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 […]

Nuclear workers to vote on strike action

Nuclear trade unions are to ballot for strike action in response to proposed pension cuts in the sector. The GMB, Prospect, Unite and ASLEF/TSSA unions met in London yesterday and organised the ballot in response to more than £660 million of pension cuts for 16,000 workers across 19 sites. The workers, who are primarily involved in decommissioning work, will vote in […]

‘Billions unspent preparing homes for energy price hikes’

Billions of pounds are going unspent in the Government’s new scheme to insulate homes, a trade union has warned. The new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which has replaced two existing schemes – the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) – obliges energy suppliers to improve the energy efficiency of […]

‘RIP Coryton’ wreath presented at protest

Coryton workers unveiled a RIP wreath at a protest today against the closure of the refinery. The wreath made by a local florist in the Essex town of Corringham summed up the sombre mood. Labour MEP Richard Howitt, (pictured right), who has helped campaign against the shutdown, joined the protest this morning. He tweeted: “Colours […]