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Union urges prospective MPs to back national care service

21/02/2024

Election candidates in the forthcoming general election are being urged to support the creation of a new national care service in England.

Flexible-work denied to third of women in public sector

15/02/2024

Three in ten (30%) women working in the public sector have had requests to work flexibly denied, new research from Unison has revealed.

Migrant care worker family ban ‘reckless’, union says

31/01/2024

The Government’s decision to ban migrant care workers from bringing family over to join them in England could ‘spell disaster for social care’, union warns.

Council set to halve sick pay

26/01/2024

Southend Council is planning to halve the amount of sick pay given to staff in a move Unison has described as ‘callous’.

Unions call for school inspections to be suspended

21/12/2023

School inspections must be suspended until Ofsted implements recommendations to reform the system following the death of head teacher Ruth Perry, unions say.

Brum workers consider strike over equal pay delays

12/12/2023

Thousands of workers at Birmingham City Council will today start a ballot for strike action in response to equal pay claim delays.

Coventry on collision course with union

05/12/2023

Coventry City Council is on collision course with Unite this month, over controversial proposals to end ‘task and finish’ contracts among waste staff.

Unions plan for January pay claim

30/11/2023

Local government trade unions are aiming to submit their next one-year pay claim in January, The MJ understands.

Unison members accept ‘long overdue’ pay offer

27/11/2023

Council chiefs in Scotland have welcomed a decision by Unison members to accept the latest offer in a long running pay dispute.

Council ‘saddened’ by proposed job cuts at rail factory

16/11/2023

A council leader has urged ministers to commit to the industrial sector after the UK’s largest rail assembly factory announced 1,330 jobs are at risk in Derby.

New offer in pay dispute

03/11/2023

More money has been offered in the hope of averting strike action by Scottish Unison members.

Council chiefs to receive 3.5% pay increase

02/11/2023

Local authority chief executives will receive a 3.5% salary increase backdated to the beginning of April after agreement was reached on this year’s pay award.

Plan to axe 750 council jobs ‘extremely worrying’

19/10/2023

Leeds City Council’s proposals to axe hundreds of jobs to help reduce the local authority’s deficit are ‘extremely worrying’, a union has said.

Unison rejects Scotland’s 10% pay offer

16/10/2023

Unison members in Scotland today rejected local government employers’ latest pay deal, which would have seen the lowest-paid staff receive a 10% wage boost.

Haringey housing staff to strike

10/10/2023

Housing repair workers employed by Haringey Council will strike this winter in a dispute over pay.

High street facing ‘terminal decline’, union warns

09/10/2023

The high street may be facing a ‘terminal decline’ as more than 420,000 traditional retail jobs have been lost since 2010, the union GMB has warned.

Coventry refuse workers to vote on industrial action

04/10/2023

The trade union Unite has notified Coventry City Council that it will ballot 55 refuse workers for strike action and action short of a strike.

Councils face record £3.5bn shortfall

28/09/2023

Research has uncovered a £3.5bn shortfall facing councils over the next financial year, revealing ‘true scale of the dire state of local government funding’.

EXCLUSIVE: Unions delay next steps discussion

27/09/2023

Trade unions have agreed to reconvene to discuss their next steps on the ongoing pay dispute within days of GMB’s strike ballots closing, The MJ understands.

Unite and council reach deal to end waste strike

27/09/2023

Waste service workers and street cleaners return to work today after negotiations between Tower Hamlets Council and the trade union Unite put an end to industrial action.

Unions call for £4bn investment in school estate

26/09/2023

In response to the RAAC crisis, trade unions have written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak urging him to invest £4.4bn per year to improve the school estate.

Unite suspends strike

22/09/2023

The trade union Unite has suspended a planned three-day strike across education and local government in Scotland after receiving a ‘serious’ pay offer from employers.

Nottinghamshire waste staff to strike

15/09/2023

The GMB union has announced a week-long strike at waste recycling plants in Nottinghamshire.

Unions reject latest COSLA offer

14/09/2023

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned trade unions face a choice between ‘real cuts to jobs and services’ and increased pay.

Brum braced for Government intervention

12/09/2023

Birmingham City Council is braced for a wide-ranging Government intervention to help rescue the authority’s bleak finances, and improve political and officer leadership.

Union vows to oppose controversial crackdown

12/09/2023

Local government’s largest trade union has warned any attempt to impose a controversial crackdown will be met with strong opposition.

Employers reject fresh unions' pay bid

24/08/2023

Local government employers have knocked back a bid from the unions for an improved pay offer, insisting it remains ‘full and final’.

School staff at 10 Scottish councils to strike

18/08/2023

Local authority employees in schools and early years provisions across Scotland will strike for two days next month, GMB Scotland has announced.

Thousands of education workers vote to strike in Scotland

07/08/2023

Thousands of workers in education and early years services across 10 local authority areas in Scotland have voted to go on strike.

Pay dispute to stretch into autumn

07/08/2023

The local government pay dispute is destined to stretch into the autumn as trade union Unite warned ‘coordinated industrial action’ was ‘inevitable’.

‘Woefully out of date’ mileage rates costing workers thousands

14/07/2023

Public sector staff are being left thousands of pounds out of pocket because ministers have failed to update national mileage rates, according to UNISON.

Harlow DC reaches pay deal with 300 housing staff

12/07/2023

Over 300 staff responsible for Harlow District Council’s housing stock have ended strike action after a pay deal was reached.

Union warns of ‘significant rise’ in social care exploitation

10/07/2023

Unison has warned of a ‘significant rise’ in the number of migrant workers who are being exploited in the social care sector.

Hancock: Whitehall oversight of care was terrible

27/06/2023

Whitehall oversight of adult social care before Covid-19 was ‘terrible’ and officials had no understanding of whether councils could cope, Matt Hancock admits.

Care providers accused of breaching minimum wage laws

15/06/2023

Unison has accused care staff employers of effectively breaching minimum wage laws by failing to pay workers when they travel between home visits.

Case for better pay ‘clear cut’, union says

13/06/2023

The case for better pay in local government is ‘compelling and clear cut’, according to Unison general secretary Christina McAnea.

Austerity left Britain ‘unprepared' for pandemic, TUC say

06/06/2023

Years of austerity left Britain 'hugely unprepared' for the COVID pandemic with tragic consequences, union leaders have claimed.

Unite in summer strike warning

02/06/2023

Trade union Unite has warned summer strike action will hit key events after talks with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) collapsed.

Chiefs reject pay offer

31/05/2023

Senior officers have formally rejected the ‘full and final’ pay offer tabled by employers.

More than 360,000 frontline workers vote on pay strike

23/05/2023

More than a third of a million council and school support staff in England and Wales have started voting on a possible strike over pay.

Tower Bridge could close due to pay strike

19/05/2023

Several major London tourist attractions could be forced to close after members of the GMB union voted to strike.

UNISON launches action figures of ‘unsung heroes’

18/05/2023

Public sector union UNISON has launched a range of council worker action figures to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ working on the frontlines.

'Widespread industrial action' warning

10/05/2023

Unite has warned the Scottish Government and employers there ‘could be widespread industrial action’ without a ‘significant increase’ to the current pay offer.

Dundee workers to strike over outsourcing plan

21/03/2023

More than 300 Dundee City Council workers have voted to strike as they fight plans to outsource services.

Local government pay offer amounts to 10% cut, union says

07/03/2023

Unite has decided to recommend rejection of the local government pay offer arguing it amounts to a real terms pay cut, and warns of 'growing anger'.

Social care regulator staff vote for strike action

07/03/2023

Staff at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have voted to take strike action over pay, their union has announced.

Lowest paid council employees offered 9.42% pay bump

23/02/2023

Council employees have been offered what the Local Government Association describes as a ‘full and final’ pay increase of at least £1,925 from 1 April 2023.

Pay spine review 'inevitable,' employers admit

21/02/2023

A redesign of local government’s pay spine is ‘inevitable,’ employers have admitted privately.

Unions warn many school buildings ‘at risk of collapse’

16/02/2023

A 50% decline in spending on school buildings over the last decade has left many of them unfit for the future, seven education unions have warned.

Teaching unions’ rejection of pay offer ‘disappointing'

16/02/2023

Local government leaders in Scotland have described the teaching unions’ rejection of their latest pay offer as ‘very disappointing’.

Scottish council leaders agree new teacher pay offer

15/02/2023

Council leaders in Scotland have agreed on a new pay offer for teachers which it hopes will end the current industrial action.

Unions call for ‘inflation-busting’ 12.7% pay rise

01/02/2023

Three public sector unions have submitted a pay claim that calls for an above inflation 12.7% pay rise for council employees and school staff.

Scottish council chiefs warn care reforms could cost 75,000 jobs

12/10/2022

Local authority leaders and unions in Scotland today joined forces to oppose plans to centralise the delivery of care, which they argue could cost 75,000 jobs.

Homecare workers win mileage payment deal

12/10/2022

Nottingham City Council homecare workers have reached a deal with the council which will see them receive an extra £135 a month for mileage.

Council ‘disppointed’ by continuing strikes

05/10/2022

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has said it is ‘disappointed’ that strike action is going ahead while union members consider a new pay offer.

Council spends £1.5m fighting equal pay claims

05/10/2022

Derby City Council has spent over £1.5m defending itself against equal pay claims, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

Unison members back pay offer

28/09/2022

Members of trade union Unison have voted by 63.5% to 36.5% to accept the national employers’ final pay offer for local government services employees.

'Fierce resistance' to threatened strike clampdown

06/09/2022

Any attempt by new Prime Minister Liz Truss to outlaw strikes will be met with ‘fierce resistance,’ trade union Unite has warned.

Scottish council workers consider 7.5% pay offer

05/09/2022

Strikes that would have affected schools and waste services across a number of council areas in Scotland have been suspended as workers consider pay offer.

Council bin workers secure 10% pay rise

02/09/2022

Around 100 waste workers employed by Bath and North East Somerset council are set to receive a 10% pay rise.

Unison to put pay deal to its members

01/08/2022

Unison has vowed to consult its members on the flat rate pay rise offered to all council staff.

Employers warn against local pay deals

19/07/2022

Councils have been warned against undermining the ‘fundamental integrity’ of national talks by agreeing local deals as pressure grows on pay.

Council and unions agree ‘strong pay offer’ for lowest paid staff

22/06/2022

Surrey CC's lowest paid staff are set to receive a pay boost after unions and the council finalised a pay offer that sees pay increases on a sliding scale.

Fresh strike warning for local government sector

13/06/2022

Unions have warned of more local government strikes.

Unions demand 'substantial' pay increase

06/06/2022

Councils will be consulted this month after local government trade unions demanded a ‘substantial’ pay increase amid rising costs of food, fuel and household bills.

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.

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.

Unison calls for above-inflation pay rise for public sector

22/03/2022

The UK’s biggest union has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to fund an above-inflation pay rise for public sector workers.

Unite announces industrial action over pay

28/02/2022

Unite’s local government members will next month stage targetted industrial action at councils where enough members rejected the employers’ 1.75% pay offer for 2021-22.

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.

No deal from last-ditch pay talks

16/11/2021

Last-ditch talks between local government employers and trade unions over this year’s 1.75% pay offer have broken up without agreement, The MJ understands.

EXCLUSIVE: Employers dig in as they refuse to reopen pay talks

19/10/2021

Council employers have dug in to defend their ‘full and final’ pay offer despite warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Disruption warning as unions ask for pay talks to resume

15/10/2021

Unions have urged council employers to return to the negotiating table with an improved pay offer amid warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Unions call for stronger COVID safety measures in schools

11/10/2021

Five education unions are urging local authorities to consider reintroducing safety measures to tackle rising COVID-19 cases in schools.

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.

Scottish teachers declare formal dispute over ‘sub-inflationary’ pay offer

01/10/2021

Teachers in Scotland have declared a formal dispute over what they describe as a ‘sub-inflationary’ pay offer.

£3bn gap looms for councils

24/08/2021

Councils in England, Wales and Scotland are grappling with huge budget deficits totalling more than £3bn for the next financial year, according to research published by trade union Unison today. 

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.

Vaccinated social care staff no longer required to self-isolate

19/07/2021

Health leaders have been left divided by the Government’s announcement that fully vaccinated social care staff and NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate will be allowed to continue working.

Scale of council deficits due to pandemic is revealed

14/04/2021

Councils are facing a budget deficit of nearly £1.2bn by the end of the financial year due to the impact of COVID-19, research has revealed.

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.

Unison call for election safety measures

01/03/2021

The Government needs to implement strict measures in May’s local elections to keep staff safe, trade union Unison urged today.

Employers branded a 'disgrace' over council pay delay

26/02/2021

Council employers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ after they said they would not respond to a union pay claim until after the May 6 elections.

Unions call for 10% pay rise for council staff

16/02/2021

Three local government unions have called for a wage increase of at least 10% for all council and school workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Councils face funding shortfall for self-isolation schemes

03/02/2021

Funding for council schemes supporting people forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 do not go far enough, according to new research.

Scots union calls for urgent meeting to address funding

30/10/2020

Unison Scotland has called for an urgent meeting with Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes in a bit to address the growing finance crisis.

Public sector exit cap signed into law

15/10/2020

The £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments was signed into law last night and will come into force on November 4.

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.

Union in industrial action threat over large-scale council job losses

09/07/2020

Trade union Unite has warned it could launch industrial action unless Nottingham City Council removes its threat of large-scale redundancies.

Rejection of coronavirus bonus a 'slap in the face'

19/05/2020

A top union official has branded English councils’ refusal to rally behind a campaign for a workers’ coronavirus bonus as a ‘slap in the face’.

Unite expected to urge council pay offer rejection

11/05/2020

Trade union Unite is expected to recommend that its members reject the employers ‘final’ 2.75% pay offer at a national committee meeting later this week.

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 calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’

14/01/2020

Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Half of local government workers worry about redundancy as a result of cuts

14/11/2019

Around 50% of local government workers worry that they could be made redundant by technological innovation or Government cuts, a survey has revealed.

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.

A pay rise for local government workers?

25/07/2019

Local government workers are doing overtime on 'an industrial scale’. Mark Whitehead looks at what unions are doing to address this.

Scottish councils ‘delighted’ at new pay deal with unions

05/03/2019

Council workers have welcomed a new pay deal that is set to deliver cost of living increases over the next few years after a decade of stagnating wages.

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.

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