Second walk-out at the CIEH
© Members of the CIEH on the picket line last week
2 April 2014
NUJ members at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) were forced to take industrial action for a second time as management failed to compromise over talks on pay.
The members, at the professional body representing environmental health practitioners, handed out leaflets to their board of trustees from 9am to 10am, as they arrived at the organisation's south London office.
At a meeting last Friday, management refused to increase its offer of a 1 per cent pay rise; the union had asked for 2.5 per cent, as pay at the institute has fallen by 15 per cent in real terms since 2009.
A walk out the previous week was supported by all members of the chapel.
Fiona Swarbrick, national organiser, said:
“After strike action last week we met with management and once again put forward a number of suggested compromises which would avoid the need for further strike action. Unfortunately they seem more concerned with analysis of the NUJ’s press releases and raising vexatious concerns about the details of our (entirely lawful and legitimate) picketing activity than with seeking a creative solution to this dispute.
"We are not talking about large sums of money here. We want a serious dialogue with management. At the moment all attempts to resolve this dispute are coming from our side, whereas management are playing games with the future of the organisation.”
Tom Wall, Father of Chapel, said:
“Management are trying to portray us as a small group of malcontents. In fact, we have the support of many of the staff outside the NUJ’s bargaining unit. We will be presenting an open letter signed by over 50 staff to the board of trustees this week and call on them to meet us at the arbitration service ACAS and resolve this dispute.”