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 BMW final salary pension closure will be fought ‘tooth-and-claw’, says Unite Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “It is clear that our members will be losing thousands of pounds a year in retirement incomes, if this proposal is allowed to go ahead." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-final-salary-pension-closure-will-be-fought-tooth-and-claw-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28465 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:21:02 -0000 Unite welcomes Labour’s commitment to tackle poverty pay Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This will be music to the ears of the millions of low paid workers who are getting poorer under this government. They can see now that Labour is the only party that is serious about making work pay in this country." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-labours-commitment-to-tackle-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-28460 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:18:40 -0000 Labour is the only party to protect our industry “At the heart of Labour’s plan for Britain is an industrial strategy backed by a national investment bank and regional development strategies; supported through public procurement and in-sourcing; with tax policies to support industrial development, new jobs and apprenticeships." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/labour-is-the-only-party-to-protect-our-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-28453 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:41:25 -0000 The curtain rises on the first North West Labour Film Festival The first ever North West Labour Film Festival will take place in Liverpool at the Picturehouse (FACT) and the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo, Crosby from Thursday 6 October to Sunday 9 October. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/the-curtain-rises-on-the-first-north-west-labour-film-festival/default.aspx tcm:11-28449 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:15:29 -0000 Unite welcomes re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader Responding to the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn MP as Labour leader, the general secretary of Unite, the UK’s biggest union, Len McCluskey said: “Congratulations are due to Jeremy and his team for the positive campaign that they ran and this well deserved victory today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-reelection-of-jeremy-corbyn-as-labour-leader/default.aspx tcm:11-28442 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite the union at Labour party conference 2016, Liverpool An active industrial strategy which supports British manufacturing, decent jobs and reconnecting communities battered by Conservative cuts are among the issues for Britain’s largest union, Unite at this year’s Labour party conference in Liverpool. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-the-union-at-labour-party-conference-2016-liverpool/default.aspx tcm:11-28433 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:43:34 -0000 Celebrate health visitor week with Unite/CPHVA, starting Monday 26 September Unite will celebrate the nation’s health visitors and 120 years of the CPHVA (Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors Association) with a special week of events from Monday 26 to Friday 30 September as part of health visitor week (#HVweek). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/celebrate-health-visitor-week-with-unitecphva-starting-monday-26-september/default.aspx tcm:11-28431 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:21:00 -0000 Victory for youth and community workers as ‘pink book’ is saved Unite, youth and community members have overwhelmingly voted to accept a new two year deal after the LGA employers rowed back on plans to tear up the ‘pink book’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/victory-for-youth-and-community-workers-as-pink-book-is-saved/default.aspx tcm:11-28420 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:06 -0000 Unite members vote to accept Wood Group proposal Members of Scotland’s biggest offshore union have voted to end an industrial dispute that led to the first North Sea strike in a generation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-members-vote-to-accept-wood-group-proposal/default.aspx tcm:11-28409 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:49:51 -0000 Newspaper delivery strike suspended as Menzies staff vote on improved offer The two 24-hour strikes due to have started tomorrow and Monday have been suspended while the ballot is being held - the result is due on 30 September http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newspaper-delivery-strike-suspended-as-menzies-staff-vote-on-improved-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-28405 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:24:16 -0000 Hackney traffic wardens strike tomorrow in victimisation and pay dispute The traffic wardens will strike from 00.01 tomorrow in the dispute with the international parking services company Apcoa, after talks at the conciliation service, Acas broke down today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hackney-traffic-wardens-strike-tomorrow-in-victimisation-and-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-28398 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:04:09 -0000 Bernard Matthews jobs pledge welcomed by Unite Reassurances by the new owners of the turkey producers that the jobs of the 2,000-strong workforce are safe have been welcomed by Unite http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bernard-matthews-jobs-pledge-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28395 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:45:07 -0000 Sale of Bernard Matthews is given cautious welcome by Unite The union said that the sale looks like it will secure the jobs of the 2,000 workers employed by the firm in Norfolk and Suffolk, but it is seeking clarification on future employment, pay, and terms and conditions under the new ownership. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sale-of-bernard-matthews-is-given-cautious-welcome-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28363 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:20:12 -0000 Unite welcomes Sports Direct's change of heart to hold an independent review Britain's largest union, Unite welcomed today's (Tuesday 20 September) announcement by Sports Direct to hold an independent review into working practices and corporate governance. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-sports-directs-change-of-heart-over-independent-review/default.aspx tcm:11-28335 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:49:27 -0000 Public wants zero hours contracts banned More than six in ten UK people (64 per cent) want zero hours contracts banned a new poll reveals today (Friday 16 September) as it is also confirmed that most people (53 per cent) also feel that there are too few decent jobs in their area. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/public-wants-zero-hours-contracts-banned/default.aspx tcm:11-28301 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:37:49 -0000 Newspaper delivery threat as Menzies staff prepare for two days of strikes Newspaper deliveries to newsagents across the UK will be hit as staff at Menzies Distribution prepare to hold two 24-hour strikes on 23 and 26 September for the first time ever over a ‘pitiful’ pay offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newspaper-delivery-threat-as-menzies-staff-prepare-for-two-days-of-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-28303 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:40:03 -0000 Prudential staff in Reading call off strike after winning job guarantees Two 24-hours strikes by Prudential employees based in Reading have been suspended after the company gave guarantees that alternative jobs would be found for those affected. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prudential-staff-in-reading-call-off-strike-after-winning-job-guarantees/default.aspx tcm:11-28297 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:28:50 -0000 82 job losses at Aviva in Leicester deplored by Unite The jobs are based at the city’s Princess Road West – and the redundancies are expected to be completed by 31 December this year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/82-job-losses-at-aviva-in-leicester-deplored-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28292 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:13:22 -0000 Ballots for industrial action at the Equality and Human Rights Commission over funding cuts and threat to jobs Swingeing cuts to the funding to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which will decimate services to some of the most disadvantaged in the UK, has prompted two trade unions to ballot their members for industrial action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ballots-for-industrial-action-at-the-equality-and-human-rights-commission-over-funding-cuts-and-threat-to-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28290 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:45:40 -0000 Hinkley Point go-ahead decision ‘historic’, says Unite “This was the first major litmus test for big infrastructure projects, following June’s EU referendum and shows that there is the appetite for giving the green light for such projects that the UK so desperately needs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hinkley-point-go-ahead-decision-historic/default.aspx tcm:11-28284 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:09:51 -0000 Unite demands meeting with Ford executives over Bridgend plant “Ford needs to provide answers fast if it is head off speculation that it has a hidden exit plan for its UK sites." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demands-meeting-with-ford-executives-over-bridgend-plant/default.aspx tcm:11-28262 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:01:01 -0000 Unite warns against complacency over unemployment figures “Work should pay. The government must not crow about record employment while millions cannot make ends meet. It has to get a grip.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-against-complacency-over-unemployment-figures/default.aspx tcm:11-28247 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:11:43 -0000 Collective bargaining reduced to ‘collective begging’ without the right to strike, warns Unite Speaking in support of a composite on the Trade Union Act, Tony Burke argued now was the perfect moment in time to go beyond merely fighting anti-trade union legislation stretching back more than three decades. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/collective-bargaining-reduced-to-collective-begging-without-the-right-to-strike-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28236 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:58:44 -0000 Bromley council’s plan to run-down and break-up local libraries falls apart Unite has won a significant victory in Bromley against the fragmentation of the borough’s library service. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-councils-plan-to-run-down-and-break-up-local-libraries-falls-apart/default.aspx tcm:11-28232 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:02:16 -0000 Unite leads calls for blacklisting public inquiry at TUC conference “In all of our campaigns our activists on the front line know their actions are watched and ‘noted’. To those doing the watching Unite will not stand by and allow hard-working men and women suffer at the hands of the blacklisters. We will fight using political, legal and crucially industrial tactics.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-leads-calls-for-blacklisting-public-inquiry-at-tuc-conference/default.aspx tcm:11-28230 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:29:24 -0000 Step up on steel Unite tells government as poll finds public wants action for core industry British voters are backing the country’s steel industry with a widespread call for action by the government to step up its support for the beleaguered sector. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/step-up-on-steel-unite-tells-government-as-poll-finds-public-wants-action-for-core-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-28228 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:42:19 -0000 Unite: In fight against poverty do not rule out a basic income “Ours is a rapidly changing world. As we fight for decent employment and a redistribution of wealth, a basic income could have a place. To quote Victor Hugo, 'nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come’.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-in-fight-against-poverty-do-not-rule-out-a-basic-income/default.aspx tcm:11-28216 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:02:22 -0000 Bristolians urged to join protest tomorrow against swingeing council cuts The protest, organised by Bristol People’s Assembly with the support of Unite, the country’s largest union, will be at 17.00 at College Green BS1 5TF, as the full city council meets to discuss the crisis http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bristolians-urged-to-join-protest-tomorrow-against-swingeing-council-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-28213 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:44:22 -0000 McCluskey tells government and business: ‘Out of the EU must not mean out of work’ Len McCluskey: "This movement has to pick up the pieces to protect workers’ rights, to defend jobs against the background of an unsympathetic government and growing economic uncertainty." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-tells-government-and-business-out-of-the-eu-must-not-mean-out-of-work/default.aspx tcm:11-28210 Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:49:56 -0000 Unite at TUC Congress 2016 The fight to defend the UK’s industrial economy will be spearheaded by the country’s biggest union, Unite at the Trades Union Congress when it gathers in Brighton from 11 – 14 September. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-at-tuc-congress-2016/default.aspx tcm:11-28204 Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:22:19 -0000 Prudential staff in Reading to strike for two days over outsourcing jobs to India Unite said that the two days of strike action - 16 and 23 September - were ‘major shots across the Prudential’s bows’ in a bid to make it to reconsider the offshoring decision http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prudential-staff-in-reading-to-strike-for-two-days-over-outsourcing-jobs-to-india/default.aspx tcm:11-28202 Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:56:45 -0000 Post Office managers to strike for 24 hours on 15 September in pensions’ dispute Unite officer for the Post Office Brian Scott said: “Ultimately, the British public will suffer as they see the services offered by a much-loved institution being eroded by neglect from the top." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-managers-to-strike-for-24-hours-on-15-september-in-pensions-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-28195 Thu, 8 Sep 2016 14:55:28 -0000 Unite chief calls for zero hours ban as shock figures show growing insecurity in the world of work Len McCluskey said: "This sharp rise in the numbers of people reliant on zero hours work points to an economy which is increasingly being built on precarious work with more and more workers not knowing from one week to the next whether they will be able to pay the bills." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-calls-for-zero-hours-ban-as-shock-figures-show-growing-insecurity-in-the-world-of-work/default.aspx tcm:11-28187 Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:43:35 -0000 Independent shareholders vote sends a robust message to the board of Sports Direct Steve Turner said: "Investors have sent a robust message to the Sports Direct board that it has much more to do to reform and regain confidence." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/independent-shareholders-vote-sends-a-robust-message-to-the-board-of-sports-direct/default.aspx tcm:11-28180 Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:14:02 -0000 Victory against insecure employment as Hackney bus escorts gain permanent jobs Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Insecure work is one of the curses that plagues the UK’s employment landscape in 2016 – whether it is zero hours contracts and/or employment through an agency." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/victory-against-insecure-employment-as-hackney-bus-escorts-gain-permanent-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-28168 Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:16:10 -0000 Union to put Wood Group proposal to offshore workers Unite the union is to ballot members on a proposal that could end an industrial dispute that led to the first North Sea strike in a generation. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/union-to-put-wood-group-proposal-to-offshore-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-28141 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0000 Unite responds to Sports Direct working practices report "Unite calls on Sports Direct to reconsider its proposal to only move 10 agency workers a month onto direct, permanent contracts. At that rate it will take over 340 months or 28 years for the whole of the agency workforce at Shirebrook to be moved on to secure, direct contracts." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-responds-to-sports-direct-working-practices-report/default.aspx tcm:11-28131 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:21:22 -0000 Strikes until Xmas on cards in Weymouth bus drivers’ ‘poverty pay’ dispute More than 110 bus drivers in Weymouth and Bridport voted overwhelmingly to reject the pre-conditions demanded by First Hampshire & Dorset, as they would have ‘hobbled’ the talks - under the auspices of Acas - before they had even began http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strikes-until-xmas-on-cards-in-weymouth-bus-drivers-poverty-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-28139 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:40:41 -0000 London bus workers strike after talks break down London bus workers at the bus operator Tower Transit are staging a second 24-hour stoppage today (Tuesday 6 September), over the imposition of roster changes and a failure by a hard line management to commit to constructive industrial relations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-workers-strike-tomorrow-after-talks-break-down/default.aspx tcm:11-28126 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 09:38:11 -0000 Post Office workers back industrial action over pension ‘robbery’ Brian Scott said: “The Post Office’s executive team and the board need to reflect on the closure of a scheme which is currently £100 million in surplus and the anger it is causing among a workforce which is also facing a large number of job losses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/post-office-workers-back-industrial-action-over-pension-robbery/default.aspx tcm:11-28133 Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:58:31 -0000 Unite stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with Britain’s Polish community David Condliffe said: “Xenophobia and racism have no place in our society. We have more in common than that which divides us and our nation’s values of tolerance and respect will not be destroyed by those who seek to sow division." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-stands-shoulder-to-shoulder-in-solidarity-with-britains-polish-community/default.aspx tcm:11-28109 Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:46:15 -0000 Statement by UK steel unions on meeting With Tata The unions made it clear that through these actions Tata has lost the trust and confidence of the workforce and therefore the company must clearly and urgently set out its intentions and its plans to act as either a responsible owner or seller. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-by-uk-steel-unions-on-meeting-with-tata/default.aspx tcm:11-28104 Thu, 1 Sep 2016 17:12:15 -0000 Equality and human rights cuts will hamper action on pregnancy discrimination warns Unite Siobhan Endean said: “If government ministers are serious about tackling pregnancy and maternity discrimination then their warm words need to be matched by action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/equality-and-human-rights-cuts-will-hamper-action-on-pregnancy-discrimination-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-28071 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:13:07 -0000 NHS England assurances draw sceptical response amid calls for consultative ballot of GPs Said Dr Jackie Applebee: “How can GPC leaders or anyone else think that GPs will get anything meaningful amidst the massive NHS cuts?" http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-england-assurances-draw-sceptical-response-amid-calls-for-consultative-ballot-of-gps/default.aspx tcm:11-28073 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:02:33 -0000 Prudential staff start industrial action over job losses to India Unite regional officer Ian Methven said: “The industrial action by Prudential staff represents the anger felt over the transfer of 76 skilled workers from Reading to Mumbai. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prudential-staff-start-industrial-action-over-job-losses-to-india/default.aspx tcm:11-28049 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:15 -0000 University staff to be balloted for strike action over paltry pay offer Unite members working in universities across the UK will be balloted for industrial action over their employers’ 1.1 per cent pay insult from today (30 August). The ballot closes on 21 September. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/university-staff-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-over-paltry-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-28041 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:00:01 -0000 Unite suspends Bank Holiday bus stoppage to allow Tower Transit to ‘reflect’ on ‘solid’ strike action “There is now breathing space for Tower Transit to do the right thing and make the commitments members need. If however, the company chooses to squander this opportunity there will be further strikes and further damage to industrial relations.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-suspends-bank-holiday-bus-stoppage-to-allow-tower-transit-to-reflect-on-solid-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-28021 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:11:01 -0000 ‘Game playing’ First Dorset buses urged to negotiate as more strikes loom Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “It’s deeply disappointing that First Dorset continue to distort the facts with untruths. This dispute should have been settled weeks ago, but attempts by Unite to do so have been hindered by First Dorset’s unwillingness to enter into meaningful talks alongside its continued attacks on staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/game-playing-first-dorset-buses-urged-to-negotiate-as-more-strikes-loom/default.aspx tcm:11-28012 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:26 -0000 Campaigners set for ‘snap’ protest against Bristol City Council cuts Unite South West regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “This protest will send a clear message to Westminster that the people of Bristol oppose these cuts and the catastrophic effect they will have on the services provided by dedicated and hardworking council staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaigners-set-for-snap-protest-against-bristol-city-council-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-28007 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:42:19 -0000 Unite backs calls by the City and urges Sports Direct to confront ‘endemic abuses’ Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Sports Direct has achieved a rare feat in uniting the City, politicians and Unite in the need to address deep seated problems with its work practices and corporate governance." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-backs-calls-by-the-city-and-urges-sports-direct-to-confront-endemic-abuses/default.aspx tcm:11-28003 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:25:42 -0000