Postal and training staff participate in contemporary wave of strikes



contemporary wave of strikes shall be held on Wednesday because the 12 months of business unrest continues throughout the nation.

Royal Mail staff, college lecturers and sixth-form school employees will take motion on one of many greatest walkouts on the identical day.

Picket traces shall be mounted outdoors universities, faculties and Royal Mail centres whereas extra strikes are deliberate within the run-up to Christmas.

Members of the Communication Staff Union (CWU) are additionally planning seven extra strikes in December, together with Christmas Eve.

The union mentioned its members shall be in London on December 9 for the “greatest strike demonstration this nation has ever seen”.

Nationwide Training Union (NEU) trainer members who work in 77 sixth-form faculties in England shall be on strike in a dispute over pay.

The union mentioned lecturers working in sixth-form faculties have suffered a real-terms pay reduce of an estimated 20% since 2010. A poll confirmed large assist for industrial motion.

Dr Mary Bousted, joint basic secretary of the NEU, mentioned: “Members take strike motion with nice reluctance, however the results of real-terms pay losses are just too pressing for them to endure the state of affairs any longer.

“These cuts are driving an exodus from the occupation while offering little incentive to these searching for a profession in educating.

“The overwhelming majority of lecturers in sixth-form faculties will obtain a 5% pay rise this 12 months, which merely doesn’t take care of the consequences of inflation.

“The Authorities is failing to behave to guard the pay and residing requirements of our members, and it’s within the reward of the Training Secretary to make that change. The message from members on this strike day is that she should accomplish that urgently.”

The College and Faculty Union (UCU) is following up a 48-hour strike final week with a 24-hour stoppage amongst college employees and is holding a rally in London.

UCU members at 150 universities shall be on strike.

UCU basic secretary Jo Grady mentioned: “Final week college employees delivered historic strike motion and this week they’re doing it once more. Vice chancellors are about to witness one other large present of energy.

“College employees are ready to do no matter it takes to win respectable pay, safe employment and honest pensions, and vice chancellors want to grasp that they can not merely experience this out. College students and employees are united like by no means earlier than.

“On the nationwide rally in London, the whole motion will present it’s behind UCU’s marketing campaign to avoid wasting greater training. It’s clear those that run our universities have gotten more and more remoted.

“Our union is able to ship extra industrial motion subsequent 12 months, however avoiding that’s solely the duty of employers who’ve this week to make an improved supply. The ball is of their court docket.”

UCU members on the College of Sheffield Worldwide Faculty are on strike for 3 days, ending on Wednesday, in a long-running dispute over low pay.

The union says the motion is the first-ever strike to happen in a privatised greater training supplier.

In the meantime, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Community Rail and 14 prepare operators are planning 4 48-hour strikes on December 13-14 and 16-17, and January 3-4 and 6-7 January, and an extra time ban over Christmas which can cripple companies.

The union’s basic secretary Mick Lynch held talks with the Transport Secretary final week however there was no breakthrough within the long-running dispute over jobs, pay and situations.

CWU basic secretary Dave Ward mentioned: “Royal Mail bosses are risking a Christmas meltdown due to their cussed refusal to deal with their staff with respect.

“Postal staff wish to get on with serving the communities they belong to, delivering Christmas presents and tackling the backlog from latest weeks.

“However they know their worth and they won’t meekly settle for the casualisation of their jobs, the destruction of their situations and the impoverishment of their households.

“This may be resolved if Royal Mail start treating their staff with respect and meet with the union to resolve this dispute.”

A Royal Mail spokesperson mentioned: “The CWU is putting at our busiest time, holding Christmas to ransom for our clients, companies and households throughout the nation.

“We apologise to our clients and strongly urge them to submit early for Christmas.

“We’re proud to have the very best pay and situations in our trade. In an trade dominated by the ‘gig financial system’, insecure work and low pay, our mannequin units us aside and we wish to protect it.

“Regardless of dropping greater than £1 million a day, we have now made a greatest and last pay supply value as much as 9%. Strike motion has already price our folks £1,000 every and is placing extra jobs in danger.

“The cash allotted to the pay deal must be going to our folks, however it dangers being eaten away by the prices of additional strike motion.

“We as soon as once more urge the CWU to name off strike motion. We stay out there to satisfy to debate our greatest and last supply.”

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