UNISON

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Charlotte Zalens and Gemma Short

Following strikes on 3-4 February, 27-28 February and 2 March, management at the Information Commissioner’s Office have imposed the disputed new pay offer on staff.

This is despite half the staff having refused to sign up to the offer on an individual basis and demanding they negotiate with the recognised unions.

The pay offer was improved slightly as a result of the strikes, but it remains far short of meeting PCS’s demand for a 5% or £1,200 increase in annual pay.

Information Commissioner's Office imposes pay deal; Picturehouse Cinemas out to break union; Barnet council workers vote to strike over outsourcing.

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Unison probation members balloted over pay freeze

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Gemma Short

Unison probation workers will be balloted for strikes over their pay being frozen.

Employers have put forward a “full and final offer” of a non-consolidated £340 lump some to “eligible staff” – which means just those who are at the top of their pay band. Meaning all other staff get 0% for this year.

Because the lump sum is not being consolidated into salaries, it will not count towards pensions.

The dispute is for the 2014 pay claim. Unison says it will also start consultation shortly on what should be in the 2015 pay claim.

Unison probation workers will be balloted for strikes over their pay being frozen.

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Unison Special Conference and winning rank and file control of our Unions

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Ed Whitby (Unison activist - personal capacity)

In the aftermath of the Unison Local Government Special Conference, unison activists are rightly discussing where next, how can we build on this policy victory and make it a victory for low paid workers in our re-opened pay battle. In this contribution Ed Whitby discusses how we continue to reclaim not just this pay battle, but also the structures of our union from the workplaces and branches upwards.

In the aftermath of the Unison Local Government Special Conference, unison activists are rightly discussing where next, how can we build on this policy victory and make it a victory for low paid workers in our re-opened pay battle. In this contribution Ed Whitby discusses how we continue to reclaim not just this pay battle, but also the structures of our union from the workplaces and branches upwards.

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Charlotte Zalens, Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

Seventy Unison members who work with the homeless in Glasgow Council started an indefinite strike on Tuesday 31 March.

The strike is to win recognition of their work reflected in their pay grading. Unison says workers doing similar jobs are paid a pay grade higher than the homeless support workers.

Workers have been taking action short of strike action since January. Send messages of support to: Glasgow City Unison

Lewisham academies fight wins extension

Glasgow council workers strike; Lewisham academies fight wins extension; Unison rep reinstated; Network Rail pay ballot; RMT election.

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Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which, as previously reported in Solidarity, voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

The Executive conceded many criticisms in advance, not opposing critical motions, choosing to stand firm solely over re-submitting a pay claim for this year.

Local government workers in Unison held a special conference on 24 March which voted against the leadership to submit a new additional claim to achieve the living wage — throwing out the two-year deal the leadership had made with employers.

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Industrial news in brief

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Jon Johnson, Peggy Carter, Gemma Short and Charlotte Zalens

Members of the GMB, NASUWT and NUT, in the three schools in the Prendergast Federation in Lewisham, have escalated their strikes against the threat of the schools being turned into academies.

Stop Lewisham Academies; 5-day strike at National Gallery; Unison pay fight back on; care workers fight 9.5% pay cut; London Metropolitan University job cuts.

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Industrial news in brief

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Charlotte Zalens and Gemma Short

Pat Hutton, GMB rep at Queen Elizabeth Hospital where workers have been on strike to win the same terms and conditions as in-house workers, spoke to Solidarity.

"Since our last strikes at Christmas, GMB has been going round hospitals where they recruited scabs — in Liverpool, Coventry, Westminster, Chelsea, Kingston — organising to stop it.

A lot of the scabs were casuals and didn’t know what was going on. With the help of GMB in those places we put a stop to it.

Cleaners ballot on pay offer; National Gallery strikes continue; Essex FBU extend strike to nine days; defend all jobs on the Tube; no Academies in Lewisham; 80% of jobs to be outsourced in Barnet.

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Lewisham Hospital Worker #53 — 18 March 2015

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Lewisham Hospital Worker

Read the latest edition of Lewisham Hospital Worker online. In this issue: More belt tightening to come, offer made in QEH dispute, help campaign against academies in Lewisham.

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A workplace bulletin by Lewisham Hospital workers, for Lewisham Hospital workers.

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Unison members vote to accept 1% pay offer

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Gemma Short

Unison members have voted to accept the government's 1% pay offer for NHS workers.

67% of members voted to accept the offer, with 32% rejecting it. GMB, Society of Radiographers and the Royal College of Midwives members have already accepted the deal.

This is essentially an offer of 1% over two years for most health workers and a slightly bigger increase for those on the lowest pay.

Unison members have voted to accept the government's 1% pay offer for NHS workers.

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Charlotte Zalens, Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Cleaners at financial analyst Bloomberg planned to strike from 23-25 February in a continuing struggle over pay and conditions.

The cleaners, members of the IWGB union, won the Living Wage in November last year after strikes and occupations. The cleaners also got the Living Wage updated to the newest rate after threatening to strike earlier this month.

Cleaners' pay strikes; more strikes at Information Commissioner's Office; Tube unions begin pay talks with London Underground; National Gallery strikes; Your Choice Barnet strike.

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