Strike action

'Battle-ready’ union warns Scottish council leaders of summer strikes

10/05/2022

Unite the union yesterday told all new council leaders at Scottish local authorities to take ‘immediate action’ to improve pay or see strikes this summer.

Rugby workers will be latest to strike

25/04/2022

Refuse, recycling and street cleansing workers at Rugby BC are among the council employees who will walk out on strike this week.

Adur and Worthing bin strike ends with pay deal

21/04/2022

The long-running Adur and Worthing bin strike has ended after a new pay deal was reached with the local authority.

Glasgow strikes suspended as equal pay deal reached

14/04/2022

Public sector unions yesterday suspended all equal pay strikes after a deal was struck with Glasgow City Council to settle the long-running dispute.

Week-long strike over pay to hit local government sector

08/03/2022

Council workers are expected to strike for a week this month in the first coordinated industrial action to hit the sector in a decade.

Coventry bin lorry driver strike to cost council £1.8m

09/02/2022

The dispute in Coventry over the pay of bin lorry drivers is likely to cost the city council around £1.8m if it continues to the end of March, the local authority has warned.

National industrial action prospects over pay fade

07/02/2022

A nationally-coordinated wave of industrial action over this year’s pay claim looks increasingly unlikely as the outcome of trade union ballots emerged.

Coventry council hires private contractor amid bin strikes

27/01/2022

Coventry City Council today announced that it is set to bring in a private contractor to help collect waste as strike action by bin lorry drivers continues.

Plymouth council agrees pay uplift for HGV drivers

05/01/2022

The union Unite have welcomed a decision by Plymouth council to give HGV drivers a pay increase by regrading their jobs.

Coventry bin lorry drivers strike proposal ‘impractical’

15/12/2021

Coventry City Council has rejected a union proposal that bin lorry drivers work for one hour and then go on strike for another hour.

Coventry RCV drivers vote to strike

07/12/2021

Bin lorry drivers in Coventry have voted to take strike action in a dispute over pay and Christmas working arrangements.

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06/12/2021

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Union starts ballot for strike action

02/12/2021

A trade union has started balloting 370,000 council and school staff for strike action over the 'inadequate' pay offer.

HGV drivers threaten Christmas strikes

24/11/2021

Drivers of heavy goods vehicles who work for Coventry City Council’s waste services are threatening to go on strike over the Christmas period as part of a pay dispute.

Thousands of council workers to strike over pay in Scotland

26/10/2021

Trade unions have warned half of Scotland’s local authority areas will see strike action next month unless an agreement is made over council pay.

Refuse workers strike against ‘ongoing attacks’ on pay and conditions

21/10/2021

Union members at Veolia Sheffield have voted to strike over pay and what they characterise as ‘ongoing attacks’ to their terms and conditions.

Brighton council and union reaches deal to end bin strike

19/10/2021

Brighton residents will soon once again see their streets cleared of bin bags as the council reaches a deal with striking refuse collection workers to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute.

More unions announce strike ballots

06/10/2021

Two more trade unions have moved a step closer to industrial action after members rejected the latest pay offer.

New pay deal ends long-running bin strikes in South London

03/09/2021

Disruption to refuse services in the London Borough of Bexley has finally come to an end after a new pay deal was agreed.

Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike

14/05/2021

Thurrock Council has said that it is ‘disappointed’ workers in the local authority’s waste and recycling department have decided to continue pay strike.

Norwich Council workers to strike over pay dispute

13/05/2021

Staff working at a council-owned company in Norwich have announced five days of strike action over 'broken promises' on pay.

District council workers agree to strike next month

18/11/2020

Up to 1,000 workers at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are set to strike following a row about pay and conditions.

Refuse workers in Wirral walk out over coronavirus fears

08/04/2020

Refuse collectors in Wirral have refused to work after claiming Biffa Waste Services failed to introduce strict social distancing measures.

Local government pay summit to go ahead

30/03/2020

Negotiators hope to keep local government pay discussions on track despite the difficulties posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Bromley's eight-month strike comes to an end

31/01/2020

An eight-month long strike at Bromley’s library services has finally ended following an agreement between Unite and the employer, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

Pay dispute threatens to ‘disrupt’ council tax collection

24/01/2020

Newham council faces ‘significant disruption’ to council tax collection and rebates when staff stage a week-long strike in a job evaluation row.

Surrey firefighters vote for Christmas industrial action

12/12/2019

Firefighters in Surrey have voted in favour of industrial action short of strike over the Christmas period in order to fight against local authority cuts.

Fleet mechanics threaten strike after being asked to ‘accept one compromise too many’

03/12/2019

Council fleet mechanics in Wigan are being balloted for strike action after being told to work late on Fridays, according to Unite.

Lincolnshire health visitors to strike amid pay dispute with council

19/11/2019

A number of health visitors in Lincolnshire started a month-long strike yesterday over what they describe as the council’s ‘divide and rule’ policy.

Library strike ‘longest-running employment dispute of modern times’

13/11/2019

A strike by library workers in Bromley, south east London, is set to enter its sixth month.

Union ballots over strike action at Greenwich Council

03/09/2019

Housing employees at Greenwich Council in London are being balloted for strike action over the ending of a productivity agreement.

Lincolnshire health visitors announce new pay strikes

06/08/2019

Unite have announced that health visitors employed by the council will be holding further demonstrations across Lincolnshire as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

Lincolnshire health visitors strike over pay row

16/07/2019

Health visitors in Lincolnshire began strike action yesterday after failing to reach an agreement with the county council over their rate of pay.

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.

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