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Union to ballot 3,000 Sellafield workers for strike action

The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14th August 2017 Credit: PA

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, is balloting 3,000 members at Sellafield for strike action after the company ignored requests for further talks and said it would put in place a below-inflation pay offer.

Sellafield offered 1.5% in June which was rejected by 88% of GMB members on site during a consultative ballot. The Unite union is also balloting its 2,000 members at Sellafield.

The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14 August 2017 and will close on Monday, 4 September 2017.

Northern rail services disrupted as workers set to strike

The strike is part of an ongoing dispute on the role of Northern rail's train guards Credit: PA

Rail passengers in Cumbria are set to face further disruption with three days of industrial action planned.

RMT union workers are set to walkout from Friday 7 to Monday 10 July as part of an on-going dispute over Northern rail's plans to change the role of train guards.

Services along the Cumbrian coast and those between Carlisle and the north east will be affected.

Full updates on operating services over the period can be seen here.

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Sellafield firefighters vote for strike action

Sellafield nuclear power plant Credit: PA

Firefighters at Sellafield have voted for a series of 24 hour strikes in a dispute over pay and the grading of the role.

The GMB union said its members voted two to one to take the action.

They are due to hold talks with Sellafield bosses next week in an attempt to resolve their on-going issues, which may avert the strikes.

Members have expressed utter frustration to us at the way that the company has treated them and indeed it certainly appears that this has been taking place for many years.

Taking industrial action is a last resort to any worker and is a sign of them having no other option due to management action.

The firefighters do a vitally important job and they feel completely taken advantage of by management, relying on doing work over and above what they are paid for. It is sinful that this highly skilled group of workers have been put in this position.

The result is that they have turned out in large numbers to express their view and in so doing delivered a strong mandate for industrial action. The firefighters at Sellafield deserve better than this.

– Chris Jukes, GMB senior organiser for Sellafield

RMT Union postpone rail strikes following Manchester attack

RMT union have suspended a planned 24-hour strike Credit: ITV Border

Transport union, RMT union, have announced the suspension of planned strike action on Merseyrail, Northern rail and Southern rail, following the bombing at a music concert in Manchester.

The 24-hour strike was due to take place on Tuesday, 30 May.

In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action scheduled for Tuesday 30th May on Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Southern Rail.

Our thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the people of Manchester.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

Scottish teachers union vote for strike action

The Educational Institute of Scotland have voted to go on strike Credit: ITV Border

The Educational Institute of Scotland has voted for members to go on strike, as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

Over 90 per cent of the union members voted in favour of strike action, following what they say was college management's failure to deliver on a deal made last year.

Colleges Scotland has called the action hugely disappointing.

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Rail strike over driver-only trains to go ahead

RMT union members will strike for 24 hours next week Credit: PA

Trade union RMT has confirmed a strike against Northern rail, or Arriva Rail North, is set to go ahead despite talk of cancellations.

The guards and drivers members of the union will walk-out for 24 hours on Monday 13 March.

They say the dispute is over retaining train guards and the prospect of driver-only trains.

Exams 'won't be affected' by university strikes

University of Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Strikes by staff at the University of Cumbria will cause disruption tomorrow, but will not affect exams, according to the university.

The forthcoming strike action proposed by UCU is part of a national dispute.

The University of Cumbria has discussed the matter constructively with UCU locally, and all parties are committed to handling the action and any associated impact in a responsible and sensible way.

The industrial action could potentially cause some disruption to formal teaching but submission of coursework and assignments as well as examinations will not be affected. The university is making every effort to mitigate any impact on students.

– A spokesperson for the university
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