Unions prepare for mass strike

Congleton Guardian: Firefighters, council workers, teachers and civil servants are to strike on Thursday in bitter disputes with the Government Firefighters, council workers, teachers and civil servants are to strike on Thursday in bitter disputes with the Government

Unions are making final preparations for a huge strike by over a million council workers, teachers, civil servants and firefighters in bitter disputes with the Government over pay, pensions and spending cuts.

Ministers will be angrily attacked for their treatment of public sector workers during the industrial action on Thursday, which is set to be followed by further walkouts later in the year.

Health workers are set to be balloted for industrial action over pay, threatening the biggest outbreak of strike action in a generation.

Unions expect the Government to criticise the low turnout in ballots which paved the way for Thursday's walkout, amid expectation that the Conservatives will propose changes to balloting laws in next year's general election manifesto.

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged earlier this year that he would back tougher laws, including a higher threshold of those voting to take industrial action before a strike could go ahead. Business leaders have been pressing for a new law setting a target of at least 50% of those balloted having to vote in favour, an idea supported by the PM and other leading Conservatives.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has spoken of changes in balloting laws during previous strikes by Tube workers in the capital. But unions will argue that if the same restriction was placed on parliamentary elections, no MPs would be elected.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: "We are not relaxed about them [the strikes], but the point to make first is most public sector workers regard their duty to serve the public as being paramount, so most public service workers won't be going on strike on Thursday. It will be a minority and we don't know how many it will be.

"These strikes are based on ballots which are either with extremely low turnouts or, in some cases, with no recent ballot at all.

"The only teachers' union calling a strike, the NUT, is relying on a mandate in a ballot that was called nearly two years ago.

"Taking action, which if it is effective is going to damage the interests of children and a load of hard-working parents who just want to be able to go to work that day... it is really very irresponsible."

Interviewed on Sky TV, he also said there should be a rule that means a mandate expires after a certain amount of time.

Mick Cash, acting general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, said: "Reports that the Tories are planning to ban public sector strikes and ratchet up their anti-union laws are nothing new and will meet the fiercest possible resistance.

"The front line of defence against cuts and austerity is the organised working class and that is why the Tories and big business want to tighten the legal noose around our necks. They will have a fight on their hands."

Paul Kenny, leader of the GMB union, said: "Not a single MP has secured 50% of those eligible to vote in their constituency. There are no proposals for changes even though the outcome of that vote has a lot more significance than workers voting for action for a decent pay rise."

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9:30pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Forcing the kids out of school during term time! That should be a fine for every teacher to pay every parent then.
Forcing the kids out of school during term time! That should be a fine for every teacher to pay every parent then. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -4

10:20pm Sun 6 Jul 14

montygirl says...

No because the Government make the legislation for the school holiday rules not the teachers.Do your homework!
No because the Government make the legislation for the school holiday rules not the teachers.Do your homework! montygirl
  • Score: 6

11:14pm Sun 6 Jul 14

TheCaveman says...

Another prime example of public sector workers holding the people that pay their wages (Us, the taxpayers!) to ransom. If they don't like their pay and conditions they can execute their democratic right to go find another job or accept what they have - which in so many cases is better than they would get in the private sector - don't do it by causing problems and hardships for the rest of us.
Another prime example of public sector workers holding the people that pay their wages (Us, the taxpayers!) to ransom. If they don't like their pay and conditions they can execute their democratic right to go find another job or accept what they have - which in so many cases is better than they would get in the private sector - don't do it by causing problems and hardships for the rest of us. TheCaveman
  • Score: -10

2:28am Mon 7 Jul 14

blackburne67 says...

Every public sector job should strike & or protest.This does not have to disadvantage anybody that needs/uses public sector services & believe it or not but public sector workers also pay their taxes & use/needs the same services!!!
Every public sector job should strike & or protest.This does not have to disadvantage anybody that needs/uses public sector services & believe it or not but public sector workers also pay their taxes & use/needs the same services!!! blackburne67
  • Score: 5

7:35am Mon 7 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

GO FOR IT? LADS & LASSES STRIKE?
THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE STRIKES HERE?
It is about time this government under stand
They are not for the people here any more
And this county will come to a standstill till them in power.
Get the message we pay their wages to look after
All of us NOT JUST THE RICH HERE and they have STOPPED
Doing this now and your strike is only the beginning of the
Unrest here.
This will be a good time for Boris to test his water cannon do
You not think?
I hope all them in government are ready to run the county there
Self s for how long it takes to sort out.
THEY MUST UNDERSTAND WE OUT HERE LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD
NOT IN HIGHT AND MIGHTY WORLD OF RICH SPOILED PEOPLE.
AND WE WILL NOT BE TREATED LIKE CRAP ANY MORE.
GO FOR IT? LADS & LASSES STRIKE? THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE STRIKES HERE? It is about time this government under stand They are not for the people here any more And this county will come to a standstill till them in power. Get the message we pay their wages to look after All of us NOT JUST THE RICH HERE and they have STOPPED Doing this now and your strike is only the beginning of the Unrest here. This will be a good time for Boris to test his water cannon do You not think? I hope all them in government are ready to run the county there Self s for how long it takes to sort out. THEY MUST UNDERSTAND WE OUT HERE LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD NOT IN HIGHT AND MIGHTY WORLD OF RICH SPOILED PEOPLE. AND WE WILL NOT BE TREATED LIKE CRAP ANY MORE. jenkinsroy
  • Score: 3

12:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Shropshirelad says...






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These Public Servants seem to think that they are the only ones affected by the belt tightening and austerity measures now being implemented. If they compared themselves with other workers they would realise how lucky they are. The Police, the favourite "whipping boys" of this disgusting Tory coalition and the MPs mafia who supported Andrew Mitchell MP have had their pay, pensions and general conditions of service IMPOSED on them by this similarly disgusting Home Secretary. These changes have taken the force back to the 1920s AND THEY CANNOT STRIKE in protest, and yet, they will be used by the Tories to take all the hassle and brickbats from the strikers - and, afterwards will be (as they always are) criticised by the left and Tory right as usual. Only when the Police who have been betrayed and cast adrift by the Tories, can strike and protest just the same as any other public servant will I begin to have sympathy with striking Public Servants. Until one sees what the Tories have done to the Police pensions, salaries and conditions of service you haven't even began to feel the pinch and the only good thing to have come out of it is the fact that the Tories, one time friends of the Police are now the most hated, most loathed and most contemptible body in the minds of the Police that they had ever thought about any political party. Not only have the Tories wrecked what was once a very good Police Force, they set up (and those Tories responsible can be named) a deliberate campaign of abuse, criticism and intolerance towards the Police which hopefully, will be held against them until time immemorial. So, when those PS go on strike, just spare a thought for the copper standing a few feet away from you who has had his/her face rubbed in the dirt by the Tory coalition and are then being made to support the same Tories who are undeserving of loyalty by policing striking teachers etc etc.
  . .. . These Public Servants seem to think that they are the only ones affected by the belt tightening and austerity measures now being implemented. If they compared themselves with other workers they would realise how lucky they are. The Police, the favourite "whipping boys" of this disgusting Tory coalition and the MPs mafia who supported Andrew Mitchell MP have had their pay, pensions and general conditions of service IMPOSED on them by this similarly disgusting Home Secretary. These changes have taken the force back to the 1920s AND THEY CANNOT STRIKE in protest, and yet, they will be used by the Tories to take all the hassle and brickbats from the strikers - and, afterwards will be (as they always are) criticised by the left and Tory right as usual. Only when the Police who have been betrayed and cast adrift by the Tories, can strike and protest just the same as any other public servant will I begin to have sympathy with striking Public Servants. Until one sees what the Tories have done to the Police pensions, salaries and conditions of service you haven't even began to feel the pinch and the only good thing to have come out of it is the fact that the Tories, one time friends of the Police are now the most hated, most loathed and most contemptible body in the minds of the Police that they had ever thought about any political party. Not only have the Tories wrecked what was once a very good Police Force, they set up (and those Tories responsible can be named) a deliberate campaign of abuse, criticism and intolerance towards the Police which hopefully, will be held against them until time immemorial. So, when those PS go on strike, just spare a thought for the copper standing a few feet away from you who has had his/her face rubbed in the dirt by the Tory coalition and are then being made to support the same Tories who are undeserving of loyalty by policing striking teachers etc etc. Shropshirelad
  • Score: -2

2:57pm Mon 7 Jul 14

jenkinsroy says...

TheCaveman wrote:
Another prime example of public sector workers holding the people that pay their wages (Us, the taxpayers!) to ransom. If they don't like their pay and conditions they can execute their democratic right to go find another job or accept what they have - which in so many cases is better than they would get in the private sector - don't do it by causing problems and hardships for the rest of us.
ARE you going to teach the kids if we all walk out YES OR NO?
You do not seem to understand what is going on here do you
Them in government are going to give them self a 10% pay rise
And yes we the tax payers are going to pay this?
All we are asking is a little bit more not 10% like this government
Are after DO you think it is right for them to get their money
And all us how do the work out here get nothing at all if you
Think this is o.k. Then you are no better than the rich in power now
One rule for you and them and one for us who work hard with your kids
Day in day out. Do not forget if it was not for us teaching them all day.
You would have to stay home and look after them.
So we do not just teach them we look after for all you hard working
People all we want is the pay for this job?
I hope this puts a bit of light on why we are going to strike
AND YES ALL WE TAX PAYERS PAY OUR WAGES BUT DO NOT FORGET
WE ALSO PAY THE PEOPLE IN THIS GOVERNMENTS PAY AS WELL
OUT OF TAX FOUNDS.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaveman[/bold] wrote: Another prime example of public sector workers holding the people that pay their wages (Us, the taxpayers!) to ransom. If they don't like their pay and conditions they can execute their democratic right to go find another job or accept what they have - which in so many cases is better than they would get in the private sector - don't do it by causing problems and hardships for the rest of us.[/p][/quote]ARE you going to teach the kids if we all walk out YES OR NO? You do not seem to understand what is going on here do you Them in government are going to give them self a 10% pay rise And yes we the tax payers are going to pay this? All we are asking is a little bit more not 10% like this government Are after DO you think it is right for them to get their money And all us how do the work out here get nothing at all if you Think this is o.k. Then you are no better than the rich in power now One rule for you and them and one for us who work hard with your kids Day in day out. Do not forget if it was not for us teaching them all day. You would have to stay home and look after them. So we do not just teach them we look after for all you hard working People all we want is the pay for this job? I hope this puts a bit of light on why we are going to strike AND YES ALL WE TAX PAYERS PAY OUR WAGES BUT DO NOT FORGET WE ALSO PAY THE PEOPLE IN THIS GOVERNMENTS PAY AS WELL OUT OF TAX FOUNDS. jenkinsroy
  • Score: 1

10:30pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MadMicke12 says...

jenkinsroy. Just as a matter of interest, can I ask if you are a teacher and if so, what is your teaching subject.
jenkinsroy. Just as a matter of interest, can I ask if you are a teacher and if so, what is your teaching subject. MadMicke12
  • Score: 0
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