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Health and care strikes at St George’s and OCS + round-up

Pay fights are spreading
Issue 2810
St George's NHS strikers with orange and black GMB union placards

Strikers at St George’s in the GMB union (Picture: Ben Windsor)

Strikers at St George’s hospital in south London began a week-long strike on Monday. The cleaners and domestic staff in the GMB union have already mounted 24-hour and 48-hour strikes.

They are fighting contractor Mitie, which withheld their wages while it restructured its payroll.

They want compensation and NHS terms and conditions.


Unison union members across OCS in Lancashire Care branch are to strike for three days over pay and conditions.

Action is set for Wednesday to Friday next week. Pickets and protest are scheduled at all sites, with the main one at The Harbour in Blackpool.


Workers at the British Council struck from Wednesday to Friday of last week in a fight to save jobs.

The members of the PCS union are fighting bosses’ plans to make hundreds of people redundant in a planned “reorganisation.”

Workers struck at British Council offices in London and Manchester, with a rally in Manchester city centre last Thursday.


Workers at Our Lady and St George primary school in Walthamstow, east London, in the NEU union are set to walk out on Tuesday of next week over teaching and learning responsibility restructures.

They voted 77 percent yes to strike.

Winns primary school teachers in Waltham Forest are fighting back against restructures and redundancies. NEU members will launch their formal ballot to strike next week.

The workers hope to replicate the recent victory at Mayville primary school in Waltham Forest.

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