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 Manufacturing workers join Len McCluskey in giant roulette wheel Brexit protest The government’s Brexit chaos is gambling UK jobs away. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/manufacturing-workers-join-len-mccluskey-in-giant-roulette-wheel-brexit-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-34865 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:44:55 -0000 Marsha de Cordova MP will visit workers on the picket line at Luton Airport Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova MP, will visit workers on the picket line at Luton Airport to show support for the staff responsible for helping disabled passengers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/marsha-de-cordova-mp-will-visit-workers-on-the-picket-line-at-luton-airport/default.aspx tcm:11-34868 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:53:19 -0000 Manchester Airport’s hackney cab drivers could threaten more ‘gridlock’ protests, as they face 40 per cent wage cut About 400 hackney cab drivers could cause continued traffic chaos at Manchester Airport if a permanent solution in the dispute over being ‘tucked away’ from travellers exiting terminal three is not agreed http://www.unitetheunion.org/manchester-airports-hackney-cab-drivers-could-threaten-more-gridlock-protests-as-they-face-40-per-cent-wage-cut/default.aspx tcm:11-34863 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:24:03 -0000 Treatment of Gatwick taxi driver focuses spotlight on ‘anti-union stance’ of taxi company, says Unite Unite is supporting Michael Sweeney, a self-employed taxi driver who has worked at the airport since 1996 and has been refused work by Airport Cars Gatwick for carrying out his legitimate duties as a union rep http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/treatment-of-gatwick-taxi-driver-focuses-spotlight-on-anti-union-stance-of-taxi-company/default.aspx tcm:11-34851 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:18:29 -0000 CAA report on airport accessibility fails to consider welfare of workers “The workforce takes great pride in providing the service they do for disabled passengers, despite being on a toxic combination of zero hours and the minimum wage" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/caa-report-on-airport-accessibility-fails-to-consider-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34859 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:57:38 -0000 Shambolic government’s Brexit white paper undeliverable, says Unite “People at home worried about their jobs and futures will have watched aghast at the shambles the government made of unveiling arguably the most important set of proposals before this country for generations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shambolic-governments-brexit-white-paper-undeliverable-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34848 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:09:56 -0000 Luton Airport workers on zero hours and minimum wage fight for dignity “Luton Airport awarded the contract to Clece Care Services , so it cannot wash its hands of responsibility for the workers’ treatment." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/luton-airport-workers-fight-for-dignity/default.aspx tcm:11-34843 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:56:09 -0000 Aberdeen bypass must face immediate investigation after ‘lethal’ 15 hour a day adverts unearthed Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the Scottish government to launch an immediate investigation after it was revealed that employment agencies have been advertising for workers to operate for 15 hours a day or 80 hours a week on the highly troubled Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/aberdeen-bypass-must-face-immediate-investigation-after-lethal-15-hour-a-day-adverts-unearthed/default.aspx tcm:11-34839 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:59:22 -0000 Unite to unfurl anti-Trump banner in Durham on eve of miners’ gala Unite, the UK’s largest union, will unveil a banner titled ‘Trump not Welcome’ on the eve (Friday 13 July) of this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala in solidarity with the demonstrations taking place simultaneously in London and other cities against the US president’s visit to the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-unfurl-anti-trump-banner-in-durham-on-eve-of-miners-gala/default.aspx tcm:11-34836 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:40:40 -0000 Statement on Srebrenica Memorial Day 2018 We hope you will join us in mourning the loss of those who died at Srebrenica, and reflecting on how we as individuals, groups and communities can come together to build a better future without hatred. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-srebrenica-memorial-day-2018/default.aspx tcm:11-34833 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:56:43 -0000 Aberdeen airport workers vote for strike action over pay “Aberdeen International Airport’s latest derisory pay offer has been emphatically rejected by Unite members." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/aberdeen-airport-workers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34827 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:31:51 -0000 Homes and Communities Agency staff to begin strike tomorrow over pay Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed at the Homes and Communities Agency will begin a three day strike tomorrow (Tuesday 10 July) in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/homes-and-communities-agency-staff-to-begin-strike-tomorrow-over-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-34821 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 14:53:02 -0000 Government’s electric car policy lacks direction, warns Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents thousands of car workers including those in supply chains and engine manufacturers, has warned that the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy which proposes that all new cars will be electric by 2040, lacks clarity and could damage the UK’s motor industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/governments-electric-car-policy-lacks-direction-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34817 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 14:07:07 -0000 Defence workers lobby MPs calling for navy support vessels to be UK built Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “It would be a travesty if UK government ministers handed the economic windfall that building the new Fleet Solid Support ships brings to another country." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/defence-workers-lobby-mps-calling-for-navy-support-vessels-to-be-uk-built/default.aspx tcm:11-34813 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 13:26:48 -0000 McCluskey accuses government of playing ‘Russian roulette’ amid Brexit resignations "This government continues to play Russian roulette with the jobs and prospects of the people of this country." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-playing-russian-roulette-amid-brexit-resignations/default.aspx tcm:11-34808 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 11:04:38 -0000 Baggage handlers at Luton Airport set strike dates over pay and poor treatment Baggage handlers at Luton Airport have voted to reject a new pay offer from their employer Menzies Aviation which workers say still fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/baggage-handlers-at-luton-airport-set-strike-dates-over-pay-and-poor-treatment/default.aspx tcm:11-34811 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 07:24:57 -0000 Sheffield tram system set to be ‘paralysed’ by strike action next week in ‘26p an hour’ pay offer row About 200 drivers and conductors working on the 48-stop light rail tram system will strike for 24 hours on Monday and again on Thursday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sheffield-tram-system-set-to-be-paralysed/default.aspx tcm:11-34800 Fri, 6 Jul 2018 10:17:41 -0000 30 years on - Piper Alpha remembered 30 years on we have an industry that is driven increasingly by cost reductions, with corners and jobs being cut to save money. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/30-years-on---piper-alpha-remembered/default.aspx tcm:11-34798 Fri, 6 Jul 2018 10:17:19 -0000 Unite members at CITB to plan next steps in head office campaign as minister describes proposals as ‘challenging’ Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), will meet with staff representatives next week (Tuesday 10 July) to decide on their next steps in opposing the proposed closure of the organisation’s head office in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-citb-to-plan-next-steps-in-head-office-campaign-as-minister-describes-proposals-as-challenging/default.aspx tcm:11-34791 Thu, 5 Jul 2018 15:34:23 -0000 Unite announce strike days on Total’s oil and gas offshore platforms The overwhelming vote in favour of strike action demonstrates the fury at Total’s proposals to impose changes to the working practices and conditions on its three platforms. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-announce-strike-days-on-totals-oil-and-gas-offshore-platforms/default.aspx tcm:11-34788 Thu, 5 Jul 2018 14:54:11 -0000 ‘Turn the tap off on water bosses’ excessive pay’, says Unite Unite acting national officer for utilities Peter McIntosh said: “The reservoir of corporate greed in the water industry needs to be drained as a matter of urgency and we believe that Ofwat needs to be much tougher on this issue." http://www.unitetheunion.org/turn-the-tap-off-on-water-bosses-excessive-pay-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34778 Thu, 5 Jul 2018 11:08:23 -0000 Government failures risking road users safety warns Unite The safety of thousands of road users is being put at risk due to the government’s failure to properly enforce strict laws on the labelling of tyres, Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-failures-risking-road-users-safety-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34774 Thu, 5 Jul 2018 09:34:37 -0000 Unite comment on Jaguar Land Rover Brexit concerns Commenting on reports last night (Wednesday, July 4) that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is concerned that a `hard' Brexit will not support that company's future in the UK, the general secretary for Unite, the union representing automotive and manufacturing workers, Len McCluskey said: “JLR is one of the manufacturing success stories of this country. Much of that is down to the dedication of a workforce who have fought tooth and claw for a future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-comment-on-jlr-brexit-concerns/default.aspx tcm:11-34772 Thu, 5 Jul 2018 08:59:43 -0000 Lorry driving in crisis due to health problems and recruitment crisis, warns Unite A combination of health problems, an ageing workforce and a failure to recruit younger workers, is creating a crisis in HGV drivers creating severe skills shortages, which will damage the overall health of the economy warns Unite, the UK’s largest union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lorry-driving-in-crisis-due-to-health-problems-and-recruitment-crisis-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34764 Wed, 4 Jul 2018 11:57:27 -0000 Minimum wage increase would boost public coffers by £5.6 billion, Unite study finds “A £10 per hour minimum wage would mean extra money in people’s pockets which would be spent in communities and on high streets across the UK. It would help breathe life into a flagging economy and make work pay.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/minimum-wage-increase-would-boost-public-coffers-unite-study-finds/default.aspx tcm:11-34762 Wed, 4 Jul 2018 11:39:40 -0000 Unite statement on Brexit: No to a second referendum but we will mobilise against an abysmal Tory Brexit As democrats we respect the vote to leave. It is however impossible to respect the way the government has conducted itself since. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-to-a-second-referendum-but-we-will-mobilise-against-an-abysmal-tory-brexit/default.aspx tcm:11-34757 Tue, 3 Jul 2018 15:58:20 -0000 Unite to target TGI Fridays restaurants with nationwide protests Unite and ‘fair tips’ campaigners will be targeting TGI Fridays restaurants, tomorrow (Wednesday 4 July) with over 30 demonstrations planned nationwide to protest the company’s unfair tipping policy and refusal to talk to the union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-target-tgi-fridays-restaurants-with-nationwide-protests/default.aspx tcm:11-34752 Tue, 3 Jul 2018 11:56:13 -0000 Unite launches legal action for ex-Carillion workers on GCHQ contract Unite, the UK’s largest union, has launched legal action on behalf of a group of 27 members who were made redundant following the collapse of the Carillion group in January. The legal action is the first taken by a union for affected workers, following the group’s collapse. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-action-for-ex-carillion-workers-on-gchq-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34746 Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:10:43 -0000 McCluskey: Bad bosses be warned, Unite is afraid of no-one “£35 million is now sitting in our strike fund, ready and waiting. That fund has already won many victories for Unite members, often without a penny of it being spent." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bad-bosses-be-warned-unite-is-afraid-of-no-one/default.aspx tcm:11-34718 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 17:41:03 -0000 Unite local authority craft workers reject local government pay offer and show disgust at employers’ attitude Thousands of Unite members employed in local government, whose pay and conditions are covered by the ‘craft red book’ agreement, and primarily undertake housing maintenance roles, have voted to reject the employers pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-local-authority-craft-workers-reject-local-government-pay-offer-and-show-disgust-at-employers-attitude/default.aspx tcm:11-34740 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 14:47:42 -0000 Civil service pay award a ‘slap in the face’ for dedicated workforce Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described the government’s continuing pay restraint policy for civil servants as a ‘slap in the face’ for loyal and dedicated workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/civil-service-pay-award-a-slap-in-the-face-for-dedicated-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-34727 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 12:06:33 -0000 Talks call on job security as Magnox management shake-up announced Unite acting national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “We will be seeking a meeting with the new board of directors at the subsidiary, once it is in place, to seek guarantees about employees’ terms and condition of employment.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/talks-call-on-job-security-as-magnox-management-shake-up-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-34721 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 11:25:48 -0000 Bristol city council to sign charter to protect construction workers Bristol city council has given its backing to a Unite construction charter that seeks to ensure that conditions for workers on construction projects under local authority control in Bristol meet the highest standards. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bristol-city-council-to-sign-charter-to-protect-construction-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34742 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 09:20:33 -0000 Joint steel unions statement on Tata Steel and thyssenkrupp joint venture “We will be seeking guarantees over jobs and investment for the UK operations of the joint venture to secure the future of UK steel." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-steel-unions-statement-on-tata-steel-and-thyssenkrupp-joint-venture/default.aspx tcm:11-34776 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 10:28:09 -0000 Total’s oil and gas platforms face shutdown as Unite members vote to strike Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Total E&P working on North Sea oil and gas platforms are set to begin industrial action next month in a dispute over pay and working hours. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/totals-oil-and-gas-platforms-face-shutdown-as-unite-members-vote-to-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-34706 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:44:24 -0000 Major victory for London’s young people in non-payment of ‘living wage’ scandal, says Unite Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We regard this as a significant victory in our campaign to achieve LLW pay justice for young people employed in London boroughs by GLL." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/major-victory-for-londons-young-people-in-non-payment-of-living-wage-scandal-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34704 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:20:37 -0000 Likelihood of Hackney parking chaos increases as peace talks collapse The prospect of residents in Hackney north London, becoming mired in a parking meltdown next month has dramatically increased after peace talks brokered by the conciliation service Acas collapsed yesterday (Wednesday 27 June). http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/likelihood-of-hackney-parking-chaos-increases-as-peace-talks-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-34701 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:43:39 -0000 CITB workers to present local MP with petition opposing Bircham Newton closure and outsourcing plans Representatives of workers facing wholesale job cuts as a result of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) ‘re-organisation plans’ and members of the local community will tomorrow (Friday 29 June) present two petitions to local MP Henry Bellingham, opposing the organisation’s proposals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-workers-present-local-mp-with-petition-opposing-bircham-newton-closure-and-outsourcing-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-34699 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:59:20 -0000 Honeywell accused of intimidating workers over pay deal "The company should get back around the table and negotiate instead of throwing its toys out of the pram when things don’t go its way." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/honeywell-accused-of-intimidating-workers-over-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-34713 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:15:29 -0000 Wolverhampton disruption expected as taxi drivers protest Taxi drivers from Coventry are set to cause disruption in the centre of Wolverhampton tomorrow (28 June) to protest over the council’s issuing of Uber licences. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/wolverhampton-disruption-expected-taxi-drivers-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-34695 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:48:13 -0000 Protest as RBS closes Perth branch Unite members and local Labour Party activists will be demonstrating tomorrow outside Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) South Street branch in Perth as the branch permanently closes its doors. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-as-rbs-closes-perth-branch/default.aspx tcm:11-34687 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:21:18 -0000 Unite response to MPs voting in favour of Heathrow expansion “The government must now play its part and ensure there is no further delay by fast forwarding Heathrow expansion to free up the extra aviation capacity the UK has desperately needed for decades.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-on-mps-voting-in-favour-of-heathrow-expansion/default.aspx tcm:11-34681 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:03:25 -0000 Government must re-consider Capita MoD firefighters contract on social value criteria Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called on the government to withdraw its decision to award the contract to privatise the Ministry of Defence (MoD) firefighters and defence workers, to troubled outsourcing company Capita, following the announcement that all future outsourcing contracts should be assessed on ‘social value’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-re-consider-capita-mod-firefighters-contract-on-social-value-criteria/default.aspx tcm:11-34663 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:15:29 -0000 Swansea tidal bay lagoon decision is a short-sighted ‘jobs killer’ “The decision not to back the tidal bay lagoon denies Wales the opportunity of being at the forefront of green energy innovation, while at the same jeopardises hundreds of jobs in turbine production at GE." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swansea-tidal-bay-lagoon-decision-is-a-short-sighted-jobs-killer/default.aspx tcm:11-34683 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:31:36 -0000 UK government urged to stop the ‘infighting’ and provide Brexit certainty amid Airbus warnings Unite warned that a ‘cliff edge’ Brexit was becoming a ‘cold hard reality’ that was getting closer by the day as it urged the government to end Brexit uncertainty after the publication of Airbus’ latest risk assessment on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-government-urged-to-stop-the-infighting-and-provide-brexit-certainty-amid-airbus-warnings/default.aspx tcm:11-34655 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:30:40 -0000 Unite urges Sheffield Supertram bosses to make improved pay offer to avoid strikes Unite called on Stagecoach bosses running Sheffield’s Supertram to table a revised pay offer to avoid industrial action after drivers and conductors overwhelmingly backed strike action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-sheffield-supertram-bosses-to-make-improved-pay-offer-to-avoid-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-34653 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:21:56 -0000 Ministers accused of ‘staggering complacency’ as Unite calls for investigation into Capita defence contract Unite accused government ministers of ‘staggering complacency’ and called for an investigation following today’s urgent question in the House of Commons on the awarding of a contract to Capita to run the UK military fire and rescue services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-accused-of-staggering-complacency-as-unite-calls-for-investigation-into-capita-defence-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34649 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:16:41 -0000 Westminster council and HSE accused of inaction as workers found illegally living on construction site Unite, the UK’s construction union, has accused Westminster council and the Health and Safety Executive of inaction which could place workers lives in danger, after it notified both organisations of workers illegally living on a construction site in St Johns’ Wood. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/westminster-council-and-hse-accused-of-inaction-as-workers-found-illegally-living-on-construction-site/default.aspx tcm:11-34643 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:27:04 -0000 Unite challenges Barclays bank as it cuts hundreds of staff in Cardiff and Coventry Unite is clear that Barclays bank is failing in its responsibilities to its staff and customers in Cardiff and Coventry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-challenges-barclays-bank-as-it-cuts-hundreds-of-staff-in-cardiff-and-coventry/default.aspx tcm:11-34639 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:03:51 -0000 North West NHS strikes stepped up over outsourcing plans Unite, the UK’s largest union, is to step up strike action at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, in a dispute concerning outsourcing. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-west-nhs-strikes-stepped-up-over-outsourcing-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-34635 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:49:35 -0000