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  • Dock and cranes

    Eleven-day strike over zero hours contracts at Tilbury docks5 June 2014

    The dockers started the 11-day stoppage at 06.00 today and it will run until 05.59 Monday 16 June.

  • Dock and cranes

    Zero hours contracts at Tilbury docks at the centre of 48-hour stoppage27 May 2014

    Unite fears the permanent workforce could be replaced by lower paid agency/casual workers on zero hours contracts

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    Unite seeks urgent meeting with Go Ahead over rail jobs23 May 2014

    Unite is seeking an urgent meeting, with the announcement of the new Thameslink franchise, as it is concerned over jobs in the rail industry in London and the Home Counties.

  • The manufacturer

    BAE Systems unleashes Artful submarine21 May 2014

    External link - BAE Systems has launched its latest submarine Artful into the dock at its Barrow-in-Furness site. The 97m long, 7,400 tonne nuclear-powered attack submarine – officially named at a ceremony in September last year – began edging out of BAE Systems’ giant construction hall on Friday before being lowered into the water the following day. - The Manufacturer

  • TfL

    93.1 % strike vote from Unite members7 May 2014

    93.1 % of Unite members in the Power Control Room of London Underground have voted for strike action.

  • International Workers' Memorial Day

    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.

  • industriALL manifesto

    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.

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    Carr inquiry a cynical Tory stunt to divert attention from cost of living crisis, says Unite28 March 2014

    The government was accused of a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the cost of living crisis as it published the terms of reference for the Carr inquiry.