With US fast food giant McDonalds facing its first ever strike at two sites in the UK, a solidarity protest was organised outside the company’s Sheffield city centre branch. Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union supported workers in Cambridge and Crayford are striking over pay and conditions, seeking a minimum of ten pounds an hour and an end to zero hour contracts. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Martin Mayer, secretary of Sheffield Trades Union Council.
A five day bin strike in Doncaster has been called off by members of the Unite union after a new offer on pay and jobs was agreed with private contractor Suez. Union members had threatened to stage a series of walkouts but now say the pay dispute has been resolved after a revised offer was accepted unanimously. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Unite officer Shane Sweeting.
Job centre workers held a one-day strike in a dispute over plans to close Sheffield Eastern Avenue Jobcentre on the Manor Top estate. The Public and Commercial Services Union says the job centre is located in one of the most deprived areas of the city and provides a vital service to the local community. A further five-day strike is expected to begin on Monday. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield refuse workers have walked out for the second time in a week over a pay dispute with waste management company Veolia. GMB union members have taken industrial action after waste management bosses refused to offer them the two percent pay rise which they sought. Around 120 GMB union members were at the picket line on Monday. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Michael Hinchliffe, GMB regional convenor.
Sheffield refuse workers walked out this week in a twenty four hour industrial action over pay. The strike affected households in the S6 area including Halfway, Southey Green and Foxhill. The strikes follow a failure to reach agreement between the GMB union Veolia, the company working on behalf of Sheffield City council to manage refuse collection services. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Robert MacNeil Wilson, author of a fictional account of the miners strike, has backed calls for an enquiry into the Battle of Orgreave. Wilson’s novel, The Enemy Within, is based on the author’s first hand experience of the miners’ strike of 1984 to 1985. Orgreave justice campaigners met recently with Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Government is expected to make an announcement on the matter in October. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Robert MacNeil Wilson.
Thousands of Junior Doctors have taken strike action across the country, affecting around three thousand appointments and operations. It’s the second strike over proposed new contracts. Negotiations have been taking place, but the Government and the British Medical Association have failed to reach an agreement. Picket lines have been outside all major hospitals across the country today.
Thousands of junior doctors have taken strike action today, in a row over a proposed new contract. The first walk out in forty years comes after the Government’s plans for a ‘seven day NHS.’ Prime Minister, David Cameron said this strike, and another later this month, will provide ‘real difficulties’ for patients.
The GMB held a picket today at the Beighton Road recycling site. They are asking for better facilities, fairer pay and against alleged bullying. Veolia and Sheffield City Council said they are continuing to support the Green Company and are encouraging discussions so that issues can be resolved quickly.
Radiographers went on strike for the first time in over 30 years. The half day strike is the latest in a number of stoppages by NHS workers to get a one percent pay rise this year. NHS workers have only had one increase in the last 5 years.