Tag: Unison

Council staff picket Civic Offices

Unison picket line

Union members at Eastleigh Borough Council joined thousands of council workers, teachers and firefighters across the country in a one day strike over pay and pensions today. Pickets were outside the civic offices and the council depot at Hedge End. Unison Branch Secretary Mark Lonsdale told Eastleigh News: “It’s about fairness we’ve had a 1%…

Strike action could disrupt council services

“Council workers deserve a decent wage” said a local union organiser as staff at Eastleigh Borough Council prepare to take part in a national day of strike action tomorrow (Thursday 10 July) in support of improved pay and conditions. Hundreds of Carers, social workers, refuse collectors, street cleaners and teaching assistants all over Hampshire are…

Hedge End strike action a success

Public sector union Unison has hailed its day of action last week (November 30) as a success as workers at Eastleigh council’s Hedge End depot joined millions of other workers throughout the UK striking in protest at government plans to increase their retirement age and pension contributions. Although Council leader Keith House had promised “We…

Mayor saves Town Library!

Eastleigh bookworms will be celebrating today after Hampshire County Council revised its plans to close the Town Library on Mondays after Mayor Wayne Irish came up with a viable alternative. As part of the cut in funding imposed on the County by the Conservative/Lib Dem Coalition government, Hampshire is trying to save £450,000 by reducing…

Cleaners on Strike at local Hospital

“What do we want? Back pay! When do we want it? Now!” chanted cleaners as they marched around Southampton General this morning. Hundreds of NHS cleaners, employed by Compass Medirest, came out on a 48 hour strike in Southampton and Buckinghamshire – where they were also joined by porters and catering staff. They claim they…

Patient’s Indian Takeaway

Hospital patients in Eastleigh will, in future, have their confidential medical notes and letters typed by foreign nationals working for a private third party company thousands of miles away in India it was revealed yesterday. Winchester and Eastleigh Health Care Trust (WEHCT) who run the Royal Hants County Hospital and is the major NHS provider…

Spending Cuts “Small Matter” says ‘Chopper’ Huhne

While thousands of public sector workers and students have taken to the streets today to protest against cuts to public services, Chris Huhne – Eastleigh’s high flying MP – has described the Comprehensive Spending Review as a ‘small matter’. While attending the European Future Energy Forum conference earlier this week Mr Huhne told a Reuters…

Eastleigh’s Railwaymen back Socialist candidate

Rail workers have been meeting here for almost 100 years in Eastleighs oldest survivng Working Men’s Club. As the Rail Maritime and Transport Union prepared to hold a strike ballot by local Network Rail workers later this week, the Eastleigh branch of The Rail Maritime & Transport Union invited Tim Cutter, the Trade Unionist and…