Who is on strike today? Daily update for January 27th
Teachers, garbage workers and employees at a beverage supply company go on strike in another day of industrial action.
Scottish teachers and rubbish collectors in Liverpool have been protesting all week but today they are joined by workers at drinks giant Diageo.
Unite members working at the company’s Leven plant have launched a series of strikes this month, with more planned through April 3.
Workers are fighting over money after the company cut the wage rate for new hires without consulting unions.
Unite estimates that some of its members could lose 6% of their salary. Diageo has previously said only 10 people are involved in the action.
Teachers in Scotland are picketing again as part of a strike that has lasted 16 straight days.
They will strike again next month as teachers in two local authorities refuse to go to work.
Teachers in England and Wales are also joining the industrial action for the next protest on February 1st.
Those working in South Ayrshire and Edinburgh are striking in a dispute over another 5% pay rise offer.
Any new offer would have to be approved by all 32 council leaders – but they are not due to meet until the end of this month.
Photos from yesterday’s strike show groups of students gathered to support their teachers.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there was a “gap” between what teachers were asking and “what the state could afford”.
But EIS general secretary Andrea Bradley said there was a “misperception about the moral and financial unacceptability of another real pay cut for education staff”.
Meanwhile, around 80 refuse workers and street cleaners in Liverpool are continuing their week-long march that began on Monday.
Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd workers want a 4% pay rise and an extra £1,000 to offset rising energy bills and food prices.
Unite says many jobs are underpaid – for example refuse collectors, who are required to hold a lorry licence, are paid £14.71 an hour.
LSSL said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the move after “the national pay supplement… was agreed and awarded to its members in November”.
A spokesman said: “This increase of £1,925 represents an increase of £1 per hour with an additional 4% for additional allowances, meaning that the annual pay of all our staff has increased by between 7% and 12%.”
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