STRIKE WAVE:

Actions by workers started recently, in 2016 and developed in quantity in 2017.

Summer wave of strike action.

 This summer has seen a real wave of strike action, the last two weeks in particular by Birmingham and Doncaster binworkers and Glasgow janitors. But if the first few days of the autumn are anything to go by, workers are determined to take action against attacks on their pensions and to defend their jobs and increasingly to fight for a pay rise to protect their living standards.

Birmingham and Doncaster bin workers and Glasgow janitors.

Workers determined to take action against attacks on their pensions and to defend their jobs and increasingly to fight for a pay rise to protect their living standards.

Barts NHS Trust strike are on their 25th day of action.

McDonald’s workers in Cambridge and Crayford, walking out for the first time in the Britain.

RMT members fighting Driver Only Operation on Southern Rail, Merseyrail and Arrive Trains North.

And it will be the penultimate day of a 3 week strike by Argos warehouse workers.

Some details:

McDonald’s workers balloted at Crayford (south east London) and Cambridge stores have voted by 95.7 percent for strikes, and their BFAWU bakers’ union has now named Monday 4 September as the first strike day.

A strike committee of workers met and decided to go for the date for their historic action–the first ever strike at McDonald’s in Britain.

This Saturday 2 September, two days before the strike, BFAWU is holding a protest at McDonald’s HQ in East Finchley, north London. Various solidarity actions are to take place for example in Newport on the Isle of Wight and Oxford. Solidarity from the wider movement on this day, with banners, collections etc. On the day of the strike, Monday 4 September, workers at the Cambridge site will picket from 6 – 7am, while workers at the Crayford site will picket from 6 – 7.30am. The strikers and their supporters will then come together outside Parliament at 10.30/11am for a rally including confirmed special guests to be announced, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

Argos warehouse workers – Unite members started a 3 week strike on August 15 in Basildon in Essex, Bridgwater in Somerset, Castleford (West Yorkshire) and Heywood (Greater Manchester) and joined by workers at the Barton Business Park, Burton-on-Trent. There is an Argos Castleford picket,

Barts NHS Trust strike:

Support meetings organised. Barts strikers at Whipps Cross hospital – 7pm Thursday September 7th Star of India 875 High Road Leytonstone, E11 1HR London. Guest speakers (to date) include John Cryer, MP and Matt Wrack (FBU General Secretary).

Unite strike rally at Royal London July 4th

RMT strikes against DOO this Friday and Monday on both Arriva Rail North and Southern Railand Friday, Sunday and Monday on Merseyrail in guards’ safety dispute RMT calls on Transport Secretary for full disclosure of reported deal with Aslef on Southern Rail

After meeting with Metro Mayor over Merseyrail dispute fails to make progress RMT asks “which side are you on?” (Sept 30) – RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three day phase of strike action in the guards’ dispute which kicks off on Friday. RMT officials, led by General Secretary Mick Cash, met with Steve Rotheram along with Merseytravel officials Liam Robinson and Frank Rogers yesterday. The union has said that it is bitterly disappointed that the talks failed to make any progress as it was confirmed in stark terms that the axing of guards on Merseyrail is entirely finance led at a time when the private rail operator is awash with cash read more

Merseyrail Kirkdale picket

Demonstrate on September 2nd to save Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital. Local campaigners aiming to save Chatsworth Ward at Mansfield Community Hospital have organised a march and rally on Saturday, 2nd September. Assemble at the hospital on Stockwell Gate at 11am. The rally will be at noon in Butter Cross Square. #weareallchatsworth

TUC

Conference is in Brighton.

Britain still needs a pay rise – TUC Parliamentary Lobby and Rally

Date: Tuesday 17 October

Time: 4.30pm – 6pm for the rally (which follows a Parliamentary Lobby)

Venue: Parliament Square   https://www.tuc.org.uk/events/rally-and-lobby-parliament-fair-pay-public-servants

Unions

TSSA

TSSA PublicScotRail petition smashes 10,000 target in less than a week (30 Aug) – A TSSA petition demanding that the Scottish government bring ScotRail back into public ownership has gained over twelve thousand less than a week two days of going on-line.

Unite announces crane strike at HTC Wolffkran (29 Aug) – Widespread disruption of construction sites across the UK is anticipated after Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, announced the first strike date at tower crane company HTC Wolffkran, in a dispute over pay. The initial 24 hour strike on Friday 8 September has been called as Unite was ‘left with no option’ when the company refused to return to the negotiating table. HTC Wolffkran is the largest tower crane company in the UK and the strike will cause widespread disruption on many major projects including the new stadium being built by Tottenham Hotspur. Members voted for strike action after the company refused to continue negotiations and imposed a two year deal on the workers of a three per cent pay increase in both years and increasing annual leave to the standard industry level. The imposed pay increase is a cut in real terms as the retail price index (RPI) is currently 3.6 per cent.

Ireland: support crane drivers, CIF accused of transparent attempt to divide workers

Fawley oil refinery caterers in first ever strike over below inflation pay offer (24 Aug) – Catering staff working for Baxterstorey at the Fawley oil refinery canteen in Hampshire are set to strike for the first time tomorrow (Friday 25 August) in a dispute over a below inflation 1.5 per cent pay offer, Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 24 August). The 18 strong female workforce who cater for up to 1,000 workers in a safety critical environment at the refinery will be walking out for 24 hours from 00:01 hours Friday 25 August and for a further 24 hours on Tuesday 29 August. With more 24 hour walkouts planned for Friday 1 September and Tuesday 5 September, Unite called on Baxterstorey bosses to get back around the negotiating table, warning that they risked escalating the dispute if they sought to bus in staff to cover the striking workers.

British airways Mixed Fleet cabin crew strike:

Unite chief calls on British Airways to use ‘pause for peace’ to resolve cabin crew disputeafter 85 days of strike action- Unite have called on British Airways to use a ‘pause for peace’ to enter talks and find a resolution to the long running mixed fleet cabin crew dispute over pay and the sanctioning of striking workers. Writing to Alex Cruz, the boss of British Airways, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “You will be aware that we have not issued any further notice for strike action which will currently end on 30 August. “This is in order to create a ‘pause for peace’ so that our respective teams can get around the table with a view to securing a mutually accepted resolution to the current dispute. “Given the nature and length of the dispute I am more than willing to involve myself in any future talks with you and would ask that the company looks at a number of dates from 31 August onwards.” read more. Hardship fund created.

All London Bus Driver Demo (Driven to Distraction) – 9.30am Thursday 14th September City Hall The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2. London Assembly report tells us that bus drivers are working under enormous stress, having short breaks, lacking in toilet facilities, suffering enforced overtime causing major fatigue to drivers. Unite says that this is not acceptable and that TfL must implement the recommendations made in the Driven to Distraction report. Unite London Bus Drivers will present the Mayor with our own Bill of Rights to demand that he intervenes to ensure Bus Drivers are treated with respect. TfL have until October 2017 to implement those recommendations.

Unite planned for bank holiday strikes (25 Aug). 48 hours strike action from 00:01hrs on Sunday 27 August, will create safety and welfare issues for drivers and passengers   alike warned Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 25 August). Over 400 Unite members employed by TfL in the CentreComm control centre, as bus station controllers, network traffic controllers, infrastructure controllers, revenue protection inspectors and road transport enforcement officers are taking strike action in a dispute over pay.

PCS

Hoylake jobcentre strike underlines human cost of office closure (25 Aug) – The human cost of closing Hoylake Jobcentre was highlighted toby a well-supported strike by PCS members taking action against the closure of their office. The removal of this vital service from the community is part of the DWP strategy to close more than 100 offices over the next 5 years, with many jobcentres and other offices closing by March next year. Today’s closure in Hoylake will leave the community without a jobcentre that has been based in its current location since 2000, and will force the public to travel over 4 miles if they need to visit the office. The strike has been supported by 100% of the members in Hoylake and has sent a strong message to the department, with excellent support from other union branches, local activists and members of the PCS DWP group executive committee.

Whitley Bay strike: outrage as management start clearing office – PCS members striking against the closure of Whitley Bay jobcentre were outraged as DWP managers decided to start clearing the office of furniture while they picketed outside. No staff crossed the picket line on the second day of the strike and more than 25 pickets and supporters outside the jobcentre were shocked that management had decided to start clearing the office ahead of its closure.

Rock solid support for Sheffield jobcentre strike (25 Aug) – There has been rock solid support by PCS members for the latest 2-week strike against the closure of Eastern Avenue jobcentre in Sheffield. Our members at Eastern Avenue jobcentre began the action, the latest round of which ended today (25), on 14 August as part of the PCS campaign to protect services for unemployed, sick and disabled people.

31 August: PCS Home Office, MOJ and HMRC payday protests – PCS holding protests across the UK on 31 August calling for the 1% public sector pay cap to be scrapped on the day that the Home Office and Ministry of Justice plan to impose the cap for another 12 months. On 31 July, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) imposed the cap on employees for another 12 months. Just four weeks later on 31 August, the Home Office and MOJ plan to keep the 1% cap on their own pay award. This means that by 31 August, 3 of the largest departments in Whitehall will have delivered yet another real-terms cut in pay to their staff. Seven years of pay restraint, including the ongoing cap, have been highly damaging for many public sector workers.

Unison

Bron Afon Workers Step Up Action – Bron Afon workers strike Support workers at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran have begun their second 5-day strike in as many weeks. Unison members escalate their action to send a message to management that £3000 pay cuts will not be accepted lying down. Strikers have been boosted by visitors from PCS, Cardiff Trades Council, Newport Trades Council, Caerphilly Trades Council and other organisations, and by messages of support from service users. Wales Secretary of the FBU, and Jeremy Corbyn, urged management to “direct all their energy” to resolve the dispute.

Durham Teaching Assistants reject council’s offer to settle dispute –Durham County Council had voted to put a new proposal to Teaching Assistants. They say it was an improved offer and will see 78% of Teaching Assistants not losing money. However, the County Durham Teaching Assistants’ Activist Committee had serious concerns about the proposal for the following reasons: 22% of TAs are still facing a pay loss. They might have their pay protected for 2 years but they have already had 21 months of extreme stress not knowing if they can keep their homes or their jobs.

Kinsley School cleaners in Wakefield on indefinite strike since September 6th – Facebook Group.

RCN

RCN national, ScrapTheCap Pay Rally – 12.30pm Wednesday 6th September Central London.

BECTU

West End theatre workers seek 9% pay rise (22 Aug) – Theatre workers in London’s commercial West End are seeking a 9% pay rise in the pay review due in October. The ambitious pay claim is justified, says BECTU, by “the steady increase in the cost of living with RPI currently standing at 3.7%, with an anticipation that it will continue to rise throughout the year.” The pay claim for 2017/18, submitted in June, comes as the previous three-year deal draws to a close.

Picturehouse BECTU members from six cinemas dispute. Five of them in London were re-balloting up until August 29th. Picturehouse management refuse to meet with us to discuss our requests: recognition of our chosen union, BECTU; to pay no less than the London Living Wage; fair pay differentials for other pay grades; full company sick pay, maternity and paternity pay. The company have refused independent conciliation and have sacked four union reps at the Ritzy cinema in an attempt to undermine staff action. Picturehouse owners Cineworld made £93 million profit in 2016, while the CEO’s total pay package was worth over £2.5 million. They can afford to pay their staff properly.

BECTU Picturehouse reps who have been victimised. They have applied for interim relief and waiting for the result.

UCU

Indro Sen, a maths lecturer and trade union branch officer at the College of North West London (CNWL) has been dismissed for actions in assisting a former colleague at an employment tribunal case. He was voted by students as the most popular teacher, 2014-15. Demand is that that the College Governors and Senior Management Team reinstate Sen immediately.

NUT

SHAKE THE MAGIC MONEY TREE and SCRAP THE PAY CAP: Demonstration and rally – THURSDAY OCTOBER 12th. Assemble 5:30pm opposite Downing Street. March past Department for Health – Treasury – Department for Education – Home Office

NUT London school strikes against cuts at Forest Hill in Lewisham.

 Education unions have merged to form new organisation

In September Teachers have been strengthening and consolidating organisation in order to prepare for coming battles that are impending.

The creation of a new education union has become a reality following the amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the National Union of Teachers, creating the National Education Union.

IWGB

Demonstratton: September 27th Precarious Labour Strikes Back – The IWGB is planning a big precarious labour bonanza march through central London in September. On the 27th of September Uber will be appealing last year’s Employment Tribunal decision which awarded ‘worker’ status to Uber drivers. The lead claimants in this case are members of the IWGB. We are going to march through central London to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in support of our members and all Uber drivers, and to show ‘gig economy’ bosses, the courts and the British public that we will not lie down as our employment rights are taken away!

United Voices of the World Union

UVW members who clean and polish the Ferrari and Maserati showrooms in South Kensington are set to strike for a living wage. They are currently paid the minimum, poverty wage.

Refuse workers in Birmingham will be issued with redundancy notices after the council reneged on a deal that saw the lengthy bin strike suspended.

The seven-week strike action that saw mountains of waste pile up on streets was suspended on 16 August amid talks between Unite and the city council.

But the council said a planned meeting on Friday would not now go ahead.

Alex Flynn, of Unite, said there was a “very strong likelihood the strikes will resume”.

Unite officials are meeting to discuss a plan of action.

Unite said ahead of this council cabinet meeting that there would be industrial action if the deal was not given the go-ahead.

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Recent strikes and actions from the beginning of the year.

Rge Glasgow janitors 20-month strike ended in victory.

After a near two-year battle for a pay rise – led by Unison and dubbed locally as “Justice4Jannies” – janitors finally won a six per cent hike on the eve of the new school year. One of the longest-running recent labour disputes in Britain has come to an end with a victory for workers after a 20-month-long battle.They have earned a six per cent pay rise after the dispute between them and the council was finally settled on the eve of the new school year.

Sheffield Steelworkers’ Strike:

 In August there has been a warning of more industrial action at Sheffield factory as steelworkers’ strike ends.

Workers on strike at Rom Ltd, Brightside Lane.

Steelworkers who walked out on strike amid claims their Sheffield management had denied them a pay rise for 10 years have returned to work– but more industrial action is on the cards. Nearly 20 employees went on strike at fabricators Rom Ltd, on Brightside Lane, which makes reinforcement steel for the construction industry. It is understood Sheffield workers are pushing for a review of the current bonus system and an increase in their hourly pay rate.

Bank of England staff voted for strike –

July, Bank of England staff voted to strike over pay in the first strike action for over 50 years, the Unite union said. “Unite has informed the Bank of England that its members working in the maintenance, parlours and security departments will be taking four days of strike action on July 31, August 1, 2 and 3 2017,” Unite said in a statement.

“If the bank fails to resolve the pay dispute, the union will be consulting its members across other departments of the bank as part of the escalation plan.”

The dispute was caused by the imposition of a one percent increase in the pay pot for the year beginning March 2017, Unite said.

Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell on BMA/NUT joint London demonstration April 2016

Unite strike rally at Royal London July 4th

RMT strikes against DOO this Friday and Monday on both Arriva Rail North and Southern Railand Friday, Sunday and Monday on Merseyrail in guards’ safety dispute RMT calls on Transport Secretary for full disclosure of reported deal with Aslef on Southern Rail

After meeting with Metro Mayor over Merseyrail dispute fails to make progress RMT asks “which side are you on?” (Sept 30) – RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three day phase of strike action in the guards’ dispute which kicks off on Friday. RMT officials, led by General Secretary Mick Cash, met with Steve Rotheram along with Merseytravel officials Liam Robinson and Frank Rogers yesterday. The union has said that it is bitterly disappointed that the talks failed to make any progress as it was confirmed in stark terms that the axing of guards on Merseyrail is entirely finance led at a time when the private rail operator is awash with cash read more

St Barts’ Trust Strike:

Cleaners, Porters and Security

Industrial action took place from 4-6 July against private multinational Serco who are implementing job cuts, increased workload and are refusing to pay a 30p per hour increase in line with inflation. Rally to support cleaners at Royal London on 4th July.

More Postal Strikes Over Pay.

Postal deliveries in the Scarborough area were disrupted on 16th June following a wildcat strike by Royal Mail workers. Now a New round of postal strikes hit deliveries.

SCARBOROUGH postal deliveries disrupted by the latest round of Royal Mail strikes. A two-week campaign of strike action by postal workers started at 7pm.

The dispute is over over pay and job losses.

Each division within the Royal Mail has been allocated a different day to strike,

Increased productivity has been accompanied by poor pay, as the claim by the company in the form of profit, has held back the claim on new value added by workers in the form of wages.

In a tactical move, designed to cause continuous disruption throughout the period, the strike was today expected to affect all mail centres, with delivery and collection services being affected on Saturday.

Intransigence has been the attitude of the company since privatisation but things have come to a head as people lose patience.

Managers have been forced to “volunteer” to strike-break by the company.

On Saturday, services limited to a single collection from post boxes outside post offices and these collections could be earlier than the normal advertised times.

Staff at London school strike

Teachers and parents strike and form a picket line outside the Department for Education’s (DfE) London offices this morning in protest at more than a million pounds of “draconian” funding cuts to their school.

Staff belonging to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Forest Hill School in Lewisham, south-east London, joined by parents on Great Smith Street at 10.30am to demand ministers release “emergency funds” for the school.

WORKERS are increasingly fighting back against attacks by bosses and the government as new figures revealed yesterday that the number of days lost to strike action almost doubled last year.

The government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 322,000 working days were lost in 2016 compared with 170,000 the previous year.

Argos loses High Court bid as warehouse strikes continue

A High Court judgement thwarting a further attempt by the retail giant Argos to stop a two week strike was hailed as a ‘significant’ victory by Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 26 May), as it urged the company to stop trying to use the law to ride roughshod over workers’ legitimate concerns.

Today’s ruling is the second to go against Argos and comes just over midway through a two week continuous strike in a dispute over jobs and terms and conditions which started on 17 May.

Workers at BMW’s Cowley struck work

May

Workers at BMW’s Cowley Mini Plant strike for fourth time.BMW workers again take to the picket line to protest over proposals to scrap their final salary pension scheme.

Royal Mail: Pension closure plan, yet another attack on working class pensions.

Woolwich Ferry staff strike over sexual harassment

April

Woolwich Ferry staff set to strike over secretary’s ‘sexual harassment ordeal’

The ferry transports two million passengers across the river every year.

BMW Plant Swindon sees Workers Fighting for their Pensions.

Posted on April

PRODUCTION at Plant Swindon fell silent today when around 750 BMW employees walk out in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the union Unite walked out in the first day of strike action at the panel production plant in a generation.

This marked the first in a series of 24 hour strikes as part of a programme of industrial action stretching over five weeks over the closure of the pension scheme.

Picket lines have not appeared at Plant Swindon since 1986 when the production line was under the ownership of British Leyland, but today Swindon workers joined by colleagues striking at BMW’s other production plants in Cowley and Hams Hall in the West Midlands, marking the first ever strike by BMW’s British workforce.

Teachers Strike over Cuts:

April

Teachers’ union threatens strike over school budget cuts.

Strike action over funding cuts in England’s schools has been backed by the National Union of Teachers. Strike in challenge over budget shortages.

WASPI Workers Lobby Parliament on International Women’s Day

March.

WASPI, the Women Against State Pension Inequality, held a national demonstration at Westminster opposite the Houses of Parliament on March 8, International Women’s Day, which was also Budget Day. Groups and individual supporters from all over the country attended. Many wore black with a sash and a WASPI T-shirt.

The changes to the state pension affect some women born in the 1950s as part of the move to equalise pension ages for men and women, not to 60 but to 65. However, many were not warned that it would effect them, so were left worse off and with little time to prepare for it. The changes are a violation of the right to a decent pension in retirement for all women, as well as being a component part of the attack on the pension rights of all working people.

RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and drivers on Southern Rail strike again on the 13th March in the on-going disputes over the safety impact of the extension of Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services. Members strike in the two separate guards and drivers disputes from between 0001 hrs and 2359 hrs on Monday 13th March.

May 1,

Workers vote on taking industrial action over Royal Mail’s plan to end the current pension scheme.

The Future of the NHS!

On Saturday March 4, thousands of people from community health campaigns, health workers and their trade unions and people from all over England and Wales took part in a demonstration in London, marching from Tavistock Square to Parliament Square for a mass rally to affirm It’s Our NHS. This demonstration and rally, which was called by Health Campaigns Together last Autumn, has now become a major focus of what is a growing movement to safeguard the future of the NHS and for society to take the alternative direction to the government-led cuts, closures and privatisation of our health services.

Reinstate Kumaran, Recognise the union!

February

Leicestershire-based food giant Samworth Brothers are the owners of Cornish pasty maker Ginsters, as well as being the largest maker of certified Melton Mowbray pork pies. Last year alone they boasted of pre-tax profits of £41.7 million.

With the introduction of the new living wage last April, Samworth’s have cut paid breaks, and have ditched premium rates for working unsocial hours and overtime. Workers responded in their hundreds by joining the Bakers Food and Allied workers Union, packing a series of huge public meetings when the ‘restructuring’ was first announced in February.

But in a vicious turn of events, Kumaran Bose, one of the leading union organisers who has done much to speak out against the undemocratic nature of the pay restructuring, was sacked. Kumaran has worked for the company for twelve years with not a blemish to his name, but since the dispute has begun has been subjected to severe bullying from his managers.

Kumaran’s only “crime” has been his outstanding success in convincing more than 50% of the workers in his factory to join the Bakers Food and Allied workers Union. And what his Managers particularly disliked was his brave decision to stand up for his rights and refuse to accept that he and his fellow workers should be treated so appallingly and that their families should be denied a decent standard of living.

Bizarrely when Kumaran lodged a formal grievance against his Samworth Management at Kettleby Foods, the company management team responded by embarking upon a retaliatory disciplinary procedure against him, accusing Kumaran of bullying his employers.

Worse still, despite the fact that the majority of people at Kumaran’s factory are members of the Bakers Union, the company refused to give the union a voluntary recognition at the site.

A formal appeal against this decision has now been lodged with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

Gatwick Airport Workers Balloted:

February.

Gatwick Airport workers balloted for strike action over “poverty pay”

Gatwick workers who help passengers with reduced mobility vote..

The ballot, of 200 members, the majority of the workers are paid £7.65 an hour and three separate pay offers by managementm all have been rejected.

Low Paid Staff at Picturehouse on Strike

February

Staff at Picturehouse walk out on strike for a living wage.

Atomic weapons workers strike

UK’s atomic weapons workers vote to stage two 48hr strikes in January

Two 48-hour strikes from over what they claim are “broken promises” over pension cuts, Unite the Union announced.

Six hundred staff at the Atomic Weapons Establishment’s two sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield – both in Berkshire –strike for 48 hours from January 18 and then for another 48-hour period from January 30.

Cabin Crew Strike:

January

BA cabin crew strike takes off.

Cabin crew working for British Airways’s ‘mixed fleet’ began a 48-hour strike over pay.

More than 800 people joined Unite to take part in the action, expected to affect both short and long haul flights from Heathrow.

Southern Rail Drivers and Conductors step up their actions, which has increased the demand for control over their destiny.

January

Train drivers are once again taking strike action. Support is growing, particularly since the massive increase in fares and further deterioration of the Southern Rail franchise’s service.

Tube staff out in force across the network

January

Tube staff out in force across the network in fight for jobs and safety.

The strike action is ‎being solidly supported on every line, at every station and on picket lines right across the Tube network.

Teaching Assistants’ Strikes Broaden

December, 2016

Teaching Assistants rally at the Durham miners’ hall, Redhills

Durham and Derby teaching assistants (TAs) have been taking strike action in defence of their rights and terms and conditions of work. These actions began with a 48-hour strike by TAs in Durham on November 8-9 in response to an attack on their pay amounting to cuts of as much as 23%.

Similar cuts to TA pay in Derby have also led these education workers to take strike action. New contracts imposed in previous June mean some 2,700 staff losing a significant portion of pay averaging £300-£400 per month, and in some cases as much as 25%, or about £6,000 per year.

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