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 Nestle makes U-turn on ‘No radical cost-cutting ‘pledge, as up to 27 per cent of the Blue Riband production jobs cut, says the unions Unite national officer Julia Long said: “Theresa May’s implication at prime minister’s question time that those workers under threat should go the job centre for help is insulting when she should be exerting maximum pressure to keep these jobs in the UK.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nestle-makes-u-turn-on-no-radical-cost-cutting-pledge-as-up-to-27-per-cent-of-the-blue-riband-production-jobs-cut-says-the-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-30881 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:14:07 -0000 Royal Mail pension talks ‘complex and difficult’, says Unite Unite officer for the Royal Mail Brian Scott said: "These negotiations are complex and difficult, and it is not possible to say if an agreed solution can be found, but we are making every effort to ensure our members have decent pensions’ provision in the future." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-pension-talks-complex-and-difficult/default.aspx tcm:11-30879 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:09:23 -0000 BMW workers in posh Park Lane showroom pension protest Car workers, who make engines, the Mini and Rolls-Royce motorcars for BMW, will be protesting outside the German carmaker’s flagship showroom on Park Lane in Mayfair, London, W1K 7TT tomorrow over the firm’s ‘pension robbery’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-in-posh-park-lane-showroom-pension-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-30877 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:25:24 -0000 Unite takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’ A major new initiative to protect workers from the ticking time bomb caused by exposure to diesel fumes has been launched today (Friday 28 April) by Unite, the UK’s largest union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-take-action-against-diesel-fumes-time-bomb/default.aspx tcm:11-30875 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:45:54 -0000 Parliamentary candidates urged to see work of health visitors and school nurses, as campaign grows to ringfence ‘public health’ budgets Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “We will be asking our members to invite prospective parliamentary candidates to come and see what community nurses do on a daily basis to support families with babies and young children." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/parliamentary-candidates-urged-to-see-work-of-health-visitors-and-school-nurses/default.aspx tcm:11-30865 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:14:43 -0000 Two-thirds of London chefs believe long hours’ culture is harming their health, Unite survey reveals Almost half of chefs surveyed said they worked between 48 and 60 hours each week, with it now standard practice for employers to include an automatic ‘opt-out’ of the 48-hour a week rule in workers’ contracts http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-chefs-believe-long-hours-culture-is-harming-their-health/default.aspx tcm:11-30855 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:42:06 -0000 Transline must not be allowed to ‘dodge’ its responsibilities to workers, says Unite Transline is currently refusing to pay a portion of back pay owed to workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse because of non-payment of the minimum wage according to Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/transline-must-not-be-allowed-to-dodge-its-responsibilities-to-workers-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30847 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:37:28 -0000 Unite reveals shock 25 per cent cut in health and safety inspectors Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning that workers’ lives are being placed at risk due to the cut in the number of frontline health and safety inspectors. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reveal-shock-25-per-cent-cut-in-health-and-safety-inspectors/default.aspx tcm:11-30837 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:55:42 -0000 AWE pensions’ snub prompts two more days of strike action The snub dished out to the workers has led to the announcement of two more 24 hour strikes on 10 and 18 May at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-pensions-snub-prompts-two-more-days-of-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30823 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:06:45 -0000 Unite and GMB slam Nestle plans for 300 job cuts, as iconic Blue Riband bar moved to Poland ‘Export chocolate, not jobs’, urge unions http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-and-gmb-slam-nestle-plans-for-300-job-cuts-as-iconic-blue-riband-bar-moved-to-poland/default.aspx tcm:11-30828 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:57:51 -0000 Ministers should ‘hang their heads in shame’ as millions go hungry in foodbank Britain Prime minister Theresa May and the Conservative party should ‘hang their heads in shame’ as new figures showed 1.2 million emergency foodbank supplies were handed out over the past year. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-should-hang-their-heads-in-shame-as-millions-go-hungry-in-foodbank-britain/default.aspx tcm:11-30821 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:53:07 -0000 Unite calls for action on workplace death delays Friends and families who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities are having to wait an agonising three years four months to secure justice, according to a Freedom of Information request made by Unite. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-swift-action-on-workplace-death-delays/default.aspx tcm:11-30817 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:27:52 -0000 Devon window makers to strike for 48 hours tomorrow Unite called on the ‘secretive’ management to come clean on the company’s finances and negotiate in a constructive fashion, as the 150-strong workforce has not had a pay rise since 2015 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/devon-window-makers-to-strike-for-48-hours-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30819 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:18:21 -0000 Unite announces general secretary election result Unite acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “I congratulate Len McCluskey on his victory and would urge the entire union to pull together in the interests of our members, and not least to work for a Labour victory in the General Election." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-announces-general-secretary-election-result/default.aspx tcm:11-30800 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:09:15 -0000 Unite seeks assurances over job security as Grimsby fish processor firm put up for sale Unite regional officer Mike Wilkinson said: “We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the management in regards to the future job security of our members and to understand the rationale behind the sale of the company." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-assurances-over-job-security/default.aspx tcm:11-30798 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:28:37 -0000 Health visitors and school nurses to prepare election checklist to ringfence public health budgets Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “We want to draw up a campaign checklist on public health so that our members can lobby the prospective parliamentary candidates and gain their support for the next parliament." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/health-visitors-and-school-nurses-to-prepare-election-checklist-to-ringfence-public-health-budgets/default.aspx tcm:11-30794 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:53:46 -0000 Construction material warning as Cemex drivers ballot on strike action Warning of project delays if members back industrial action, Unite called on Cemex to offer a pay deal which better reflects the contribution drivers make to the business or risk a programme of industrial action through the spring and into the summer when construction sites are at their busiest. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-material-warning-as-cemex-drivers-ballot-on-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30785 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:07:18 -0000 Tomorrow’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended, as talks make ‘positive’ progress Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Tomorrow’s strike on the Woolwich Ferry has been suspended as we have made very positive progress this morning in talks with the management." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tomorrows-woolwich-ferry-strike-suspended-as-talks-make-positive-progress/default.aspx tcm:11-30779 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:34:24 -0000 Delays to Hinkley Point construction on cards as bonus pay row erupts The dispute centres on the failure of the BYLOR consortium, made up of the French company Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke, to pay the bonus rate in line with the spirit of HPC Civil Construction agreement http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/delays-to-hinkley-point-construction-on-cards-as-bonus-pay-row-erupts/default.aspx tcm:11-30773 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:14:53 -0000 Japan’s ambassador urged to intervene in Fujitsu’s ‘shameful’ job loss dispute Unite members will be delivering the letter to The Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT and staging a protest between 08.00-10.30 tomorrow http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/japan-ambassador-urged-to-intervene/default.aspx tcm:11-30770 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:33:03 -0000 ‘Solid support’ for BMW strike leaves production lines laying idle A 24 hour strike by BMW workers making car engines and the Mini was being solidly supported today (Wednesday 19 April), as workers mounted picket lines and production lines lay idle over the luxury carmaker’s plans to close the final salary pension scheme by 31 May. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/solid-support-for-bmw-strike-leaves-production-lines-laying-idle/default.aspx tcm:11-30764 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:41:35 -0000 Job security is key in Weetabix takeover, says Unite Unite regional officer Sally Mortimer said: “We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the new owner to seek assurances on job security and to ascertain the business plan going forward." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-security-is-key-in-weetabix-takeover-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30756 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:21:46 -0000 Unite statement on call for an early general election Unite acting general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The prime minister has gone back on her word regarding an early general election and the electorate will remember that." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-call-for-an-early-general-election/default.aspx tcm:11-30754 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:28:37 -0000 BMW workers set for ‘first ever’ strike over luxury carmaker’s ‘pension robbery’ BMW production lines making the Mini and car engines face disruption tomorrow (Wednesday 19 April) with car workers starting a series of 24 hour strikes as part of a programme of industrial action stretching over five weeks over the closure of their pension scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-set-for-first-ever-strike-over-luxury-carmakers-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30752 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:05:13 -0000 Woolwich Ferry strike on Tuesday suspended, as talks make progress in ‘bullying culture’ dispute Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We are pleased to say that enough progress has been made so we can suspend Tuesday’s 24 hour strike." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-strike-on-tuesday-suspended/default.aspx tcm:11-30746 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:13:36 -0000 Trainee London bus drivers ‘short changed’ over pay, says Unite Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said: “We have evidence and feedback from our shop stewards that reveals the majority of the bus companies in London have not been paying their trainee drivers the London living wage." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-pensions-closure-a-cause-for-serious-concern-says-unite/trainee-london-bus-drivers-short-changed-over-pay-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30742 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:58:16 -0000 Royal Mail pensions’ closure ‘a cause for serious concern’, says Unite Unite officer for the Royal Mail Brian Scott said: “We will study the implications of today’s announcement very carefully and consider all the options ; if we don’t achieve a satisfactory outcome, we can't rule out an industrial action ballot." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-pensions-closure-a-cause-for-serious-concern-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30738 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:26:56 -0000 Unite launches major legal challenge to counter bogus self-employment culture Unite, the UK’s largest union, has launched a major legal appeal case at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) to tackle bogus self-employment in the construction and other sectors. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-major-legal-challenge-to-counter-bogus-self-employment-culture/default.aspx tcm:11-30734 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:46:49 -0000 ‘Only the people of Greece have suffered a bigger fall in living standards during austerity’, says Unite Len McCluskey: "The government must act to reverse this appalling and yawning inequality. We need collective bargaining restored to secure a fair rate for the job in sectors, like construction and hospitality and we need action to bridge the wage gap between the shop floor and the boardroom." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/only-the-people-of-greece-have-suffered-a-bigger-fall-in-living-standards-during-austerity-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30727 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:40:42 -0000 Sports Direct workers’ rep faces an uphill struggle to bring fairness to boardroom Unite called for the company to waste no further time in now moving agency workers onto permanent contracts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sports-direct-workers-rep-faces-an-uphill-struggle-to-bring-fairness-to-boardroom/default.aspx tcm:11-30721 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:34:40 -0000 Unite statement on Toshiba’s finances and the Moorside nuclear site Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Unite renews its call to the business secretary Greg Clark to pledge public investment to ensure that the project goes ahead on schedule, as Toshiba is in deep financial trouble." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-toshibas-finances-and-the-moorside-nuclear-site/default.aspx tcm:11-30708 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unions demonstrate in London, Rotherham, Sandwich and Solihull over construction undercutting Representatives will be handing in a petition containing over 5,000 signatures to the Danish embassy calling on the Danish government to launch an investigation into the scandal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-demonstrate-in-london-rotherham-sandwich-and-solihull-over-construction-undercutting/default.aspx tcm:11-30710 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:49:41 -0000 Retaining jobs top priority as Smethwick poultry plant faces axe Unite’s national officer for food Julia Long said: “We had a constructive meeting with the company’s management today and have made a commitment to prepare a set of proposals to save as many jobs as possible." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/retaining-jobs-top-priority-as-smethwick-poultry-plant-faces-axe/default.aspx tcm:11-30700 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:11:19 -0000 McCluskey: Government must strengthen takeover laws or decent companies will leave the UK – and jobs will go "The current protections for UK listed companies from unwelcome buyouts are woeful, but with both Brexit and a diminished pound placing our companies in a very vulnerable position, the risk to British jobs and businesses has been heightened." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-government-must-strengthen-takeover-laws-or-decent-companies-will-leave-the-uk--and-jobs-will-go/default.aspx tcm:11-30695 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:52:22 -0000 More strikes at Fujitsu as ‘pay and pensions’ dispute hots up The dispute centres on pay, pensions, job security and union recognition - and takes place against a background of Fujitsu’s plans to axe and offshore 1,800 jobs in the UK http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/more-strikes-at-fujitsu-as-pay-and-pensions-dispute-hots-up/default.aspx tcm:11-30692 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:42:00 -0000 Unite challenges ‘worker competency’ at Ferrybridge Unite, the UK’s largest union for construction workers, has submitted a formal challenge to employers due to deep concerns about ‘worker competency’ at the Ferrybridge power station in Yorkshire. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-challenge-worker-competency-at-ferrybridge/default.aspx tcm:11-30690 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:57:48 -0000 ‘Vulture’ capitalists should not spread to margarine business, says Unite Unite is seeking urgent assurances from Unilever bosses after its decision to sell off its margarine spreads business has put 200 jobs in Essex at risk. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vulture-capitalists-should-not-spread-to-margarine-business-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30680 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 15:31:34 -0000 Unite says Ineos is being ‘reckless’ over pay talks Unite the union says controversial energy firm Ineos is being ‘reckless and ‘destabilising’ over pay talks for workers at its plants in Grangemouth. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-says-ineos-is-being-reckless-over-pay-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-30676 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:23:26 -0000 Construction unions take undercutting campaign to Denmark Members of Unite and GMB will on Monday (April 10) take their campaign to prevent undercutting of wages in the UK, to Denmark where the companies responsible are based. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-unions-take-undercutting-campaign-to-denmark/default.aspx tcm:11-30673 Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:18:22 -0000 Workers at Bernard Matthews ‘feel betrayed’ as 128 job losses confirmed Unite regional officer Steve Harley said: “We are obviously disappointed by the announcement that the new owners will cease all year round chicken production at Great Witchingham." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-bernard-matthews-feel-betrayed-as-128-job-losses-confirmed/default.aspx tcm:11-30670 Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:12:36 -0000 More Woolwich Ferry strikes announced in ‘bullying culture’ dispute The union has told Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd, which runs the service on behalf of Transport for London, that its members will strike for 24 hours from 00.01 on Tuesday 18 April and Friday 21 April http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/more-woolwich-ferry-strikes-announced-in-bullying-culture-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-30666 Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:09:18 -0000 Troubled Moorside nuclear power station needs public funding ‘to keep the lights on' Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Unite will be writing to business secretary Greg Clark as a matter of urgency asking for clarity on the UK’s energy policy." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/troubled-moorside-nuclear-power-station/default.aspx tcm:11-30657 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 12:44:06 -0000 Unite incensed by further branch closures by Lloyds Banking Group Rob MacGregor said: “The continuous stream of branch closures announced by the UK’s retail bank branches appears to show no signs of ending. The loss of a further 100 local banks will be painful for high streets across the country to absorb." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-incensed-by-further-branch-closures-by-lloyds-banking-group/default.aspx tcm:11-30653 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 11:25:34 -0000 BMW workers announce eight 24 hour strikes over ‘pension robbery’ “BMW’s bosses need to get their heads out of the sand and recognise their pension pinching plans will not go unchallenged. BMW’s UK workers have contributed significantly to a record year in revenues and sales ... they deserve better than broken pension promises and the loss of tens of thousands of pounds in retirement income." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-announce-eight-24-hour-strikes-over-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-30651 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:51:59 -0000 Lords’ report critical of government ‘short-sightedness' on NHS welcomed by Unite A new report on the NHS by the House of Lords calling for more long-term planning and funding for the health service was welcomed by Unite today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lords-report-critical-of-government-short-sightedness-on-nhs-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30643 Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:01:58 -0000 Swindon Mini workers to stage ‘pension robbery’ protest Tony Burke: “BMW Group workers at Swindon and other UK sites will not let BMW pinch their pensions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swindon-mini-workers-to-stage-pension-robbery-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-30649 Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:22:26 -0000 Unite calls for action on windfarm safety and welfare Unite, the largest union for construction workers, has called for urgent action to improve safety on windfarms after two workers were killed in a fortnight. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-urgent-action-into-windfarm-safety-after-two-deaths-in-scotland-in-a-fortnight/default.aspx tcm:11-30604 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 17:15:29 -0000 McCluskey: Gibraltar's workers are not bargaining chips for either London or Madrid Unite is the biggest union on the Rock so it is our duty to speak up on behalf of the 7,500 people who work there. The implications of a ‘hard’ or bungled Brexit on our Unite members and Gibraltar's industries are deep and serious. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gibraltars-workers-are-not-bargaining-chips-for-either-london-or-madrid/default.aspx tcm:11-30602 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:31:15 -0000 Politicians must stand up for national interest over pipeline sale “Unite firmly believes that this sale is bad for Scotland and the UK. We demand that both the Scottish and Westminster parliament carry out inquiries, and that every MSP and MP in Scotland has a responsibility to make their position clear. Do they believe this sale is in the national interest?” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/politicians-must-stand-up-for-national-interest-over-pipeline-sale/default.aspx tcm:11-30593 Mon, 3 Apr 2017 10:40:04 -0000 Unite voices disappointment at the failure to resolve dispute at Nuclear bases Unite has expressed disappointment and frustration that their attempt at reaching a resolution to the on-going industrial dispute at Faslane and Coulport nuclear bases has been scuppered by managements refusal to listen to our members concerns. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-voices-disappointment-at-the-failure-to-resolve-dispute-at-nuclear-bases/default.aspx tcm:11-30591 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:33:27 -0000