There are 2 funds you can apply for:

  • National Strike Pay (NSP) – this is available to all, but you must still apply
  • Branch Hardship Fund (HF) – you have to state you wish to apply

Both funds will require you to attach 2 payslips to the form – one from any month showing your usual salary and one from July (to show the strike deductions).

Both NSP and HF payments will be paid as one payment.

Please complete all appropriate sections on the combined Hardship Fund and Strike Pay application form: we need all these details so we can ensure you get the funds you are entitled to.

We are happy to accept forms electronically or paper copies sent to the Branch office, Room 7.50 in the E.C. Stoner building. If you wish to submit electronically, please send your documents to

We are aiming to pay all requests as soon as we can: we will have hundreds of applications to work through, so please be patient.

You can apply for more HF if you need to. Please state this on your form.

If you are a PT worker, a shift worker or don’t work a usual “9-5” pattern, you are still entitled to claim strike pay. Please state on the form under the relevant section that you are a shift worker.

Applications open from when July payslips are available to view: most likely from Wednesday 26 July. The deadline for forms is Friday 4 August at 5pm. If your form is submitted after this date, there may be delay in making your payment.

Please ensure all pertinent details are completed on the form so we have all the information we need to process your claim.

Hardship payments will be assessed by three committee members. Unless a member specifically asks for someone to be excluded, this will normally consist of:

  • Branch Secretary
    • Branch Treasurer
    • Branch Welfare Officer

If a hardship payment is agreed, the following percentage of the deduction, after NSP has been factored in, will be paid:

Grade 2 – 75%

Grade 3 – 70%

Grade 4 – 65%

Grade 5 – 60%

Grade 6 and above – 55%

Payments will be made via BACS transfer in the first instance.

All documentation will be kept in the strictest confidence and where any details of payments are required to be reported elsewhere for reasons of accountability, rule or probity then it will be done anonymously.