On 14 February the PCS public services union will launch a national ballot of its members in the civil service to assess their support for industrial action over pay. The union is calling for a 10% pay rise, plus an increase to the allowance for workers in London, a £15-an-hour (€17.90) living wage, 35 days’ leave for all workers, a reduction in working time without loss of pay and a return to national bargaining. Meanwhile, members of the Unite trade union in local government are also being balloted over action with the union rejecting the local government employers’ offer of a 1.75% pay increase (2.75% for the lowest paid). Unite is also calling for a 10% pay rise.
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Around 8,000 members of the GMB union working for British Gas are being balloted for industrial action. The employees, mainly engineering workers, have already given 90% support for action in a consultative ballot. They are responding to threats from management to cut up to 25% of full-time equivalent staff working in non-customer facing roles. Read more at > GMB (EN)
Members of UNISON at the National Grid utilities company are voting on an overtime ban and work-to-rule in protest at the company’s pay offer. National Grid has offered just a lump sum payment and also wants to introduce poorer terms and conditions for new starters. Read more at > UNISON (EN)
(January 2017) The SIPTU services union is balloting health workers in selected hospitals over industrial action. The union is unhappy that important provisions in the main public sector agreements, particularly job evaluation, have been applied to nurses in emergency departments but not to other workers. The union said that it opted for the ballot for action after 15 months of negotiations had failed to deliver any progress. The result of the ballot is due on 13 February.