When you are on strike

When you are on strike you need to know

  • your rights
  • is there a picket to attend
  • how to claim strike pay

Read the Council’s guide to industrial action (PDF)

Know your rights

The Council knows what groups of workers are on strike—this is all dealt with between the unions and senior management.

You do not have to let your manager know you are on strike.

You can let them know that you will not be in work as a courtesy on the day, but there is no requirement. If a manager is pushing to find out who is striking contact a rep.

No one has the right to know which union you are a member of or whether you are a member of a union at all. Again, if anyone asks contact a rep.

Read the Council’s industrial action FAQs.

Attend your picket

When you are on strike you should attend a picket. This won’t be for every day of the strike—we will co-ordinate with members.

We will have pickets at key locations, decided on through consultation with members.

We will publish picket locations on this website as soon as they are decided and communicate with members.

Read the guide to picketing for details about what happens on the picket line.

Claim strike pay

Unite members get £70 per day strike pay.

Strike pay is for members that are formally on strike, not those that do not cross a picket line.

There will be certain times to submit your strike pay claim. A rep will give you a claim form and let you know how and when to submit.

You must provide pay slips—one showing your usual wage and one for each month when you were on strike to show the deduction.

You must provide the dates that you were on strike.

Members must be fully paid up to receive strike pay with no arrears.

Unite will pay strike pay within 14 days of receive the completed form and payslips.

Buy back lost pension

You lose your pension contributions for the days you are on strike. However, you can buy back lost pension using an Additional Pension Contribution. You must do this within 30 days of the strike’s official end.

If the strike was less than 10 days, you must make the contribution in one payment.

Use the lost pension calculator to find out the cost of buying back your lost days.

To buy back lost pension complete the pension buy back form on Halo. If you don’t have access to Halo, contact your line manager to have them to do this for you.