Tens of 1000’s of members of the College and Faculty Union – together with lecturers, librarians and researchers – went on strike on Thursday, over pay, working circumstances and pensions.
Safety guards at College Faculty London who’re members of the Unbiased Employees’ Union of Nice Britain walked out final week in a separate motion.
RMT members working for Community Rail and prepare working firms introduced their intention to strike over the Christmas and new yr interval. A separate strike by drivers who’re members of Aslef is to happen on Saturday.
Well being employees
Final week, the well being secretary promised to satisfy six of the biggest commerce unions in an effort to discover a deal that may avert proposed strike motion within the NHS.
Members of the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN), one of many six, have already voted to strike in December after the federal government insisted their demand for a 5% above-inflation pay enhance this yr was “not inexpensive”.
Strikes over pay are to go forward round Black Friday and within the run-up to Christmas after members of the Communication Employees Union (CWU) rejected Royal Mail’s provide.
Unite members working for Abellio in south and west London have walked out within the first of a collection of actions throughout November and December.
In Scotland, tens of 1000’s of academics went out on strike on Thursday, within the first nationwide colleges strike because the Nineteen Eighties. The motion is over a long-running wage dispute and is anticipated to proceed with additional walkouts. And members of the Scottish Secondary Lecturers’ Affiliation and the NASUWT in Scotland additionally plan to stroll out in early December.
Elsewhere within the UK, the Nationwide Affiliation of Head Lecturers and the Nationwide Schooling Union are balloting academics and headteachers in England and Wales, whereas the members of the previous in Northern Eire are additionally voting. And the Affiliation of College and Faculty Leaders has additionally opened its first consultative poll, asking members in the event that they help a proper poll on strike motion.
Members of the Public and Business Companies Union union, which represents 150,000 civil servants, have voted for strike motion and plan to replace members on the subsequent steps on Thursday night.
The union’s head has threatened to take his members out on the identical day as colleagues in different unions to indicate solidarity. Mark Serwotka instructed highway officers might take motion on the identical day as rail employees, and Border Drive officers on the identical day as airport employees, to trigger most disruption.
The Fireplace Brigades Union plans to start balloting members for strike motion in December, with a outcome anticipated in January, after they turned down a proposal that may have represented a real-terms pay minimize.