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First Great Western staff to be balloted for strike action over Olympics

Staff from First Great Western are to vote on whether to strike in a row over bonus pay for working during the Olympics. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union say the offer made to them was "inadequate".

They say other transport workers are being given bonuses worth hundreds of pounds during the games.

Some First Great Western staff are unhappy about bonus pay during the Olympics Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images


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Doctors on strike

Doctors to strike in row over pensions

It's the first time doctors have taken strike action in almost 40 years Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Doctors across the region are expected to strike today in a row with the government over increases to pension contributions and later retirement ages.

The action has been organised by the British Medical Association and will affect all non-urgent work like outpatient appointments, but doctors will still see patients who are ill. Most doctors will be taking industrial action for the first time, with the last dispute almost 40 years ago.


Fuel strike would be 'inappropriate'

Fuel tanker drivers have voted to go on strike in a row over safety standards. Around 2,000 of the Unite Union at various companies, including Chippenham-based haulage firm Wincanton, were balloted for the first national campaign of action for over a decade.

The MD of Manufacturing at Wincanton, Chris Kingshott, has called the action 'ill timed' and 'inappropriate'.

Wincanton tanker drivers vote in favour of industrial action

Fuel tanker drivers in Wiltshire based Wincanton have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. Of the 71.9% of people who turned up, 68.4% voted in favour of strike action.

Unite drivers supply fuel to 90% of the UK's forecourts and the union said a strike could close nearly 8,000 petrol stations.

You can find out more about the strike action here.

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