“We don’t want to lose our carers”

February 7, 2011

Monday 7th February 2011

By Adam Kula, Swindon Advertiser

A DISABLED father and his parents have appealed to Swindon council – Save Our Carers. The Hardy family claim that cutting the jobs of 64 home carers and farming their work out to the private sector is a ruthless move which is hitting the vulnerable. Read the rest of this entry »


Car parking attendants to go on strike

November 20, 2010

Charley Morgan, Swindon Advertiser

CAR parking attendants are planning to go on strike on the first day of late-night Christmas shopping tomorrow.

The industrial action is the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Swindon Council and Unison members over pay.

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Ambulance crews’ anger over shifts

November 15, 2010

By Scott McPherson, Swindon Advertiser

ALMOST 100 per cent of Ambulance crews in Wiltshire have indicated that they would be prepared to strike over changes being made to their shift patterns.

Crews in Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire have indicated that they would take industrial action over sweeping changes being implemented by Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Read the rest of this entry »

Unison members strike on Fridays too

November 9, 2010

8th November 2010

STRIKE action by Unison members was escalated as the union members extended their weekend strikes to Friday too.

Staff belonging to the union from the town’s car parks did not work on Friday and those at the Link Centre stopped work at 8pm on Friday too. Swindon Council’s leisure, car parking and parks staff have been taking industrial action following a dispute over pay.

The council has withdrawn extra pay for working unsociable hours like evenings and weekends.

Some staff are losing £300 a week because of it and Unison members have been on strike at weekends since September 25.

Unison branch secretary Bob Cretchley said the union was preparing to ballot staff from other council departments.

We have already given notice that we are balloting further groups in the libraries and museums departments and we could be escalating the action,” he said.

But we did have a meeting with the council on Thursday and they indicated they were looking to try and find a way to resolve this.”

From the Swindon Advertiser. Looks like an Adver error; that should be £300 a month.

Industrial action threat by ambulance staff

November 4, 2010

Wednesday 3rd November 2010

By Charly Morgan, Swindon Advertiser

Ambulance staff could take industrial action in a dispute over changes to their working conditions.

The Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) says it needs to change the shift system to handle increased demand from 999 calls.

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Swindon fights back

October 23, 2010

UNISON members in Swindon are fighting back against their employer with a series of rolling strikes, after the council decided to unilaterally axe payments to staff for working unsocial hours.

The council has refused to negotiate, so members are striking each weekend, affecting car parks, leisure centres and country parks.

South West regional organiser Chris Howe says that the first weekend of action went well.

The largest leisure centre in Swindon had to be closed,” he explains. “But members of the public that we spoke to were understanding.”

Indeed, the pickets at car parks in the area reported “no negative comments” and even some donations to the hardship fund.

But the branch is appealing for more support for the hardship fund in order to maintain action.

You can send a donation to: UNISON, Civic Offices, Swindon SN1 2JH, cheques made payable to Swindon UNISON branch.


COUNCIL BUDGET: Union members turn out in force

October 10, 2010

TRADES union members from across the region showed their solidarity with Swindon by turning out in force to protest ahead of last night’s council meeting.

Holding banners and placards, they stood shoulder to shoulder with residents who were there to speak out on cuts to some of the services they rely upon. Read the rest of this entry »