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 'Line in the sand’ needs to be drawn as privatisation engulfs London’s King’s College Hospital, says Unite King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust plans to reduce the trust’s tax costs by transferring specialist equipment and staff to a private company wholly-owned by the trust board, leading to a serious erosion of employment conditions of staff http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/line-in-the-sand-needs-to-be-drawn-as-privatisation-engulfs-londons-kings-college-hospital/default.aspx tcm:11-30069 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:18:03 -0000 Unite statement on Mount Vernon Hospital, Barnsley Unite lead officer for health in Yorkshire Terry Cunliffe said: “South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust needs to come clean on its plans for the site; the patients, staff and people of Barnsley deserve to know what is on the cards for this much-valued institution." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-mount-vernon-hospital-barnsley/default.aspx tcm:11-30065 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:44:44 -0000 Serious questions raised by Unite over awarding of NHS contract for community health services in Yorkshire Unite is asking why East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group awarded the five-year contract, worth an annual £27 million, to City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) when the competing bid from the Humber NHS Foundation Trust was lower http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/serious-questions-raised-by-unite-over-awarding-of-nhs-contract-for-community-health-services-in-yorkshire/default.aspx tcm:11-30038 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:57:37 -0000 ‘No backsliding’ on number of visits to families by health visitors, says Unite Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “There can be no compromise on the health of new born babies and young children – and there should be no backsliding by ministers on the number of mandated visits.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-backsliding-on-number-of-visits-to-families-by-health-visitors-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30032 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:45:54 -0000 Gatwick workers to ballot for strike action over poverty pay Unite members at Gatwick Airport, employed in assisting passengers with reduced mobility, will this week begin voting for strike action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gatwick-workers-to-ballot-for-strike-action-over-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-30030 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:27:45 -0000 BMW pension talks set to continue as threat of industrial action remains, warns Unite The proposed closure of the final salary pension scheme by 31 May 2017 could result in car workers making the iconic Mini and Rolls-Royce motor cars losing as much as £140,000 over the course of their retirement. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-pension-talks-set-to-continue-as-threat-of-industrial-action-remains-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30013 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:43:46 -0000 Unite warns of pension theft as government floats final salary pension changes “Words alone will not stop multi-billion pound companies seeking to duck their pension promises and close pension schemes in an opportunistic way. More and more we are seeing highly successful companies pleading poverty in a bid to shirk their pension responsibilities, while paying ever increasing sums in shareholder dividends." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-pension-theft-as-government-floats-final-salary-pension-changes/default.aspx tcm:11-30010 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:12:26 -0000 Unite heartened by MPs’ exchanges backing Vauxhall workers Len McCluskey: “I repeat, the UK government must match whatever political and financial support that the French and German governments are giving their plants and workers." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-heartened-by-mps-exchanges-backing-vauxhall-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-30015 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:09:11 -0000 AWE workers take pensions’ dispute to Ministry of Defence in Whitehall tomorrow Unite regional secretary for the south east Jennie Formby said: “Our committed members feel betrayed and badly let down by what has happened to their pensions and they don’t deserve to lose thousands of pounds when they retire." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-take-pensions-dispute-to-ministry-of-defence-in-whitehall-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30007 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:03:29 -0000 Unite to meet BMW bosses in bid to avert strike action "I say to BMW, be under no illusions. These workers are angry that their working lifetime savings are being threatened by an employer making significant profits." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-meet-bmw-bosses-in-bid-to-avert-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30005 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:24:15 -0000 Len McCluskey to meet Peugeot CEO in bid to secure UK plants Commenting, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “I am pleased that Carlos Tavares has responded speedily and positively to my request for a meeting to discuss Peugeot’s intentions towards our Vauxhall plants." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-to-meet-peugeot-ceo-in-bid-to-secure-uk-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-30003 Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite urges Unilever to resist Kraft Heinz ‘predatory’ takeover bid Commenting Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “Unite is seeking an urgent meeting with Unilever senior management to gain assurances that the company will resist this predatory takeover by Kraft Heinz." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-unilever-to-resist-kraft-heinz-predatory-takeover-bid/default.aspx tcm:11-29995 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:56:18 -0000 Unite agrees first Crossrail productivity payments Electricians, mechanical engineers and plumbers working on the new Whitechapel Crossrail station will receive productivity payments worth £867 over four weeks thanks to their union Unite, the UK’s largest construction union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-agrees-crossrail-productivity-payments/default.aspx tcm:11-29993 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:26:12 -0000 Protests at NHS cuts in Yorkshire to be combated by ‘guerrilla marketing’, warns Unite Marketing specialists have been asked ‘to express an interest’ in the £10,000 nine-month contract to run from April for the Humber, Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan by today http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protests-at-nhs-cuts-in-yorkshire-to-be-combated-by-guerrilla-marketing/default.aspx tcm:11-29989 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:38:05 -0000 Unite statement on today’s talks between General Motors and the UK government Unite general secretary meets the President of General Motors Dan Ammann, and the secretary of state for business and industrial strategy Greg Clark. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-todays-talks-between-general-motors-and-the-uk-government/default.aspx tcm:11-29979 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:44:03 -0000 Bad bosses should face jail for ‘wage theft’, says Unite, as 350 employers ‘named and shamed’ over failure to pay national minimum wage The union contrasted the government’s ‘light tap on the knuckles’ approach – just 13 prosecutions since 2007 – with America where employers are jailed for ‘wage theft’ for failing to pay employees the minimum wage http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bad-bosses-should-face-jail-for-wage-theft-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29963 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:00:29 -0000 Steelworkers vote to accept Tata Steel proposals Tony Brady, national officer for Unite, said: "This is not a decision our members have taken lightly. It has been a hellish time for them, their families and their communities as uncertainty has swirled around the steel industry over this past year or more. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/steelworkers-vote-to-accept-tata-steel-investment-proposals/default.aspx tcm:11-29961 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:25:03 -0000 Unite statement following the meeting with minister to discuss possible Vauxhall sale to Peugeot – ‘we will not accept any job losses’ Following his meeting with Greg Clark, the secretary of state for business and industrial strategy, the leader of Unite Len McCluskey said that GM had a moral duty to stand by the UK workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-following-the-meeting-with-minister-to-discuss-possible-vauxhall-sale-to-peugeot--we-will-not-accept-any-job-losses/default.aspx tcm:11-29957 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:30:23 -0000 McCluskey calls upon government to step up to secure General Motors’ jobs and plants Unite has called for assurances over the future of the GM plants at Ellesmere Port and Luton. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-calls-upon-government-to-step-up-to-secure-gm-jobs-and-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-29954 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:19:17 -0000 British Airways mixed fleet pile on the pressure over poverty pay with more strike days Unite regional officer Matt Smith said: ""We would urge British Airways to reconsider its costly intransigence and enter talks at Acas and reach an agreement." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-mixed-fleet/default.aspx tcm:11-29950 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:26:48 -0000 AWE workers take pensions’ dispute to defence secretary’s Kent constituency today Angry workers at AWE plc - the Atomic Weapons Establishment Defence – will be demonstrating outside the constituency office of Michael Fallon in Sevenoaks at noon today, as part of their long-running pensions’ dispute http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-take-pensions-dispute-to-defence-secretarys-kent-constituency-today/default.aspx tcm:11-29942 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:13:57 -0000 Toshiba uncertainty agonising for Moorside nuclear power station as Unite calls upon government to step up Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “Toshiba’s announcement that there will be yet another month’s delay on clarity over its nvolvement in the Moorside project piles further agony upon the Cumbrian community." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/moorside-nuclear-power-station/default.aspx tcm:11-29940 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:00:23 -0000 BMW warned of 'serious industrial action' over pensions 'robbery' Despite Unite putting forward affordable proposals to keep the scheme open, BMW bosses have indicated they will press ahead with plans to close the scheme following a consultation which Unite has branded a ‘sham’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-warned-of-serious-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-29932 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:16:20 -0000 British Airways urged to settle poverty pay dispute or face four more days of strikes British Airways should focus on addressing poverty pay in its mixed fleet, rather than continuing to waste hundreds of thousands of pounds on chartering in aircraft to cover striking workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-urged-to-settle-poverty-pay-dispute-or-face-four-more-days-of-strikes/default.aspx tcm:11-29926 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:34:31 -0000 McCluskey: Bosses must not deny UK workers their seat at the EU table UK employers have been urged to let workers ‘fight the corner’ of UK jobs and industries as the country begins the Brexit negotiations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-bosses-must-not-deny-uk-workers-their-seat-at-the-eu-table/default.aspx tcm:11-29924 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:11:18 -0000 Progress in Woolwich Ferry dispute talks Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Enough progress was made yesterday for the unions to suspend next Friday’s planned 24-hour strike." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/progress-in-woolwich-ferry-dispute-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-29922 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:10:56 -0000 Lobby of Portsmouth city council on Tuesday in union representation row A protest against the Tory-controlled city council, which appears ‘hell-bent’ on worsening industrial relations by slashing the funding for trade union reps, will be staged outside the Guildhall on Tuesday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lobby-of-portsmouth-city-council-on-tuesday-in-union-representation-row/default.aspx tcm:11-29916 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:22:43 -0000 Unite chief urges government to come clean over leaked Brexit list Len McCluskey said: “The report today that great swathes of UK industry do not make it into the government’s high priority category for the Brexit negotiations will cause tremendous anxiety among working people." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-urges-government-to-come-clean-over-leaked-brexit-list/default.aspx tcm:11-29914 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:26:21 -0000 Unite Community open top bus to visit six west London hospitals in ‘whistle stop’ tour Unite Community West London members will get abroad the ‘Save Our NHS’ open top bus on Saturday (11 February) as part of their campaign to expose the threat posed by the government’s secretive NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) on local health services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-community-open-top-bus-to-visit-six-west-london-hospitals-in-whistle-stop-tour/default.aspx tcm:11-29911 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:53:50 -0000 Trident programme hit by AWE pensions’ dispute, says Unite Acting general secretary Gail Cartmail warned defence secretary Michael Fallon that the two days of strike action - 14 and 21 February - will cause ‘further delays to the Trident programme’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/trident-programme-hit-by-awe-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-29906 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:45:13 -0000 ‘Up to 155 jobs’ under threat at Bernard Matthews ‘deeply disappointing’, says Unite Unite said that 96 production jobs at the chicken production south site at Great Witchingham were under threat, with the remaining job losses coming from the head office managerial, technical and clerical staff http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/up-to-155-jobs-under-threat-at-bernard-matthews-deeply-disappointing-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29902 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:47:09 -0000 Unite welcomes Tata sale to Liberty House Britain’s biggest manufacturing union, Unite, said it looked forward to working closely with Liberty House to secure the future of advanced steelmaking in the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-tata-sale-to-liberty-house/default.aspx tcm:11-29898 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:44:07 -0000 Fellside CHP plant workers’ long-running dispute over terms and conditions settled The nine-month old dispute over terms and conditions involving workers employed at Cape Industrial Services Limited on the Fellside CHP plant, based at Sellafield in Cumbria, has been settled. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fellside-chp-plant-workers-long-running-dispute-over-terms-and-conditions-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-29900 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:59:50 -0000 Unite chief urges mayor of London to build on ‘fairer deal’ for bus workers Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called on the mayor of London Sadiq Khan to build on the successful introduction of a minimum pay rate for London’s bus drivers, by working with Unite towards a harmonised London wide pay structure. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-urges-mayor-of-london-to-build-on-fairer-deal-for-bus-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-29896 Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:26:48 -0000 Unite demands public inquiry to rid construction industry of blacklisting “Unite fully backs Chuka Umunna’s renewed calls for a public inquiry and government action to prevent the insidious practice of blacklisting ruining ever more lives." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demands-public-inquiry-to-rid-construction-industry-of-blacklisting/default.aspx tcm:11-29893 Wed, 8 Feb 2017 14:53:36 -0000 Friday’s Woolwich Ferry strike suspended for talks tomorrow Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “We can confirm that Unite has suspended the 24-hour strike action, scheduled for Friday, for talks to take place tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fridays-woolwich-ferry-strike-suspended-for-talks-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-29891 Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:26:47 -0000 ‘Rickety bosses’ blamed for the latest round of Post Office job cuts by Unite The union said that the Post Office wanted to axe another 150 jobs just five weeks after the company announced the appointment of more than 30 highly paid-directors http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rickety-bosses-blamed-for-the-latest-round-of-post-office-job-cuts-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29887 Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:23:36 -0000 Bridgend Ford jobs essential for the prosperity of Wales, says Unite chief Len McCluskey will be meeting shop stewards at Ford’s Bridgend engine plant in Wales tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bridgend-ford-jobs-essential-for-the-prosperity-of-wales-says-unite-chief/default.aspx tcm:11-29878 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:32:53 -0000 Striking British Airways cabin crew take poverty pay battle to parliament Around 100 striking cabin crew working for British Airways’ mixed fleet are set to lobby parliament tomorrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-british-airways-cabin-crew-take-poverty-pay-battle-to-parliament/default.aspx tcm:11-29869 Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:57:11 -0000 British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew get set for six days of strikes over poverty pay The main picket line will be at Hatton Cross, next to the Tube station. It will be in operation from 09:00 on Sunday 5 February. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-mixed-fleet-cabin-crew-get-set-for-six-days-of-strikes-over-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-29854 Fri, 3 Feb 2017 15:29:27 -0000 Burton bus drivers seal union recognition deal with Midland Classic “We look forward to working positively with Midland Classic to improve the working lives of our members and the service they provide to the public.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/burton-bus-drivers-seal-union-recognition-deal-with-midland-classic/default.aspx tcm:11-29848 Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:29:18 -0000 'Double standards’ Portsmouth city council leader in union representation row Tory-controlled Portsmouth city council seems ‘hell-bent’ on worsening industrial relations by slashing the funding for trade union reps who represent workers http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/portsmouth-city-council-leader-in-union-representation-row/default.aspx tcm:11-29846 Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:54:53 -0000 McCluskey: ‘Trump Tower trade deals no substitute for single market access’ The leader of the UK’s biggest trade union, Unite has warned that working class communities face the `fight of their lifetimes’ to fend off a ‘hard’ exit from the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-trump-tower-trade-deals-no-substitute-for-single-market-access/default.aspx tcm:11-29838 Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:21:45 -0000 Unite response to the government’s review of employment tribunal consultation Len McCluskey said: "The Conservative government is dealing in alternative facts to claim that both the fall in employment tribunal applications is greater than they anticipated and that people are not losing out." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-response-to-the-governments-review-of-employment-tribunal-consultation/default.aspx tcm:11-29820 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite conference - manufacturing workers demand a Brexit for jobs Workers from leading companies across the north west will gather in Liverpool for a conference on Thursday (2 February) specially convened by Unite, the UK’s biggest manufacturing union, to press for more support for the sector from the government as the country moves towards Brexit. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-conference---manufacturing-workers-demand-a-brexit-for-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-29807 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:43:38 -0000 Government's industrial strategy ignores helicopter production, says Unite Business secretary Greg Clark is being asked why there is no mention of UK helicopter production in the government’s much-heralded industrial strategy. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/governments-industrial-strategy-ignores-helicopter-production-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-29800 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:07:05 -0000 Woolwich Ferry dispute escalates over health and safety concerns as worker collapses, says Unite The union said that on Saturday an ambulance was called to the ferry after the engineer collapsed from inhaling fumes in the engine room of one of the boats – after treatment, he was not detained in hospital http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/woolwich-ferry-dispute-escalates-over-health-and-safety-concerns-as-worker-collapses/default.aspx tcm:11-29783 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:52:41 -0000 Campaigners to protest against plans to slash Humber health visitors by 25 per cent Health campaigners and concerned families will be joining members of Unite on Wednesday to protest over Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s plans to axe health visitors and school nurses http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaigners-to-protest-against-plans-to-slash-humber-health-visitors-by-25-per-cent/default.aspx tcm:11-29775 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:30:44 -0000 Unite builds common cause with Ford to defend UK jobs and our world class car industry The leaders of the UK’s biggest union and a major global automaker have agreed to build common cause in defence of UK car manufacturing’s access to the European Union’s single market post-Brexit. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-builds-common-cause-with-ford-to-defend-uk-jobs-and-our-world-class-car-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-29773 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:48:47 -0000 British Airways facing six days of strike action by mixed fleet cabin crew Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “Rather than addressing poverty pay, British Airways is spending money hand over fist on chartering in aircraft to cover striking cabin crew. “If it can afford to waste money in such a manner then British Airways can clearly afford to address pay levels which are among the lowest in the industry." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/british-airways-facing-six-days-of-strike-action-by-mixed-fleet-cabin-crew/default.aspx tcm:11-29771 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:57:41 -0000