Thousands took part in a rally outside City Hall in support of strike action called by staff from Sheffield’s two universities and from other higher education institutions across the country. Staff at both of universities are taking action for better pay and working conditions, with many complaining about excessive workloads. University of Sheffield staff are also taking action for improved pensions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Jane Fearon, branch secretary for the University College Union at Sheffield Hallam.
Sheffield Trades Union Council has condemned the recent injunction obtained by Royal Mail which prevents postal staff from exercising their right to take strike action. 110,000 Communications Union members voted by over 97 per cent in favour of strike action in a 76 per cent turnout however the High Court ruled the vote invalid. Sheffield TUC fears the ruling may encourage other companies to use the courts to prevent industrial action. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to secretary of Sheffield TUC Martin Mayer.
Train commuters are set to be hit by a series of strikes in the run-up to Christmas in a long-running dispute over guards on trains. Northern members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have agreed to continue industrial action every Saturday through December. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the RMT Union.
Further strike action on Sheffield’s Supertram network is planned across eight days in August, Unite the Union has announced. The union is calling for constructive talks on pay. Train operator Stagecoach said they are disappointed by the action and claim they have already made a generous pay offer. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Unite the Union have denied claims by transport bosses that industrial action on the Supertram network is deliberately targeting Tramlines festival goers. Strike action over the past two weeks has caused disruption on Sheffield’s Supertram network with around 200 drivers and conductors taking part in a pay dispute that is yet to be resolved. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Supertram drivers and conductors have staged a 24 hour walkouts after rejecting a revised three-year pay offer. Unite members are seeking a pay increase of up to 50p an hour and further strikes are planned after the union rejected an offer they same amounts to around 25p an hour. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
As justice campaigners mark 34 years since the Battle of Orgreave, former miner Kevin Horne shared his recollections of the day with Sheffield Live! Baillor Jalloh reports.
Hundreds joined a rally to mark the 34th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave as campaigners continue to make the case for a public enquiry. In October 2016 Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced there would be no public enquiry but campaigners, including Brightside and Hillsborough MP, Gill Furniss, are calling on the Government and new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to think again. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live
A group of students have occupied the Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield in support of lecturers on strike over pensions. The University and College Union (UCU) is in dispute with Universities UK, the employer organisation for universities nationwide, over changes to staff pensions arrangements. The students say university management are complicit in “attacks” on pensions as “part of a wider agenda of marketisation” of the education system. A University of Sheffield spokesperson told Sheffield Live: “The University is aware of the situation and will be providing information as appropriate to staff and students”. Baillor Jalloh reports.
The RMT union are planning a series of 24 hour rail strikes in January in a long-running row over driver-only trains, the role of guards and the safety of passengers and railworkers. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!