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Roger Bannister, photo by Paul Mattsson

17 February 2010

Nominate Roger Bannister: Council workers need a fighting union

ROGER BANNISTER is a member of the Unison union's national executive, and campaigning to stand for election as Unison general secretary. Roger says the union must fight the cuts in Birmingham, which are being repeated by councils, health authorities and the education sector nationwide...

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30 September 2009

Leeds council workers' strike solid

Now in its fourth week, the striking bin workers in Leeds, with much support and donations from the public, are even more determined to win, writes A Unison steward.

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16 September 2009

Leeds council workers on indefinite strike

Around 600 Leeds "Streetscene" council workers, including street cleaners and refuse collectors, are on indefinite strike...

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28 January 2009

Scotland: Step up opposition to cuts

THE IMPACT of the cuts in local government spending signalled by both the UK and Scottish governments in late 2008 is beginning to show, writes Brian Smith, branch secretary, Glasgow city Unison (personal capacity).

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16 July 2008

Greenwich: Employers' hypocrisy

SHORTLY BEFORE many thousands of local government workers went on strike on 16-17 July, council workers in one London borough, Greenwich, condemned their council's and the Brown government's hypocrisy...

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25 June 2008

Council workers striking back

Unison members in local government have voted by 55% to 45% for a programme of sustained strike action against a derisory 2.45% pay offer.

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4 March 2008

Greenwich workers score victory against single status

Greenwich Unison members have voted to accept the council's latest 'single status' proposals. This follows a successful campaign by the trade unions, led by Greenwich Unison, demanding equal pay without pay cuts.

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19 February 2008

No wage cuts! Fund equal pay

Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O

Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O'Neill

"No pay cuts!" "Equal pay for women, now!" That's what Birmingham council workers will be saying as they strike for the second time on 26 February. Tens of thousands of members of GMB, Amicus, TGWU, UCATT and Unison struck on 5 February...

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12 February 2008

Birmingham council workers' biggest strike for decades

Greenwich council workers lobby the council, photo Paul Mattsson

Single status has meant cuts for many. Here, Greenwich council workers lobby the council. Photo Paul Mattsson

On 5 February, Birmingham saw its biggest strike for decades. Tens of thousands of Birmingham council workers were on strike and thousands stood outside... By Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party

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13 December 2007

Birmingham city council: Workers boo 'lead balloon' councillors

Birmingham city council: "WE'VE GOT a grudge with councillor Rudge," was one of the slogans displayed on placards by several hundred angry Birmingham city council workers... By Clive Walder

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14 November 2007

Birmingham council workers fight pay cuts

On 7 November Birmingham city council workers held a demonstration outside the council house in Birmingham city centre in protest against the council's plans to force through its gender pay equalisation plans which will mean... By Ted Smith, Birmingham Socialist Party

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24 August 2007

Glasgow council workers' victory: United strike action wins

Glasgow Social Workers on strike , photo Duncan Brown

Glasgow Social Workers on strike , photo Duncan Brown


After 20 days of all-out, indefinite strike action, over 600 Glasgow social care workers won a clear victory.

"Pay hike joy for striking council staff" was the headline in a recent issue of Glasgow's Evening Times..."

Brian Smith, UNISON secretary Glasgow social work services, writes in a personal capacity.

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14 August 2007

Glasgow Social Care Workers win clear victory

"Pay hike joy for striking council staff" was the headline of the Glasgow Evening Times....

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9 August 2007

Care workers stand firm (report 9/08/07)

Glasgow : "This strike is solid and we are staying out for all 600" said Ann of the Gorbals area team... By Ian Leech SCW UNISON steward (Personal capacity)

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12 July 2007

Council workers make a stand

Salford : Salford council workers are striking against management breaking long-standing agreements and casualising their jobs...

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3 May 2007

Greenwich workers fight on

THE CAMPAIGN by Greenwich council workers to stop a package of cuts to pay and conditions is still going from strength to strength...

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29 March 2007

Council workers fight pay cut scandal

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo Paul Mattsson

TUC rally in Westminster against cuts in public spending, photo Paul Mattsson

COUNCIL WORKERS across the country are facing yet another onslaught of attacks on jobs, services, pay and conditions...

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26 March 2007

Victory for Glasgow's Council Workers in the Fight for Protection

Glasgow's New Labour council have been forced to retreat in the face of a massive strike over their plans to cut the pay of 4,500 council workers....

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8 March 2007

Council workers ballot for city-wide strike

Southampton: IN SOUTHAMPTON, like many areas, the pain of council cuts is spread unevenly...

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29 November 2006

Glasgow council workers prepare to strike

UNISON MEMBERS in Glasgow Council have voted 2:1 in favour of strike action...

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