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Local government workers organise to throw out shoddy pay 'deals' and restart strikes

21 October 2014
A revolt is growing among local government workers after unions suspended strikes over pay.

Victory for Sandwell Council workers as they beat back bosses’ pay cuts plan

21 October 2014
Children’s admin workers at Sandwell Council have defeated bosses’ plans to downgrade their posts and cut their pay by up to £4,000 a year.

Council workers set to strike across Scotland

14 October 2014
Some 80,000 public sector workers plan to strike across Scotland on Tuesday of next week. 

Local government strike off but no concessions on pay

14 October 2014
A strike over pay by hundreds of thousands of local government workers scheduled for Tuesday of this week was suspended last week.

Strikes can beat poverty pay in local government

07 October 2014
Hundreds of thousands of local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were set to strike on Tuesday of next week.

Unison rejected poor pay proposal - Unite and GMB should too and build the strike

30 September 2014
Some 15 ballots of Unison union members in academy schools all backed strikes—and they will join the local government walkout on 14 October.

Property vultures are set for a killing on council homes

30 September 2014
The rich plan to snap up even more public land at the Mipim UK 2014 property fair - with the help of councillors

Bin workers are back out in Brighton

23 September 2014
Brighton and Hove refuse and recycling drivers were set to strike for a further three days as part of an ongoing dispute over pay and allowances.

Kirklees council bosses suspend job threats and offer talks

16 September 2014
Kirklees Council has suspended the threat to sack and re-engage its staff on new terms and conditions. This comes after Unison members voted by 73 percent to strike in an indicative ballot.

Local government strike ballot gets underway in Scotland

09 September 2014
A strike ballot of 70,000 local government workers in Scotland began on Tuesday. The Unison union is recommending a yes vote.  

Former Labour councillors in Hull say 'Socialists need to take a stand against cuts'

09 September 2014
Labour is not providing an alternative to the misery and anger that the Tories’ cuts are creating, say two former Labour Party councillors.

Tories to be hit by fresh walkout in pay battle

05 August 2014
It’s crucial that the momentum built up after the 10 July strike is not lost, argues Raymie Kiernan

Workers defeat Glasgow Life's protest ban

29 July 2014
Up to 100 Unison union members and their supporters protested outside Glasgow City Council Chambers and Kelvingrove Art Gallery last week.

Local government workers call new strike during Tory Party conference

23 July 2014
The next strike in the pay battle with the Tories has been announced today, Wednesday. The Unison union has called a second one day strike for 600,000 local government workers on 30 September—right in the middle of the Tory party conference.

New Unison local government ballot could spread next walkout to Scotland

15 July 2014
Local government workers in Scotland have voted by 65 percent to reject the imposition of a 1 percent pay rise in a consultative ballot by the Unison union.

We are right to strike - let's escalate to win

08 July 2014
As workers walk out against Tory austerity Sadie Robinson says there is a mood to keep up the fight

Local government round-up

17 June 2014
Barnet | Kirlees | Scotland

Unison local government conference: Fury at Tory cuts creates mood to fight

17 June 2014
The Unison union’s local government conference took place in Brighton on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The conference hall simmered with anger at Tory austerity and policies that benefit the rich. Unison’s strike ballot of 600,000 members against a miserly 1 percent pay offer from bosses will put them potentially at the head of a strike of up to 1.4 million public sector workers on 10 July.

Let's all strike for better pay on July 10

17 June 2014
Local government workers are up for a fight at the Unison union's conference, and civil service workers are protesting outside their workplaces

Unison's conference will discuss plans for 10 July strikes

10 June 2014
Britain’s largest ­public sector union, Unison, will hold its national conference next week against the backdrop of potential coordinated strikes involving more than a million workers.

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