Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process and Textiles

The Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Process and Textiles industries remain major contributors to the UK economy. The Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals sectors alone have a £60 billion turnover in the UK and add £20 million to the UK balance of trade, with highly skilled workers working to the highest health, safety and environmental standards.

Unite’s membership in the industries extends across production, engineering and maintenance, supervisory, scientific research, administration, marketing and sales, and management grades. Over 60,000 members work across the main chemicals and pharmaceutical companies, both large and small. Membership also includes workers in oil refineries, on offshore oil platforms, chemical production, life sciences, the production of glass, rubber, ceramic products and the textiles industry.

Ian Waddell, Tony Devlin and Jim Mowatt, national officers

Enough is Enough

Chemicals & Pharmace...

Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals

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About the Process sector

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About the Textiles sector

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Key issues

Key issues for the sector

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Global issues

Global issues for the sector

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Skills & training

Skills & training in the sector

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Unite strategy

Unite strategy for the sector

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Sector news

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Unite & the ITF

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