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    Pressure mounts on Cable to act in the national interest over AstraZeneca takeover6 May 2014

    Britain’s biggest union Unite and the GMB stepped up their pressure for an urgent meeting with the business secretary Vince Cable to press the case for jobs as speculation continues of Pfizer’s takeover of AstraZeneca.

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    Unite urges the government to bat for advanced British manufacturing2 May 2014

    Unite has urged the government to ‘bat for advanced British manufacturing’ as AstraZeneca rejected yet another approach from Pfizer.

  • What has Europe done for manufacturing

    What has Europe ever done for manufacturing workers?29 April 2014

    Well, quite a lot as it happens: European Union membership gives us the laws and legislation that have helped bring investment and decent jobs in manufacturing to the UK. European Union membership has attracted manufacturers and investment to the UK in Automotive, Aerospace, Engineering & Metals, Science, Graphical & Packaging.

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    Protect jobs and R&D says Unite as Pfizer renews bid for AstraZeneca28 April 2014

    Unite has called for guarantees of no job losses and for the protection of the UK’s research and development base in the event that Pfizer succeeds in its bid to take over UK-owned AstraZeneca.

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    Unite demands FAI reform on Workers’ Memorial Day25 April 2014

    Workers’ Memorial Day (Monday 28 April) should prompt the Scottish government to better protect the health and safety of people in the workplace and the families affected by workplace fatalities through urgent reform of the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) system.

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    Britain's apprenticeship revolution - is it delivering?25 April 2014

    External link - Listen again on BBC Radio 4 You and Yours. Business leaders hope it can lift productivity and politicians of all colours are embracing the modernisation of the apprenticeship system - the Chancellor calls it his "march of the makers". But is the revolution delivering on its promise to our workers-to-be?

  • Back Home Safe offshore campaign

    Calls for public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety set to intensify12 April 2014

    Unite, offshore safety campaigners and crash survivors will come together at the Scottish TUC Annual Conference this Monday (14 April), to intensify calls for a public inquiry into UK offshore helicopter safety and for Norwegian-style offshore safety reforms to help more workers get back home safe.

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    Government review on fuel supplies and refining complacent says Unite10 April 2014

    Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has criticised a review of the refining and fuel import sectors in the UK by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for being complacent over the country’s energy security.

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    Strike ballot at Crittall Windows wins first pay rise in 6 years9 April 2014

    Unite members at Crittall Windows, Witham, have secured their first pay increase since 2008 following a positive strike ballot.

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    Manifesto to put industry back to work7 April 2014

    IndustriAll Europe has launched its manifesto for the European elections: “Put Industry back to work!”. The manifesto puts forwards its demands for a socially and environmentally responsible industrial policy for Europe. Unite is a key affiliate of IndustriALL Europe and contributed to the manifesto. In the run up to the European elections in May, this document can be used by Unite reps to argue with candidates in the election on the issue of boosting and supporting a European wide manufacturing and indstrial plan to get Europe back to work.