30 June 2022

Active unions: end of June round-up

Care workers, train drivers and cabin crew for Easyjet and Ryanair are among the union members taking industrial action this week, while a threatened strike by bus drivers has led to a revised pay offer.

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Members at many other trade unions are already taking industrial action or being balloted.

Unite

A strike planned for 30 June by bus drivers working for Stagecoach on Merseyside has been suspended after the threat of action led to a revised pay offer. Members are being balloted on the offer. If it is rejected the second strike scheduled for Monday 4 July will go ahead as planned

More than 500 workers, comprising nearly the entire shopfloor of the CNH Industrial tractor factory, will strike on 30 June, 8, 11, 28, 29 July and 26 and 30 August. The company is Basildon’s largest employer. The workers are striking over a below inflation two year pay offer and comes after large scale strikes at the company in the USA in May.

Bus drivers working for Arriva in West Yorkshire went into the fourth week of an indefinite strike this week, disrupting services around Leeds.

Royal Mail managers have voted to strike in a dispute over job cuts, terms and conditions. Strike dates are to be announced later this week, and will involve about 2,400 managers across more than 1,000 delivery offices.

Heathrow-based cabin crew employed by CAE Crewing Services Ltd on its contract for Scandinavian airline SAS Connect have secured a pay rise which also reverses a 10% pay cut accepted by the workforce during the pandemic.

Ryanair and Easyjet

Cabin crew working for Ryanair in Spain in the USO and SITCPLA unions will walk out in their second three-day strike from 30 June to 2 July. The dispute is over pay and working conditions.

EasyJet’s cabin crew in Spain have announced three 72-hour walkouts, which will be from July 1 to 3, 15 to 17 and 29 to 31. The strikes will involve 450 members of staff who are based in El Prat (Barcelona), Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, all represented by the Spanish union USO.

This latest round of strikes is over pay. USO says that its members in Spain typically have a base salary of just €950 a month, which is €850 less than what the airline’s cabin crew in France and Germany get paid.

Aslef

Tram drivers in south London walked out for 48 hours from 28 June in a dispute over pay after rejecting a 3% pay offer from operator FirstGroup.

Train drivers working for Greater Anglia will strike on Saturday 2 July.

Unison

Care workers, registered nurses and residential home staff employed by Bristol-based care company St Monica Trust have announced a series of strike dates over threats to sack them unless they accept a pay cut – “fire and rehire”.

The first strike to oppose the move took place on 29 June, with further action planned for 2, 5, 10 and 11 July. Strikes will take place in the trust’s care homes across South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset.

 

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