

01/07/2014

Only 5.7% of all council staff have voted for strike action over the pay dispute. according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

GMB members vote for strike action

30/06/2014

The UK could see one of the biggest ever strikes by public sector workers next month.

Council staff vote for strike action

23/06/2014

Unison members have voted in favour of strike action over the ongoing pay dispute.

Council pay dispute could see 2m people strike

11/06/2014

Up to two million public sector workers could join a strike next month in a dispute over pay, a union official has predicted.

Carers issue strike threats over pay cut plan

04/06/2014

Carers in Barnet are poised to strike over cuts to pay being planned by the local authority trading company.

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