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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.

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.

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.  

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

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 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.

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.

Why local government workers should vote Yes to strike

27 May 2014
From classroom assistants to social workers, and from gardeners to engineers, up to a million local government workers are voting on strikes over the next few weeks after employers awarded them a pay rise of just 1 percent. Socialist Worker explains why Unison and GMB union members should vote Yes

Local government pay ballot could boost united walkouts

20 May 2014
The possibility of more than a million workers striking together in July has moved a step closer. The GMB union announced on Friday of last week that it is balloting 220,000 of its members in local government and schools over whether to strike over attacks on their pay.

Angry lobby over cuts to Sandwell youth services

25 March 2014
Some 200 people gathered at Sandwell Council in the West Midlands to lobby against significant cuts to youth services on Wednesday of last week.

Local government unions set to begin consultation over 1 percent pay offer

25 March 2014
Unison, Unite and GMB, the local government unions, are to begin an immediate consultation of their members over employers’ lousy 1 percent pay offer.

Local government unions fury at lack of pay offer

04 March 2014
Local government workers in Unison, GMB and Unite unions are furious at bosses’ failure to make a pay offer for this year.

Unison sets local government pay ultimatum

25 February 2014
Unison has given local government bosses until 1 April to respond to unions’ pay claim or they will begin a national branch consultation.

Council workers are fed up of 'peanuts' pay

04 February 2014
Local government workers across Britain joined protests for a decent pay rise on Tuesday of this week.

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