Unite News http://www.google.co.uk/ The latest stories Unite. en-gb Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:32:57 GMT Copyright (C) www.rippleffect.com 15 Decision week ahead for Hinkley Point as EDF board meets Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “It has been a long journey, but we are within sight of the ‘promised land’ – the making of the ‘final investment decision’ (FID) for the Somerset plant." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/decision-week-ahead-for-hinkley-point-as-edf-board-meets/default.aspx tcm:11-27585 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:53:12 -0000 Unite and the people of Bromley will not be silenced The leader of Britain’s biggest union Unite will be in Bromley this Saturday to join the march against the cuts and privatisation to local services in the borough. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-and-the-people-of-bromley-will-not-be-silenced/default.aspx tcm:11-27576 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:02:46 -0000 EU research funding fears should not be used to depress university wages, says Unite “Our members have contributed deeply to the excellence of the UK’s university system that is still very attractive to overseas students and is a beacon for research innovation and funding – they, too, should be decently rewarded." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/eu-research-funding-fears-should-not-be-used-to-depress-university-wages-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27574 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:56:04 -0000 Damning verdict on industrial-scale abuse at Sports Direct must herald end of zero hours The denigration of workers, wage payment systems of dubious legality, a disregard for health and safety law and employment agencies of questionable probity are among the catalogue of abuses uncovered at Sports Direct’s vast Shirebrook warehouse a damning new report confirms. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/damning-verdict-on-industrial-scale-abuse-at-sports-direct-must-herald-end-of-zero-hours/default.aspx tcm:11-27572 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:28:41 -0000 Unite angered by RBS offshoring jobs to India Unite has described news today that RBS will be offshoring further jobs to India as the “ultimate betrayal” of the loyal workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-angered-by-rbs-offshoring-jobs-to-india/default.aspx tcm:11-27553 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:48:59 -0000 All-out Leeds bus strike next Tuesday, as bus bosses dismiss workers The Leeds strike is another example of industrial problems affecting First Group across the UK – there are currently bus disputes in Glasgow, Weymouth and issues affecting 4,000 other bus workers across Yorkshire. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/all-out-leeds-bus-strike-next-tuesday-as-bus-bosses-dismiss-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27551 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:58:03 -0000 Loss of 251 jobs at GKN in Telford is a 'body blow’ for Shropshire economy, says Unite Although the loss of these jobs has been on the cards since last December, as the contracts for building the Defender chassis platforms for Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) came to an end, the union said that it was disappointed that GKN had not secured more contracts to keep the highly-skilled workforce in jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/loss-of-251-jobs-at-gkn-in-telford-is-a-body-blow-for-shropshire-economy-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27545 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:46:15 -0000 Council workers and Bromley residents prepare to march for public services This Saturday people who care about their local public services will take to the streets of Bromley to call on the Tory-led council to stop the cuts and privatisation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/council-workers-and-bromley-residents-prepare-to-march-for-public-services/default.aspx tcm:11-27539 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:21:57 -0000 Unite statement on the current situation in Turkey In condemning the coup attempt we must not lose sight of the violent and dictatorial regime being established by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and we must continue to stand in solidarity with those who oppose it. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-the-current-situation-in-turkey/default.aspx tcm:11-27536 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:10:27 -0000 Tories told: Back defence workers, stop playing parliamentary games Today’s vote is not about Trident – it’s about replacing our ageing Vanguard submarines with new Successor submarines and tens of thousands of jobs rely on the submarine programme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/back-defence-workers-stop-playing-parliamentary-games/default.aspx tcm:11-27517 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:15:29 -0000 North Sea oil and gas workers to strike for the first time in a generation Almost 400 members of Unite and RMT unions working for Wood Group across eight Shell oil and gas platforms in the North Sea will be striking for the first time in a generation in a dispute over 30 per cent pay cuts and changes to allowances. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/north-sea-oil-and-gas-workers-to-strike-for-the-first-time-in-a-generation/default.aspx tcm:11-27519 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:56:10 -0000 Unite to monitor turkey producers Bernard Matthews as bosses say: ‘Business as usual’ Unite regional officer Steve Harley said: “There was no mention of any job losses, but Unite will be keeping an eagle eye on the situation as it develops in the weeks and months ahead, as the job security of our members is paramount.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nite-to-monitor-turkey-producers-bernard-matthews-as-bosses-say-business-as-usual/default.aspx tcm:11-27483 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:25:29 -0000 Capita staff start two day strike action across the country Staff at Capita sites across the country will today start two days of strike action in an ongoing dispute about staff pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/capita-staff-start-two-day-strike-action-across-the-country/default.aspx tcm:11-27481 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:00:31 -0000 Job loss fear prompts BA cabin crew vote on industrial action as ‘performance’ scheme introduced Members of the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA)will be voting for industrial action short of a strike in a bid to get management to suspend the introduction of the Performance Management scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-loss-fear-prompts-ba-cabin-crew-vote-on-industrial-action-as-performance-scheme-introduced/default.aspx tcm:11-27474 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:54:30 -0000 Dorchester demo over ‘them and us’ pay for county council bosses Trade unionists angered at planned large pay rises for Dorset county council bosses, at a time of cuts and the squeeze on other employees’ pay, will stage a demo at the council’s Dorchester headquarters on Thursday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dorchester-demo-over-them-and-us-pay-for-county-council-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-27470 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:46:38 -0000 Unite Executive Council statement on Trident Unite remains opposed in principle to the possession or deployment of nuclear weapons (including Trident) but our first duty remains to our members. Therefore until there is a government in office ready, willing and able to give cast-iron guarantees on the security of the skilled work and all the employment involved, our priority must be to defend and secure our members’ employment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-glasgow-members-support-industrial-action-ballot/unite-executive-council-statement-on-trident/default.aspx tcm:11-27468 Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite pays tribute to Davey Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association "His legacy will, of course, live on in the Gala, the most vibrant union gathering in the world." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-pays-tribute-to-davey-hopper-general-secretary-of-the-durham-miners-association/default.aspx tcm:11-27472 Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:50:55 -0000 First Glasgow members support industrial action ballot Unite is calling on First Glasgow to act responsibly and not follow its sister subsidiary First East which have withdrawn less profitable routes leaving communities isolated http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-glasgow-members-support-industrial-action-ballot/default.aspx tcm:11-27463 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:37:04 -0000 Weymouth bus strikes go into sixth week as bosses refuse to budge on pay Unite said thatmore than 110 drivers based at Weymouth and Bridport, employed by First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd, are due to strike for five days next week, starting on Monday, and for another five days the following week, ending on 1 August http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-strikes-go-into-sixth-week-as-bosses-refuse-to-budge-on-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-27461 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:19:14 -0000 Bromley council workers strike against privatisation Libraries across the borough of Bromley face another wave of strike action starting this Saturday, followed by an all-out strike across all council services on 20 July. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-council-workers-strike-against-privatisation/default.aspx tcm:11-27455 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:00:27 -0000 Post Office pension closure 'sabotages' retirement incomes, says Unite Theresa May’s new government must investigate how the Post Office has become 'a financial basket case'. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-pension-closure-sabotages-retirement-incomes-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27446 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:07:27 -0000 Government urged to reverse equality watchdog cuts as hate crimes increase Unite PCS have joined forces to urge the government to reverse cuts of 25 per cent to the EHRC in the wake of a 50 per cent increase in hate crimes since the Brexit vote. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-urged-to-reverse-equality-watchdog-cuts-as-hate-crimes-increase/default.aspx tcm:11-27450 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:19:16 -0000 South West Water workers in overtime ban over pay Matt Tipper said: “After years of receiving below inflation pay rises coupled with attacks to their terms and conditions our members have decided enough is enough." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/south-west-water-workers-in-overtime-ban-over-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-27442 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:37:42 -0000 Burnopfield shop fitters in 24 hour strike over pay “The refusal of the company to recognise the hard work of its workforce with a pay rise is unacceptable." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/burnopfield-shop-fitters-in-24-hour-strike-over-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-27459 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:26:26 -0000 4,000 Yorkshire bus workers to vote on industrial action, as First Bus turns screw on pay and conditions First Group will have a real battle on its hands. This is not just about our members and their living standards, but in preserving quality bus services for the travelling public in Yorkshire. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/4000-yorkshire-bus-workers-to-vote-on-industrial-action-as-first-bus-turns-screw-on-pay-and-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-27440 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:21:52 -0000 The cost of ‘Brexit’ must not fall on the shoulders of workers warns Unite Delegates at the policy conference backed a statement on Europe from the union’s executive council today, which demanded trade union input into the ‘Brexit’ negotiations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/the-cost-of-brexit-must-not-fall-on-the-shoulders-of-workers-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27438 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:27:24 -0000 Fawley oil refinery strike over ‘half pay’ for foreign workers Unite regional officer Malcolm Bonnett said: “Unite won’t stand by and see foreign workers being ripped off in such a grotesque manner." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fawley-oil-refinery-strike-over-half-pay-for-foreign-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27427 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Offshore workers in Wood Group show overwhelming support for strike action Calling on Wood Group to enter into meaningful talks, Unite regional officer John Boland said: “Wood Group could have avoided this escalation through meaningful negotiations, instead it has chosen to continue with this shameful attack on our members pay and working conditions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/offshore-workers-in-wood-group-show-overwhelming-support-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-27431 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:27:57 -0000 Unite and Labour councils step up the fight for public services, as May enters Downing Street Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Defending services and fighting for jobs are at the core of the agreement we signed with the LGA Labour group at its annual general meeting last week." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-and-labour-councils-step-up-the-fight-for-public-services-as-may-enters-downing-street/default.aspx tcm:11-27435 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:50:44 -0000 Pension deal looms for Southampton airport staff Phil Silkstone said: “Unite from the outset has endeavoured to reach a negotiated settlement with AGS over the proposed changes to pensions’ schemes changes at Southampton. We are pleased that we have reached an agreement in principle." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pension-deal-looms-for-southampton-airport-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-27417 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:25:30 -0000 Unite statement on the Labour leadership election While we remain of the view that this is an unhelpful process to be embarking upon at this time, we urge all sections of the party to act with dignity and respect for each other as this process unfolds. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-the-labour-leadership-election/default.aspx tcm:11-27410 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:04:27 -0000 Unite reaffirms defence jobs first but diversification essential Unite said today that defending and securing the jobs of tens of thousands jobs of defence workers involved in the successor submarine programme was its priority. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reaffirms-defence-jobs-first-but-diversification-essential/default.aspx tcm:11-27408 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:30:57 -0000 TfL has ‘duty’ to find jobs for 400 conductors under threat TfL has a duty to find employment for the 400 conductors on the new Routemaster buses who face losing their jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tfl-has-duty-to-find-jobs-for-400-conductors-under-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-27406 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:45:11 -0000 McCluskey to the Labour Party: do not turn from working people in their hour of need The Labour party must step away from the 'squalid coup' that has engulfed the party in recent weeks and pull together for the sake of working people. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-to-the-labour-party---do-not-turn-from-working-people-in-their-hour-of-need/default.aspx tcm:11-27404 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:22:03 -0000 Len McCluskey's speech to Unite Policy Conference Transcript of Len McCluskey's keynote speech. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/len-mccluskeys-speech-to-unite-policy-conference/default.aspx tcm:11-27398 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:59:22 -0000 Tata Steel urged to give ‘cast iron’ guarantees to end the ‘rollercoaster of uncertainty’ Reminding Tata of its promise to be a responsible seller, Unite said it would seek to engage positively with prospective buyers of Tata’s speciality steel and tubes business. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tata-steel-urged-to-give-cast-iron-guarantees-to-end-the-rollercoaster-of-uncertainty/default.aspx tcm:11-27396 Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:35:07 -0000 Leeds bus strike on Monday suspended for pay talks Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “The management has been in touch today to say that they now wish to enter into meaningful pay negotiations which will take place under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/leeds-bus-strike-on-monday-suspended-for-pay-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-27392 Fri, 8 Jul 2016 16:15:46 -0000 Weymouth bus bosses in ‘PR stunt’ as talks break down after seven hours Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “Unfortunately, these talks proved fruitless as it soon became apparent that the management was engaged in a PR exercise and had no intention of negotiating in an adult fashion." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-bosses-in-pr-stunt-as-talks-break-down-after-seven-hours/default.aspx tcm:11-27394 Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:25:00 -0000 Unite’s Community has won a major victory for communities in North Lanarkshire in their campaign to protect local bus services The campaign started in Banton, near Kilsyth in Scotland, which would have been left with no bus service - making it impossible to travel in and out the village for people with no private car. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nites-community-has-won-a-major-victory-for-communities-in-north-lanarkshire-in-their-campaign-to-protect-local-bus-services/default.aspx tcm:11-27390 Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:32:19 -0000 Renewed call for NHS volunteers, who combated deadly Ebola virus, to receive £4,000 payment Unite, with 100,000 members in the health service, has been campaigning since the end of last year, but said today that it will renew its efforts to rectify this ‘huge inequality’, after David Cameron said he would look specifically at the bonus issue. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/renewed-call-for-nhs-volunteers-who-combated-deadly-ebola-virus-to-receive-4000-payment/default.aspx tcm:11-27380 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 13:17:58 -0000 UK’s biggest union gathers to challenge devastating inequality and disconnection blighting communities The 1.4 million-strong Unite union is hosting its 4th policy conference in Brighton from Monday 11 July until Friday 15 July. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uks-biggest-union-gathers-to-challenge-devastating-inequality-and-disconnection-blighting-communities/default.aspx tcm:11-27375 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:11:06 -0000 Unite warns Tata against a ‘fire sale’ and allowing Port Talbot to ‘wither on the vine’ Reminding Tata of its promise to act responsibly, Unite warned the company against ducking its promises and conducting a ‘fire sale’ of its speciality steel business while allowing Port Talbot and its UK strips business to ‘wither on the vine’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-tata-against-a-fire-sale-and-allowing-port-talbot-to-wither-on-the-vine/default.aspx tcm:11-27373 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 11:04:12 -0000 Unite warns of lasting reputational damage as Sport Direct profits fall The retailer’s financial results come at the end of a torrid financial year, which has seen its share price plunge by over 60 per cent and its majority shareholder, Mike Ashley, hauled in front of the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills select committee and grilled over poor employment practices at Sports Direct. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-lasting-reputational-damage-as-sport-direct-profits-fall/default.aspx tcm:11-27370 Thu, 7 Jul 2016 09:33:11 -0000 Government oil and gas plan ‘woefully inadequate’, warns Unite Unite national officer Tony Devlin said: “The oil and gas workforce plan is woefully inadequate and fails to deal with the fundamental issues facing oil and gas workers and their industry." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-oil-and-gas-plan-woefully-inadequate-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27368 Wed, 6 Jul 2016 17:00:09 -0000 Liverpool dock workers join international day of action tomorrow Liverpool dock workers at Seaforth container terminal will be taking part in an international day of action tomorrow (Thursday 7 July). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liverpool-dock-workers-join-international-day-of-action-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-27363 Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:50:03 -0000 Unite response to the Chilcot report Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said : “It has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and made both the Middle East and the wider world less secure." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-response-to-the-chilcot-report/default.aspx tcm:11-27360 Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:22:55 -0000 ‘38 pence an hour’ extra for three years sparks new Leeds bus strikes on Friday and Monday The union blamed the management of First West Yorkshire for the strike by deliberately dragging its feet in negotiations and showing scant regard for the travelling public http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/38-pence-an-hour-extra-for-three-years-sparks-new-leeds-bus-strikes-on-friday-and-monday/default.aspx tcm:11-27351 Tue, 5 Jul 2016 14:30:42 -0000 Ealing traffic wardens striking for a living wage “Unite will not tolerate a two-tier workforce and the strength of this ballot should serve as a wake-up call to management." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ealing-traffic-wardens-striking-for-a-living-wage/default.aspx tcm:11-27349 Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:30:55 -0000 A fourth week of strikes by Weymouth bus drivers are set for next week, as bosses endanger tourism by refusing to talk The union made a plea for businesses to put pressure on First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd to limit the damage to the tourism industry which injects more than £230 million-a-year into the Weymouth and Bridport economies, as well as supporting 6,300 jobs directly http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/a-fourth-week-of-strikes-by-weymouth-bus-drivers/default.aspx tcm:11-27338 Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:14:39 -0000 Suffolk staff at animal feed firm to vote for strike action in ‘bullying’ contract row Nearly 50 workers at Suffolk animal feed firm, A B Agriculture Ltd will be voting for strike action, amid allegations of bullying, in a dispute which has seen ‘a concerted attack’ on their terms and conditions http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/suffolk-staff-at-animal-feed-firm-to-vote-for-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-27333 Mon, 4 Jul 2016 14:48:48 -0000