Industrial Action

We Are Striking in Defence of Higher Education

Nick Cartwright | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Cartwright

I am taking part in industrial action because by asking us to do more for less our employers are ruining the experiences of our students and because I can see the unfairness of my employer employing the majority of men (52%) on permanent, full-time contracts, whilst the majority of women (56.4%) are in casualised employment. I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with colleagues and students in defence of higher education and to make it clear that casualisation and pay inequality are not acceptable.

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...

The Lone Wolf Now Runs In A Pack

Simon Fairweather | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Simon Fairweather

Perhaps the stolen camaraderie led me into my chosen profession - emergency medicine. The siege mentality, punishing rotas and huge reliance on teamwork made me feel like I belong somewhere. Sadly with the unrelenting workload and no sign of empathy from up high, I can feel myself drifting. For now, the search continues.

Thank God Junior Doctors Decided to Strike

Steve Doran | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

Working in care, you see things every day that would stop someone else's working week in its tracks. Watching someone die. Having someone verbally, or even physically, assault you. Listening to tearful co-workers saying this is it, they've had enough.

Seconds Out, Round One Review

Simon Fairweather | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

Round one has concluded. Dirty tricks displayed by the career politicians versus counterpunch tactics by the team wanting to maintain the moral high ground. A brief half time review:

Army Medics May Be Drafted In To Cover Junior Doctors While They Go On Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK

Army medics are likely to be drafted in if junior doctors go ahead with a planned strike this coming week. The British Medical Association (BMA) sa...

Doctors Strike Will Not Lead To Patient Deaths, According to BMJ

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Ahead of next month’s planned industrial action by British doctors, the British Medical Journal has published research that suggests patient fatalit...

Three Reasons Why a Doctor's Strike Is Ethically Justifiable

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rajiv Chandegra

On 17th October 2015, I marched alongside over 15,000 fellow junior doctors to protest against the government's imposition of a new working contract. With the reverberating plea of "Save our NHS" we finally gathered around the humbling statue of Gandhi at Parliament Square.

Time to Think Again About Crackdown on Right to Strike

Cathy Warwick | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Politics
Cathy Warwick

I hope the Government will listen. I hope they will think again and withdraw their plans to make the right to strike all but redundant. There is no need for it, it is unfair, and may well end up costing the taxpayer a great deal as agency staff are brought in to break strikes.

National Rail Strikes Called Off After Fresh Pay Rise Brokered

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK

A strike by Network Rail workers has been cancelled following an updated pay offer. The RMT Union had called for its members to walk out on Thursday a...

Why Midwives Are Set to Strike This Monday

Cathy Warwick | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Midwives saw their pay frozen back in 2011, frozen again in 2012, before it rose 1% in 2013. If the typical midwife's pay had risen in line with prices since 2010, she or he would be paid over £4,000 more per year than they're actually getting. Despite that deep fall in their standard of living, what midwives and others are asking for to resolve this dispute is not a king's ransom; they are asking for just a 1% rise.

Why We Should All Be Proud Of Pride: The Film

Lisa Higgins | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Higgins

After the screening, held in a swanky cinema at London's Barbican centre, a world away from a Welsh pit mine, various friends of Mark Ashton stood up to thank Warchus for portraying the events in such a truthful way, some of them weeping, they were so proud.

Performance-Related Pay Doesn't Work

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

Like poor managers the world over, Michael Gove believes in performance-related pay. Although not subject to this regime himself, he imagines that teachers will care about students more, be yet more passionate, focused, organized, energetic and committed if there's more money in it for them. Why would he imagine such a thing?

Why Teachers Are Striking Today

Chris Keates | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Teachers are committed and dedicated public service workers. They do not take strike action lightly. No teacher has any wish to inconvenience parents or disrupt pupils' education, but this action is not the failure or due to the unreasonableness of teachers. It is the failure and unreasonableness of the secretary of state...

The Responsibility for Teachers Taking Strike Action Rests With Michael Gove

Chris Keates | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

Over the last three years the Coalition Government has mounted savage attacks on teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service. To justify these attacks and education reforms, the Secretary of State has sought to denigrate teachers and present our public education system as broken. As a result the teaching profession is now in crisis.

Why Are HMRC Workers To Go On Strike?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK

Thousands of Revenue and Customs workers will go on strike tomorrow in the latest phase of months of industrial action by civil servants in a row over...

Ambulance Workers vote For Walkout Over Cuts

PA | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK

Ambulance workers are to stage a 24-hour strike in a long-running row over issues including cuts. Unite said its 450 members in the Yorkshire servi...

Police Fail In Vote For Right To Strike Over Pay Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Police officers across England and Wales have failed to gain enough votes in a poll seeking the right to strike. According to the Police Federati...

'We Will See Off The Tory Right'

PA | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK

The Government is on a fresh collision course with millions of workers after warnings of mass strikes in protest at pay freezes, job losses and other ...

Teachers To Strike Over Pay And Working Conditions, Union Announces

Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Politics

Teachers have voted for strike action over pay and working conditions, with 82.5% in favour, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced today. ...

South African Miners On Streets As Tensions Over Deaths Rise

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK

Thousands of striking miners took to the streets in South Africa as tension continues to rise following the shooting of 34 by police, the worst incide...

South African Miners' Murder Charges Dropped

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK

Murder charges against 270 South African miners whose striking colleagues were shot and killed by police have been provisionally dropped. The count...

Inquiry After Miners Shot Dead In Violent Battle With Police

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma will open an inquiry into a "tragic" incident where police opened fire on miners, killing 34. Speaking on Frida...

30 Dead After Police Open Fire On South African Miners (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK

At least 30 people have been killed in clashes between police and striking miners in South Africa, in what has been described as the worst violence si...

Talks Over Doctors' Pensions Could Reopen After BMA Action

PA | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK

Negotiations over doctors' pension reforms could reopen today after GPs and hospital doctors staged their first industrial action in almost 40 years. ...