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UK’s ‘biggest’ public sector strike begins
A 24-hour strike by public sector employees over changes to their pensions has begun, and is set to be the UK’s biggest stoppage in a generation.
Workers began to walk out at midnight and the unions say around two million people will take part in the industrial action, causing disruption to public transport, schools, courts and council services.
The government wants workers in the public sector to pay more in pension contributions and work longer before they can retire.
Phil Bodmer reports.
The following people feature in this report:
Francis Maude MP, Cabinet Office Minister
Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary
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30 November strikes: Which unions are balloting and when?
Around three million workers are set to strike on 30 November – this is a guide to the different unions’ ballot timetables so far (Updated Tuesday 22 November)
Votes for strikes, starting with the most recent
|Union||% vote for strikes||% turnout|
|POA members in secure and special hospitals||75||25|
|RMT members in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary||60|
|INTO (teachers’ union, Northern Ireland)||87||44|
|Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP)||85||52|
|Society of Radiographers (SOR)||84||58|
|Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP)||64|
|Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) in Northern Ireland||77|
|NAHT headteachers’ union||75||54|
|Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)||86||66|
|EIS Scottish teachers’ union||82.2||54.2|
|Nipsa (Northern Ireland)
Balloted for strikes over pensions, pay and jobs
|The Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland (AHDS)||60||38|
- PCS: Live ballot over pensions, pay and cuts. Committed to November strike
- UCU: Members in Teachers’ Pension Scheme will strike again in autumn. Also won ballot last week for lecturers in older universities in USS pension scheme
- NUT: Committed to further coordinated strikes to defend pensions
- ATL: Committed to further coordinated strikes to defend pensions
- UCAC Welsh teachers’ union: Struck on 5 October and will also join 30 November
- Unison Northern Ireland: struck on 5 October and will also join 30 November
The following should be read alongside this article:
UK strikes: crowds & chaos expected this week at UK airports
Flying to London this week? Travellers arriving at London Heathrow and the UK’s other international airports this Wednesday, 30 November, should be prepared for a long wait at the UK Border Agency passport control.
British border agency and customs staff — and up to three million public sector workers in total — will be on strike for the day over pensions and other issues.
Public servants from other areas are being drafted in to check passports, but the BBC reports that this will be limited to European passports and electronic gates.
Business travellers entering on Australian or other foreign passports will be stuck in the extra-interminable queues reminiscent (but potentially worse) than strikes in June this year.
How bad are the queues likely to be? Travel blog Jaunted has some shudder-worthy shots of June’s queue — seventeen barrier switchbacks deep.
UK strike: see which unions voted for 30 November industrial action
Which unions will be walking out tomorrow? Workers ranging from lollipop ladies, cleaners and refuse collectors to tax inspectors, Government lawyers and diplomats will take part in the week’s pensions strike, reflecting the huge range of professions affected by the bitter dispute.
Giant public sector unions including Unison, which has over a million members, will join forces with smaller organisations such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which represents around 17,000 NHS staff.
Teachers, civil servants, nurses, social workers and builders will also take part in rallies and protests across the UK.
We have identified over 50 branches of 30 unions – including seven not affiliated to the TUC – whose members have voted to strike. They represent represent 2.6 million workers – and we have managed to break down the vote for most of the unions on our list: 2.1m ballot papers were sent out with an average ‘yes’ vote of 77.31% and a turnout of 38.55%
Here’s how the 645,076 yes votes we’ve found – an underestimate based on the unions which would reveal the figure – break down. All returning majorities range from less than 60% to 92%.
The full data is below. What can you do with it?
Voted yes for strike action
Voted yes for strike action, %
Total number of votes cast
Turnout for vote, %
SOURCE: UNIONS, PA
|Association of Educational Psychologists||64||30||0|
|Association of Headteachers and Deputies in Scotland||60||38|
|Association of Teachers and Lecturers – LGPS (England & Wales)||2,447||73||3,377||34|
|Association of Teachers and Lecturers – NILGPS (NI)||15||68||22|
|Association of Teachers and Lecturers – NITSS (NI)||447||69||645|
|Association of Teachers and Lecturers – STSS (Scotland)||67||71||95|
|Chartered Society of Physiotherapists – England & Wales||11,123||86||12,931||66||19,592|
|Chartered Society of Physiotherapists – Scotland||1,618||89.1||1,816||66||2,752|
|Civil Service Scheme (Unison)||389||86.83||448||48||933|
|Defence Support Group (Unite)||474||84.04||568||31||1,832|
|Educational Institute of Scotland||24,426||29,736||54.2||54,863|
|GMB – working in local government – nhs and civil service in england wales scotland ireland||59,400||80||74,250||33||225,000|
|Health Protection Agency (Unite)||143||63.56||226||31||729|
|Irish National Teachers Organisation||87||44||0|
|Local Government – England and Wales LGPS (Unite)||8,325||78.74||10,605||31||34,210|
|Local Government – England and Wales LGPS (Unite)||3,741||73.9||5,068||31||16,348|
|Local Government – Northern Ireland LGPS (Unite)||595||86.99||685||31||2,210|
|Local government, England and Wales (Unison)||149,522||76.25||196,554||30||655,180|
|Local government, Northern Ireland (Unison)||107||65.64||163||30||543|
|Local government, Scotland (Unison)||21,799||73.45||29,737||30||99,123|
|Ministry of Defence (Unite)||965||80.96||1,193||31||3,848|
|National Association of Head Teachers||9,919||75.8||13,101||53.6||24,442|
|National Offenders Management Scheme (Unite)||330||76.74||430||31||1,387|
|NHS Bioproducts Laboratory (Unite)||48||82.76||58||31||187|
|NHS England & Wales (Unite)||13,051||71.27||18,336||31||59,148|
|NHS Northern Ireland (Unite)||857||78.34||1,095||31||3,532|
|NHS Scotland (Unite)||3,460||80.52||4,303||31||13,881|
|NHS, England and Wales (Unison)||60,594||81.39||74,615||25||298,460|
|NHS, Northern Ireland (Unison)||100||81.97||122||25||488|
|NHS, Scotland (Unison)||13,236||87.56||15,141||25||60,564|
|Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance||12,366||66.87||18,492||33.13||55,816|
|NUT – Local Government Pension Scheme||246||82.2||297||40.6||732|
|NUT – Members in Fee paying Independent and Private Schools||1,578||89||1,777||27||6,581|
|NUT – Members in LA Schools||77,681||92||84,469||40.4||209,081|
|POA||(prison workers are banned from striking, but in a consultative ballot members voted 97% to oppose the pension changes)|
|Public and Commercial Services union||48,573||61.08||81,511||32.4||251,209|
|Rail, Maritime and Transport union – Royal Fleet Auxilliary||60||25|
|Rail, Maritime and Transport union – Tyne & Wear Metro||80||30|
|Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union||81||39|
|Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists||1,582||85.3||52||0|
|Society of Radiographers||8,504||58.2||17,500||58||30,172|
|Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association||77.2||33|
|Ulster Teachers’ Union||59.3||30|
|Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru||85||56||0|
|Union of Construction, Allied Trades, and Technicians||3,417||83||4,109||27||15,231|
|University and College Union||13,020||70||18,600||31||60,000|