United Kingdom - Public sector unions ballot for strike action - May 24, 2011

At its annual conference, the PCS civil service union agreed to ballot members over a national strike on 30 June over job cuts and in protest at government proposals for public sector pension reform. Public sector workers are facing the prospect of their pension contributions rising by 3% of pay and teaching and lecturing unions are also planning ballots over action. At the PCS conference, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, with 1.5 million members the country's biggest union, emphasized the importance of the alliance between his union and PCS against what he called “the savagery of the government coalition”. Other unions may also consider balloting with the prospect of a nationwide public sector strike. The National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers already launched ballots the same week. Up to 750,000 union members could walk out in June, affecting schools, courts, ports and job centres if the negotiations have not succeeded (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 April 2011).

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/422

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/18/public-sector-unions-ballot ...

http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm ...

http://www.unitetheunion.org/news__events/latest_news/unions_join_forces ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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