Trade unions

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.

Research shows drop in council pay over past decade

14/10/2021

Frontline staff in local government have seen their pay fall by around £1,500 in real terms over the past decade, new research has revealed today.

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.

Unison warns of strike action over council pay

04/10/2021

Trade union Unison has warned of future strike action unless local government employers improve their pay offer.

Union warns of mental health crisis in care sector

15/09/2021

More than two-thirds of care workers (68%) have seen their mental health decline during the pandemic, according to the results of a new survey.

Union calls for 'new deal' for Shared Lives foster carers

14/09/2021

Councils have been urged to provide a 'pay rise' and respite care for Shared Lives foster carers who look after vulnerable adults in their homes.

One in ten care workers 'trapped' on Universal Credit

13/09/2021

One in ten care workers are in receipt of in-work benefits, analysis by GMB has revealed.

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.

Scottish union to hold nationwide strike ballot

24/08/2021

Councils in Scotland have been put on notice as Unison ballots members over industrial action.

Strike action at Ealing ends

05/08/2021

There will be no return to the picket lines after an agreement has been reached between the Unite trade union and outsourcer Serco.

Unions urge pinged staff to isolate

02/08/2021

Unions have urged waste and recycling staff to stay at home if ‘pinged’ by the COVID-19 app despite several councils having to reduce or suspend services.

PM urged to intervene over council pay

27/07/2021

A trade union has urged the Prime Minister to make funding available to give council workers a 'fair' pay rise.

Council pay offer increases to 1.75%

27/07/2021

Council employers have offered an improved 'final' pay offer to staff but have offered council chief executives and chief officers a lower increase.

Workers and communities deserve better than poverty pay and degraded services

08/07/2021

Steve Turner, who is standing to become the next general secretary of Unite the Union, pledges to end the outsourcing of council services and campaign for better pay.

A new deal for workers in local government

24/06/2021

Sharon Graham, who is standing to become the next general secretary of Unite the Union, sets out her priorities for local government workers.

Self-isolation payments 'failing' workers

21/06/2021

Two out of three people applying for self-isolation payments are being rejected, according to new research.

Litter overwhelming councils in tourist hotspots, warns union

15/06/2021

Councils are being overwhelmed by huge piles of litter at UK beauty spots, a trade union has warned today.

Unions rejects 'insulting' council pay offer

24/05/2021

Two trade unions have rejected the 1.5% pay offer from the national local government employers.

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.

Call to tackle 'mental health crisis' in care sector

27/04/2021

Three quarters of care workers have experienced worsened mental health as a result of the pandemic, new research has warned.

Unions reject councils’ pay offer

26/04/2021

Scottish members of two trade unions have voted to reject a pay offer from councils, raising the prospect of strike action.

PM told to 'urgently' reform sleep-in shift rules

20/04/2021

Unison has warned that a Supreme Court ruling that sleep-in carers should not be paid the minimum wage for the hours they are asleep could be seen by some as ‘an opportunity to cut costs including wages’.

COVID-19 mortality rates twice as high in insecure jobs, TUC finds

16/04/2021

Mortality rates during the pandemic are twice as high in insecure jobs than in other professions, a TUC analysis has revealed.

Labour council pressed to insource service

12/04/2021

Neath Port Talbot CBC has been urged to bring its leisure services under direct control as it searches for a new operator.

Unions reject Scots pay offer

06/04/2021

Trade unions in Scotland have formally rejected employers’ pay offer of an £800 lower-rate pay rise for 2021, dismissing the sum as an unacceptably poor response to staff efforts during COVID-19.

Sleep-in shifts legal battle ends

19/03/2021

A long-running legal challenge by care workers over pay worth £400m has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

COSLA pay offer ‘slap in the face’, union says

18/03/2021

Unison has accused the body representing local authorities in Scotland of making a pay offer that ‘falls far short’ of what local government workers deserve.

Women on the frontline are 'exhausted' survey warns

17/02/2021

Women working in local government have warned the emotional, physical and financial impact of the pandemic is taking its toll, a new survey has revealed.

Union calls for nurseries to be closed during lockdown

06/01/2021

Pre-schools including nurseries must be closed except to educate the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable, union says.

Union calls for libraries to be ‘completely closed’ during lockdown

06/01/2021

A public sector union has called for libraries to be completely closed to protect library workers during the lockdown.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2020

16/12/2020

Although the dispute over council pay caused the most stir in the local government sector this year, the impact of dealing with the pandemic obviously dominated the headlines as well.

One in nine care workers not tested weekly

16/12/2020

A government pledge to test all care home staff every seven days is not being met, according to a survey published today.

Councils urged to back £20 Universal Credit uplift

10/12/2020

Councils have been urged to lobby the Government to make the £20 uplift in Universal Credit permanent by trade union Unite.

Sandwell's outsourced refuse workers secure back pay deal

07/12/2020

Refuse workers in Sandwell are set to receive substantial back pay following intervention by trade union Unite.

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.

Local government pay deal agreed

21/08/2020

Local government has accepted a 2.75% pay increase, it has been confirmed, despite objections from Unite.

Unite members reject 'insulting' council pay offer

17/08/2020

The majority of members of Unite the union have rejected the 2.75% pay offer.

Chancellor accused of 'selective memory' over council workers' pay

21/07/2020

Council staff are the 'forgotten army of public service' and are being denied a 'decent' pay rise, a union said today.

Thousands of council jobs at risk due to funding shortfall, union warns

07/07/2020

Tens of thousands of council jobs could be lost unless the Government addresses the current funding shortfall, Unison has warned.

Unite to ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer

12/06/2020

Around 100,000 council workers will be asked if they want to accept or reject the 2.75% pay offer.

Schools using 'professional judgement' on reopening, union finds

04/06/2020

Just over a third of schools (35%) opened on the terms expected by the prime minister on 1 June, a union has found.

Unions slam 'woefully low' council pay offer

17/04/2020

The Government should provide extra funding to give council workers a 'proper' pay rise during the pandemic crisis, trade unions have said.

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.

Scottish unions blast 'inconsistent' way councils are handling coronavirus

02/04/2020

Trade unions in Scotland have criticised the ‘inconsistent’ approach to protecting council staff from coronavirus.

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.

Union questions how refuse workers can practice social distancing within an RCV cab

24/03/2020

A union has called on local government employers to spell out how refuse service workers can safely provide an essential service while meeting social distancing requirements.

Union and council end dispute amid coronavirus crisis

24/03/2020

Trade union Unite has said its dispute with Veolia over holiday pay for refuse staff working at Tower Hamlets LBC has been resolved.

Union accuses town council of being like ‘The Godfather’

19/02/2020

There is a ‘systematic and sustained campaign of bullying’ in the Norfolk town council of Attleborough, according to the union Unite.

A 10% council pay rise is 'affordable' says Unison

12/02/2020

A 10% pay rise for council staff is 'affordable' and would boost local economies, new research from a trade union has said.

Unions reject 'disappointing' 2% council pay offer

05/02/2020

Trade unions have rejected a 2% pay increase for council staff and called on employers to 'come up with a better offer'.

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.

Unions blast 'unnecessary' delay to council staff pay rise decision

23/01/2020

Trade unions have criticised employers for failing to make a pay offer to local government staff yet.

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.

Research reveals 'shocking' cuts to local services

10/12/2019

Hundreds of youth centres, libraries and public toilets have been closed due to council funding cuts, a trade union has warned.

Delays to pay claim talks branded a 'disappointment by union

07/11/2019

The biggest local government union has branded a delay to talks over their 10% pay claim 'a huge disappointment'.

Decision on council staff pay rise delayed until the New Year

06/11/2019

A leading union negotiator has questioned local government employers' good faith after they decided to delay responding to their 10% pay claim until the New Year.

Council workers to lobby for 10% pay rise

04/11/2019

Unions are set to protest in support of their 10% pay claim when local government employers meet in London tomorrow.

Recycling and refuse top public’s spending priority list

17/10/2019

Councils should spend more money on rubbish collection and recycling, according to the results of a new poll.

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.

Formal dispute opened by union at Northamptonshire

13/08/2019

A trade union has lodged a dispute with Northamptonshire CC.

‘Rethink’ changes to local government pension scheme, Unison warns

09/08/2019

Plans to allow higher and further education employers to opt out of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) could cause serious cash flow problems for funds, a trade union has warned.

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.

In a nutshell: the 2020-21 local government pay claim

29/07/2019

Mark Whitehead explores the context behind the union's bid for a 10% pay increase for council staff.

Unions set to propose 10% pay rise for council staff

17/07/2019

Better work-life balance and support for mental health are likely to be elements in a pay claim being agreed by local government unions, LocalGov can reveal.

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.

Sleep-in care workers report unsuitable conditions

18/06/2019

Overnight care workers have reported being attacked at work and forced to sleep in offices, in a new survey conducted by Unison.

Union warns 130,000 people trapped in social care debt

12/06/2019

Nearly 100,000 people are facing debt collectors over unpaid social care charges, an investigation has revealed.

Union hits out over changes to LGPS for non-teaching staff

06/06/2019

A trade union has blasted government proposals to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for new non-teaching staff.

Council employees win ‘substantial wage rise’

02/05/2019

Customer service assistants employed by Sandwell Council have won what the union Unite describe as a ‘substantial wage rise’.

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.

Council property firm records losses

10/04/2019

The property company run by Barking & Dagenham LBC has reported losses of almost £4m in its first year of operation.

Teaching union rejects pay offer from councils

22/02/2019

The 9% pay increase offered to teachers in Scotland has been rejected by members of trade union EIS.

Council staff should be better protected against sexual harassment

18/02/2019

Council staff should have better protection against unwelcome advances by people using public services, Unison has warned.

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.

Glasgow approves £500m equal pay deal

07/02/2019

Glasgow council’s long-running equal pay dispute has finally come to an end as councillors formally approve a multi-million pound compensation deal for claimants.

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.

Half of councils failing to ensure care workers are paid travel time

30/01/2019

More than half of councils across England and Wales are failing to ensure homecare companies pay their staff for travel time, new research has revealed.

Education union blasts Whitehall for ‘broken’ funding promises

08/01/2019

The UK’s largest education union has criticised the Government for ‘failing to match’ their promises on school funding.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2018

11/12/2018

From council pay rises to troubled outsourcing firms, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2018.

Vulnerable children at risk due to school support staff cuts, union warns

23/11/2018

A quarter of school support staff go home worried every day having spoken to pupils about the issues that trouble them, according to their union.

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.

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.

Council workers borrowing money to cope with low pay

25/10/2018

Council staff are being forced to rely on credit cards, pawn possessions and borrow money from friends and family due to low pay, a new survey has revealed.

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.

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.

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.

Local government workers: an uncertain future

19/10/2018

With some councils forcing staff to take unpaid holiday leave in an effort to save money, Mark Whitehead explores what impact this will have on the workforce.

Public sector workers doing '40 million hours of unpaid overtime'

24/09/2018

Support staff in the public sector are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year, according to local government union Unison.

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.

Council staff urged to reject 3% pay increase in Scotland

10/09/2018

Unison is calling on its local government members to reject the new offer of a 3% pay rise.

School support staff warn of 'intolerable workloads'

04/09/2018

Cuts in funding are having a 'devastating effect' on school support staff, according to trade union Unison.

Parents ‘struggling’ with childcare costs, TUC warns

03/09/2018

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees increase three times faster than their wages over the past decade, trades unions have revealed.

Unison appeals against reversal of £400m sleep-in shift ruling

08/08/2018

Unison has lodged an official appeal against the ruling that social care providers will no longer be required to pay £400m in backpay to carers doing sleep-in shifts.

Council facing £5m equal pay bill

26/06/2018

Fife Council has been warned it could face a £5m bill from a new round of equal pay claims.

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