UK Strike

Junior Doctors' New Strike Threat Is Unlawful -- Should They Be Fired?

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michael Arnheim

n law, any strike action is automatically a breach of contract. To save a strike from being unlawful - and therefore entitling the employer to sack the strikers -- a strike ballot has to be held. But, a valid ballot must follow certain precise rules, the whole point being to prevent strikes which do not have the support of the majority of the employees concerned.

Why the Teacher Strike Isn't Just About Teachers

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

At a time when teachers, parents and children have had a tough year at the whims of the government, the issues over which NUT members have been forced to strike have more resonance with the public than ever before.

Teaching Assistants' Pay: Why It's Anything But Fair

Anna-Christina Connelly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna-Christina Connelly

I've been thinking a lot about teaching assistants this week. As my Twitter followers might know, I've been tweeting about the Durham TAs and following the striking Derby TAs and generally, reflecting upon how badly we treat our school support staff. As a former teaching assistant myself, they have my total support.

The Southern Rail Strike Is Bringing Out Everyone's Inner Comedian

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Comedy

Members of staff employed by Southern Rail are on strike today in a dispute over plans to reduce the number of conductors on their services. The disru...

People Are Striking Not to Cause Disruptions to Students - But Because They Can See No Other Way of Education Surviving

Megan Sherman | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

The lecturers' pay strike is not so much a disruption to teaching as an attempt to organise against the disruption to education created by rampant privatization... As the general strike of 4 July looms ahead of us, the lecturers' struggle is a stark reminder of why we must unite. When the bosses have sealed the doors and burned the ladders, industrial action is the only recourse.

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.

Why I'll Be Supporting the Let The Kids Be Kids Protest on Tuesday

Lottie Storey | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Lottie Storey

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, parents up and down the land will be keeping their kids off school. Why? In protest at the unprecedented levels of testing that...

Should Junior Doctors Strike or Not?

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

The responsibility lies with the government; they have chosen to spend £9m on a leaflet about Brexit without spending this on having more junior doctors or investing in a better contract for junior doctors.

Junior Doctors' Contracts: The Undergraduate Perspective

Sam Harrison | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

As strike action by junior doctors continues, the government is apparently in quandary over whether it is 'imposing' or 'introducing' the new contract. Whichever they choose, the contract will currently apply only to new junior doctors: the current Medical undergraduates. Yet their voice has been peculiarly neglected in the debate.

Junior Doctors - Burnt Out Before They Begin

Hannah Barham-Brown | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Barham-Brown

Medicine is where my heart is. It is what I have worked so hard for. Now I'm heading into my finals exams, and it's only going to get harder. But the government has been attacking me and my profession for months now, and I'm exhausted.

Yes, It IS About the Money

Dr. M Ali Abbasi | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Dr. M Ali Abbasi

The objection to the junior doctor pay deal on offer is not childish petulance, avariciousness or political gaming. Nor is it an attempt to align junior doctor remuneration with financial sector packages. But it IS about money and being paid a fair wage for a demanding job.

A Mutiny Against Scrutiny: Tories, Trade Unions and Terrible Consequences For Workers

Bethan Forrest | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Bethan Forrest

Their ultimate goal is striking a balance of cohesion between the aims of the employer and the needs of the worker. This Bill does little but smash the scales of fairness to pieces. The question will be, after the implementation of the Trade Union Bill, how can we even begin to put them back together again?

Junior Doctors and the NHS Culture of Management

Julian Vigo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

The junior doctors' strike this past September protested the proposed salary cuts of up to 30%, an increase in these doctors working antisocial shift...

Am I a Moderate or a Militant Doctor?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

I am a GP partner and also train junior doctors in inner city Manchester. I have been a doctor for 13 years. I am writing not as a junior doctor but as a voice for my patients that I've looked after for the past 10 years...

Why Van Halen's Dislike for Brown M&Ms Means I Will be Voting Yes/Yes for Junior Doctors' Strike Action.......

Chris James | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Chris James

In the last week it has been announced by the brave souls at the top of the BMA that they will be balloting their members - the majority of your "juni...

I Hope the 'Free The Night' Tube Guy Is OK?

Andy Bush | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Andy Bush

So they've just announced that the night tube is being postponed. The bloke in the posters hasn't taken it very well. Hope he's ok?

What Are You Complaining About?

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kenny Imafidon

The tube strike taking place in London has definitely been a big topic of conversation this week, especially today. Many of our simple journeys to work today will be like journeys from hell, the buses will be jam-packed and have us feeling like we are in a tin of sardines. I am not surprised that people will be unhappy with the tube drivers for all the inconvenience they will face.

TfL Strike: The Legacy of a Fleeting Mayor

George Dokimakis | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

For a Mayor who under-invested to improve London's ageing infrastructure yet had no issues in investing in new vanity ideas such as the air line and the garden bridge, the approach to TfL negotiations should be expected. As he abandons the office, he does not have to deal with the consequences.

Enough's Enough - Time to Stop London Being Held Hostage by Transport Unions

Luke Springthorpe | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Politics
Luke Springthorpe

Tt is clearly no longer acceptable for a few militant trade union leaders to regularly seek to squeeze yet more money out of the hard-pressed London taxpayer and fare payer. London is a great city but its position as a services capital of the world is fragile and dependant on it remaining a convenient place to do business.

Standing Together With National Gallery Staff

Julie Ward | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

I will continue to stand with the staff of the National Gallery, just as I will be taking a stand emphatically for our place in Europe, in the historic choice our country now faces.

The Rail Strike May Have Been Cancelled, But There's Still Chaos And Confusion

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK

Commuters and football fans still face chaos and confusion this bank holiday weekend, despite the last-minute announcement that the planned rail strik...

Ridiculous' Nursing Union Is Already On The Wrong Side Of Jeremy Hunt

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Health Secretary has attacked a nursing union for its “ridiculous” threats to strike over plans for a seven-day NHS. Jeremy Hunt accused th...

People Are Using The Daily Mail's £1 Ferry Offer To Help Migrants In Calais

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK

Your average Daily Mail reader might take advantage of the newspaper's £1 ferry offer to load up on bargain French wine, tour the battlefields or vis...

Midwives Have Walked Out Of Hospitals Today

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

The Royal College of Midwives is striking for the first time in its 133-year history as it joins other healthcare unions in walking out of work today....

The Unions Fight is Our Fight

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

How will we attract more people into teaching, when they will be treated so poorly and fragrantly ignored by their Secretary of State? How can we expect a good education for future children when teachers are so overworked and underpaid? ... We should be supporting them in their struggle for fairer treatment and a better education system for all.