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28 March pension strikes union by union

Issue No. 2293

Could strike on the day

  • UCU—members under consultation until 13 March
  • NUT—consultation vote closes 14 March
  • PCS—consultation until 16 March
  • EIS—consultation until 15 March
  • UCAC (Wales)—rejected government offer, in negotiations about joining strike
  • INTO (Northern Ireland)—also rejected and in negotiations with other unions
  • NASUWT—rejected the government offer, unclear whether it will join strike
  • Unite (Ministry of Defence)—Rejected offer and discussing action with the PCS
  • Unite health—consultation until 19 March
  • Nipsa—could join strike

other unions in dispute

  • British Medical Association—rejected deal and is now preparing to ballot for action short of a strike. Could work-to-rule in May
  • Royal College of Nursing—62 percent voted to reject offer on 16 percent turnout. It now intends to meet the other health unions
  • FBU—consulting members
  • Unison (health)—service group executive met last week and voted to defer any decision until late March or early April
  • Society of Radiographers, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Royal College of Midwives—all intend to consult members once final offer is out
  • Unison (local government)—awaiting results of negotiations
  • Unite (local government)—rejected offer in January, but rejoined negotiations last month
  • GMB—awaiting results of negotiations

Scottish health

NHS workers in Scotland come under a separate scheme, negotiating with the SNP government in Holyrood.

Unison Scotland members are now preparing for a series of targeted strikes.

These are set to start on Monday of next week with operating theatre technicians in Arran and Ayrshire. Telephone operators and some finance staff in Glasgow are set to strike the following week.

Many other dates have yet to be announced—and will hopefully include 28 March.

Sustained, coordinated action would have more impact than targeted strikes.

But these are the first strike dates to be called over NHS pensions this year.

They can send a strong message to Unison members south of the border as well as to other health unions.

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