Who is on strike today and how does it affect you?
A grab bag of workers will move out today in the latest chapter of months of labor unrest in Britain.
Legal advisers and court officials who are members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents civil servants, are on strike.
The HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) operates most courts and tribunals in England and Wales.
The agency has switched to a digital case management system called Common Platform, which union members see as “failing” and inefficient.
PCS says there has been an “alarming increase in reports of stress and anxiety and working long hours” since the IT system was introduced, with some members feeling overworked.
“Working through lunch breaks and overtime should be the exception, not the norm,” the union has previously said.
Barrow in Furness
Bradford & Keighley
Crewe (South Cheshire)
HMCTS Osprey house
Hull and Tenacity
Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court
Civil and Family Court Liverpool
Luton and South Bedfordshire
Central and south-east Northumberland
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Newport (South Wales)
Wigan and Leigh
Today, some 300 PCS union members will file labor lawsuits in more than 80 courts after HMCTS refused to fix the “many serious problems with the new system”.
The Common Platform allows attorneys and attorneys, prosecutors and court officials to access case information.
PCS calls on HMCTS to prevent new cases from being registered on the shared platform, to conduct a stress survey of all system users and to promise not to cut jobs as the office goes digital.
The agency briefly paused the launch of the shared platform in September to settle the longstanding dispute, but thawed it again in October.
Pickets will also form outside the plant of whiskey giant Diageo in Leven, Scotland, for 48 hours from today.
Diageo produces bar shelf staples like Captain Morgan, Baileys and Guinness.
Bottling plant workers, who are members of Britain’s largest union Unite, are on strike today over the introduction of a lower wage rate for newcomers.
This isn’t exactly a new issue — according to Unite, this issue was first reported through the complaints process in 2019.
Because of the lower rate, the union estimates that new engineers will lose about 6% of their salary. The strike will affect technical support at the factory.
Sharon Graham, General Secretary of Unite, said: “Diageo recently posted a profit of £4.4 billion, which equates to around £157,000 in profit generated by each employee.
“They are inundated with billions in profits, so trying to cut our members’ salaries is a shocking example of corporate greed.
‘Unite will always stand by our members to protect payment and terms and conditions.’
A Diageo spokesman said 10 weekend engineers are taking industrial action this weekend. They denied that the company introduced lower wage rates.
“We have well-developed contingency plans in place to ensure the site can continue to operate safely and as planned,” they said. “We remain committed to seeking a resolution to this dispute and are open to further discussions.”
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