Hinkley Point C: Unions to ballot for strike action

Trade unions for construction workers at the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset are to hold a ballot for strike action in a dispute over pay. It comes as more than 95% of GMB and Unite members voted against the proposed pay increase offered by French utility EDF and its contractor BYLOR. The dispute, which […]

UK ‘needs to protect against strikes on vital services’

The UK Government should consider amending trade union laws to protect the public from strikes on essential services, such as those provided by the energy sector. That’s according to Nicholas Finney OBE, Commissioner for the Independent Transport Commission, who says the most vulnerable are the most badly affected by strike action as they are less […]

Surrey bin men vote to strike

Bin men and rubbish truck drivers in Reigate and Banstead have voted to take strike action. The members of the GMB union for refuse and recycling voted 97.7% in favour of the decision after claiming the local council “wilfully breached” an agreed pay and progression freeze by changing staff contracts despite months of talks to find middle ground. The […]

GMB Sellafield health monitors to strike next week

GMB trade union members are striking at Sellafield nuclear plant next week over a dispute concerning pay. Health Physics Monitors (HPMs), who assess radiological safety, will take action from midnight on 28th July for 24 hours for better pay. The result of the official strike ballot was announced on 6th July 2015 when 97.8% voted Yes and […]

Tanker vote is in: ‘Yes’ to strike action

Tanker drivers from Britain’s largest union today voted in favour of strike action in protest over safety concerns and “growing” job insecurity in the fuel industry. Members of Unite working for five major fuel distribution firms delivering fuel for household names, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, BP, Shell and Esso backed industrial action by an average of […]

Oil tanker strike threat

Oil tanker drivers are threatening strike action, according to the union Unite. Britain’s largest union is holding a ballot today to determine whether its 2,000 tanker driver members will begin industrial action over what it says are unfair employment terms. The ballot closes this afternoon. Unite claims “behind the scenes, the major employers have been […]