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University staff walk out on strike

University staff across the North West stage a one day strike today. UNISON claims their members' salaries increases have failed to keep pace with inflation.

This is the second one day strike over pay.

Lecturers will rally at 1pm on Hope Street in Liverpool. UNISON's assistant general secretary, Roger McKenzie will address members.

There are picket lines at higher education institutions across the region.

Strike vote over toilet rules at Merseyside factory

United biscuits

Hundreds of workers at a Merseyside biscuit factory could be balloted for strikes over a dispute including complaints that staff need permission to go to the toilet.

The GMB union said its executive will decide next week whether to ballot its members at United Biscuits in Aintree.

The union said a number of changes to existing agreements had been proposed, including new toilet break rules.

GMB official Sue Morgan said the company had been told of the depth of feeling among workers that changes were being made without consultation.

She said: "Regretfully, we have no option but to seek permission from the executive to hold an industrial action ballot."

Drink deliveries to the North West could be hit by strike action

Talks are due to be held to stop drivers at a logistics firm walking out. Action could hit the deliveries of beers, lagers and soft drinks to pubs, clubs and thousands of other sites in in the North West.

The Unite union warned that if a dispute with KNDL (Kuehne and Nagel Drinks Logistics) is not resolved, it will take action.

The depots affected include: Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington.

The union claimed a national agreement on terms and conditions was being changed, threatening job losses.

Union members voted by 85% in favour of strike action on a turnout of 64%. The union balloted 970 drivers, drayman and warehouse workers.

Our members take pride in their jobs and they know that the present system for delivering beer has worked well for more than a century. It provides high levels of customer satisfaction, is responsive and flexible and ensures that the beer is not unsettled by long journeys.

The changes being pushed through will not work. They will eventually lead to job losses and will cause enormous problems in delivering to customers. For drinkers up and down the country, it could even affect the quality of the beer.

We have tried to engage with the company but it has refused to resolve this dispute.

– Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy

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Teaching unions outline timetable of industrial action

The two largest teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, have announced a series of industrial actions in response to their dispute with the government over pay, pensions and workload.

The actions include:

  • National rallies across England and Wales in April and May
  • National strikes starting in the North West on June 27

If the Education Secretary does not "respond positively to the unions’ demands" there is also a chance of further strike action in the Autumn term, including a one-day nationwide strike.

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