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McDonald's workers on strike in Cambridge

Workers at McDonald's in Cambridge are on strike

Workers at a McDonald's restaurant in Cambridge have walked out on strike in a dispute over pay and union recognition.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union is seeking formal recognition from the US fast food giant as well as campaigning for a #10-an-hour minimum wage and an end to lower rates for younger workers.

Annalise Peters, who work at McDonald's in Cambridge, said

The public and the Labour movement have given us so much support and encouragement. When we went on strike last September it felt like a new workers' movement was being born

– Annalise Peters, McDonalds worker

Paul Pomroy, chief executive of McDonald's UK, said none of the affected stores would close adding he prided himself on listening to staff.

We survey them twice a year, and have recently increased the starting pay rate, giving the biggest increase to younger workers.

– Paul Pomroy, McDonalds


January strikes to hit Greater Anglia rail passengers

RMT to strike on Greater Anglia Credit: PA

Greater Anglia rail passengers face more strikes in the New Year.

The RMT rail union say they are planning 24-hour strikes on the 8th, 10th and 12th of January. These are on top of the one planned on the 27th of December.

The action is part of the long-running row over the role of train guards.

The union’s general secretary Mick Cash said they had “no option” but to strike after attempts to negotiate had been “kicked back in our faces.”

Greater Anglia say they are "very disappointed", but plan to run a full service if the strikes go ahead.

Staff strike over Open University closures

Staff working in Cambridge for the Open University, which is based in Milton Keynes are going on strike today in protest at plans to close offices.

The support centre on Hills Road is one of seven earmarked for closure, with others in Bristol, Birmingham, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford also set to go.

The Open University wants to consolidate its support centres at three locations - Milton Keynes, Manchester and Nottingham - saying this will be better for students.

The University and College Union say it could result in the loss of more than 500 jobs. It follows a national strike on the 25th of November, which saw staff in all thirteen centres take action.

Ambulance service warns of disruption due to strike

Staff on strike in Ipswich in October Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) says there could be disruption to 999 responses today as health workers go on strike in a continued row over pay.

In October thousands walked out over the Government's decision not to accept a recommended 1 per cent pay rise for all NHS staff. Today midwives, paramedics and hospital porters will be among those taking part in four hours of national action, from 7am to 11am.

The EEAST says it does not know how many staff will take part, but that it has been working with the unions to make sure that those who need an emergency ambulance get the service they need.

"A considerable amount of contingency planning has taken place in preparation for this strike. We have been working closely with our union colleagues to ensure that those who need an emergency ambulance response get one...

"As always we are urging the public to think about using alternative services especially during the hours of strike action. "If you need medical help but it is not an emergency, consider your options, such as calling 111, contacting your GP or visiting your local pharmacist. This will help keep ambulances available to those in the greatest need."

– Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer for Resilience and Specialist Operations


Firefighters from our region join four day strike

Firefighters from our region are set to join a national four day strike from this evening in an ongoing row over pensions.

FBU Members on strike in Cambridge in 2013 Credit: PA Images

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out from 6pm tonight until 6am on Tuesday. Fire and rescue services say they have back up plans in place to respond to emergency calls.

Public sector workers strike across the region.

Schools have been closed, firefighters have been on strike and services at job centres, libraries and courts have all been affected in a day of industrial action by public sector workers.

Union members have been marching in places such as Peterborough, Northampton and Cambridge - however they've been criticised for causing inconvenience and the Government claims some unions didn't have a mandate for the action. Tanya Mercer reports from the west of the ITV Anglia region:

A day of disruption as public service workers strike

Another day of disruption across the region as public service workers staged their latest walkout in their long running dispute over pay and pensions. Schools have been closed, firefighters have been on strike and services at job centres, libraries and courts have all been affected.

Unions members say the strikes have been backed by almost all their members. But, in the increasingly bitter stand off, the Government claim some unions didn't have a mandate for the action. Malcolm Robertson reports on the strike in the east of the ITV Anglia region:

Government says most will work through the strike action

The Government says it is expecting most schools to open and most public sector workers to stay at work during Thursday's industrial action.

A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said: “The vast majority of dedicated public sector workers did not vote for today’s action, and early indications are that most are turning up for work as usual.

“We have rigorous contingency plans in place, services appear to be working well. and we expect most schools and job centres to open their doors."

“It is disappointing that, once again, some union leaders have pushed for strike action that will achieve nothing and benefit no one. Union leaders have relied on mandates for action that lack authority – the National Union of Teachers ballot was run nearly two years ago, while other ballots had extremely low turnouts.”

– Cabinet Office Spokesperson
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