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 Unite response to Jess Philips’ call for candidates to back a women’s charter Response from Unite’s acting general secretary Gail Cartmail to the calls made by Jess Philips MP for candidates for the position of Unite general secretary to back a women’s charter. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-response-to-jess-philips-call-for-candidates-to-back-a-womens-charter/default.aspx tcm:11-30507 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:29:46 -0000 McCluskey: Use Brexit trigger to boost UK autos and defend our manufacturing heartlands Speaking ahead of a landmark conference of workforce and industry experts, the general secretary of Unite the union Len McCluskey has said that the UK auto sector needs investment and stability in order to stay a world leader. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-use-brexit-trigger-to-boost-uk-autos-and-defend-our-manufacturing-heartlands/default.aspx tcm:11-30497 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:18:03 -0000 Construction chaos looms after crane drivers reject pay offer Unite, the main construction union, is warning that a summer of chaos on construction sites is looming after tower crane drivers for HTC Wolffkran unanimously rejected a pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-chaos-looms-after-crane-drivers-reject-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-30494 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:38:48 -0000 Speech and language therapists get ‘collective snub’ from NHS shake-up bosses Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “The failure of any of the STP lead officers to reply to the legitimate concerns being asked on behalf of speech and language therapists is a collective snub dished out to this hardworking and dedicated profession." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/speech-and-language-therapists-get-collective-snub-from-nhs-bosses/default.aspx tcm:11-30492 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:42:36 -0000 Unite anger as RBS ‘turns its back on communities’ “Banks have a duty to the wider community and that is especially the case for banks like RBS that have large taxpayer-owned shareholdings." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-anger-as-rbs-turns-its-back-on-communities/default.aspx tcm:11-30488 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:30:10 -0000 Mini workers in further protests as pension deadlock continues Commenting Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “BMW Group’s continued refusal to discuss options for keeping the pension scheme open raises questions about how serious the carmaker is about resolving this dispute." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mini-workers-in-further-pensions-protests/default.aspx tcm:11-30486 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:38:00 -0000 Record car production figures renew Unite’s call for access to the European single market and customs union Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “These astonishingly good figures clearly demonstrate that the automotive industry is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of British manufacturing which the prime minister needs to vigorously fight for in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/record-car-production-figures-renew-unites-call-for-access-to-the-european-single-market-and-customs-union/default.aspx tcm:11-30478 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:56:55 -0000 Unite chief to visit Luton’s Vauxhall plant for sale update Praising the skills of Vauxhall workers as world class, Mr McCluskey will say that he is confident that together they can convince PSA that the plant is an asset with a long-term future beyond the current production run of the Vivaro van. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-to-visit-lutons-vauxhall-plant-for-sale-update/default.aspx tcm:11-30476 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:24:36 -0000 Government urged to secure ‘open skies’ agreement early in Brexit negotiations “The UK government must secure these current freedoms for UK airlines as a matter of urgency in upcoming Brexit negotiations to ease job fears and stabilise confidence in the industry." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-urged-to-secure-open-skies-agreement-early-in-brexit-negotiations/default.aspx tcm:11-30473 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:57:08 -0000 AWE workers to strike tomorrow as pensions’ dispute ramps up Unite, which represents about 600 workers, is due to meet AWE management next week to discuss the progress of the ongoing pension talks http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-tomorrow-as-pensions-dispute-ramps-up/default.aspx tcm:11-30468 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:55:19 -0000 Supermarket security staff could be guarding Britain’s nuclear deterrent, warns Unite Unite is concerned that the privatisation of the Ministry of Defence Guard Service will lead to a drop in standards and training with adverse repercussions for the security of such sites as the nuclear bases at Faslane and Coulport http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/supermarket-security-staff-could-be-guarding-nuclear-deterrent/default.aspx tcm:11-30466 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:23:37 -0000 Fanfare for new electric London taxi plant launched tomorrow Unite said that what had happened over the last four years was ‘one of the great comeback stories in UK manufacturing history’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fanfare-for-new-electric-london-taxi-plant-launched-tomorrow/default.aspx tcm:11-30457 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:26:21 -0000 BMW urged to break pension impasse ahead of further talks Accusing the carmaker of ‘going through the motions’ and trying to ‘buy car workers off’ with a derisory £7,000 payment to give up their final salary pension, the union warned BMW it needed to start listening to workers’ concerns over the closure of the pension scheme. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-urged-to-break-pension-impasse-ahead-of-further-talks/default.aspx tcm:11-30455 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:17:52 -0000 Unite chief calls for government to guarantee UK steel in major infrastructure McCluskey calls on ministers to enact a policy of if ‘it’s built for Britain, it should be made by Britain’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-chief-calls-for-government-to-guarantee-uk-steel-in-major-infrastructure/default.aspx tcm:11-30452 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:25:46 -0000 Unite conference to secure the future of the UK automotive industry The country’s biggest union, Unite, is building an alliance between the workforce and the industry to secure a future for the UK automotive sector. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-conference-to-secure-the-future-of-the-uk-automotive-industry/default.aspx tcm:11-30450 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:20:35 -0000 ‘Gravy train’ for management consultants involved in NHS shake-up plans condemned by Unite Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “These findings reveal a management consultancy gravy train that is completely out of control, when frontline services, such as A&E departments, are stretched to breaking point." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gravy-train-for-management-consultants-involved-in-nhs-shake-up-plans-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30427 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:01:00 -0000 Construction must radically reform to reduce high suicide rates Unite, the largest union for construction workers, is calling on the industry to take radical action to reduce the high number of suicides among its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-must-radically-reform-to-reduce-high-suicide-rate/default.aspx tcm:11-30444 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:55:50 -0000 Unite statement on Tom Watson MP’s claims on Momentum and Unite “As Unite has made it clear it is exclusively for our executive council to determine which organisations we affiliate to. There are no plans for Unite to affiliate to Momentum. For the record, Len McCluskey has never met Jon Lansman to discuss this or any other matter." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-tom-watson-mps-claims-on-momentum-and-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30423 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:28:20 -0000 McCluskey calls for government inquiry into Forties pipeline sale “We need an immediate, full inquiry to ensure that the correct checks and balances are securely in place." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-calls-for-government-inquiry-into-forties-pipeline-sale/default.aspx tcm:11-30418 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:14:42 -0000 Campaign to save Bromley’s libraries from privatisation ramps up with week-long strike by library staff The call to rollback the tide of local government privatisation has come from Unite which is battling to keep Bromley’s libraries, serving a 300,000-strong population, being run by the council http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaign-to-save-bromley-libraries-from-privatisation-ramps-up-with-week-long-strike-by-library-staff/default.aspx tcm:11-30400 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Striking Fujitsu workers announce more action in jobs battle “Fujitsu needs to start seriously engaging with Unite over these plans which could damage customer service and the firm’s reputation in the UK.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/striking-fujitsu-workers-announce-more-action/default.aspx tcm:11-30413 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:03:52 -0000 Bank of England governor’s birthday marred as pay dispute escalates The union said that its members were having a paltry annual pay award imposed, while the bank’s deputy governor Charlotte Hogg, who resigned for failing to disclose that her brother holds a senior position in Barclays, reportedly pocketed £350,000-a-year http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-press-release--immediate-release-thursday-16-march-2017---bank-of-england-governors-birthday-marred-as-pay-dispute-escalates/default.aspx tcm:11-30381 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:15:29 -0000 Ministers urged to secure tariff free access as Toyota confirms investment plans Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "The confirmation of this platform upgrade at Toyota is further evidence that the UK car industry and the people who work in it are among the best in the world at what they do." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/ministers-urged-to-secure-tariff-free-access-as-toyota-confirms-investment-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-30376 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:44:24 -0000 High cost of National Citizen Service condemned by Unite David Cameron’s National Citizen Service (NCS) was always an ill-conceived ‘vanity project’, now that it’s been shown to be a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money, it needs a radical re-think. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/high-cost-of-national-citizen-service-condemned-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30366 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:05:19 -0000 McCluskey: Government’s Brexit confusion threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs Unite is campaigning for access to the single market and the retention of a barrier-free customs union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-governments-brexit-confusion-threatens-hundreds-of-thousands-of-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-30362 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:10:24 -0000 Unite reaction to RICS survey on construction workforce post-Brexit Unite comment on the RICS survey that warns the UK consturction industry could lose 8% of its workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-reaction-to-rics-survey-on-construction-workforce-post-brexit/default.aspx tcm:11-30360 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:15:29 -0000 Unite calls for government action to curb insecure employment after record rise in zero hours contracts Pointing to separate TUC estimates showing that over 3 million people are now in insecure employment, the leader of the country’s largest union called on the government to tackle exploitative zero hours contracts and strengthen rights to tackle bogus self-employment. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-government-action-to-curb-insecure-employment-after-record-rise-in-zero-hours-contracts/default.aspx tcm:11-30358 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:55:17 -0000 Workers at Tunnock’s secure inflation busting increase as union launches guide on how to boost pay Unite have launched a blueprint for boosting workers’ pay amid rising inflation and slow pay growth in 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-tunnocks-secure-inflation-busting-increase-as-union-launches-guide-on-how-to-boost-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-30364 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:33:44 -0000 BMW workers in ‘pension robbery’ protests “The UK workforce has contributed massively to BMW Group’s record sales and revenues and deserves better than BMW’s broken pension promises and pleas of poverty." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-workers-in-pension-robbery-protests/default.aspx tcm:11-30350 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:16:54 -0000 Unite statement on the deportation from Israel of Palestine Solidarity Campaign chair Len McCluskey: “If Israel believes that by introducing these heavy handed laws it will intimidate its critics into silence it is mistaken. Unite and the wider trade union movement will not stop highlighting the systematic violation of Palestinian human rights." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-the-deportation-from-israel-of-palestine-solidarity-campaign-chair/default.aspx tcm:11-30340 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:17:56 -0000 ‘No controlling mind’ over community nurse workforce planning, as health visitors transferred to councils Unite lead professional officer Obi Amadi said: “The lack of an overall ‘controlling mind’ about the number of health visitors and school nurses working for local government will hamper workforce planning and lead to a fragmentation of services for families with babies and young children.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/no-controlling-mind-over-community-nurse-workforce-planning-as-health-visitors-transferred-to-councils/default.aspx tcm:11-30334 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:07:06 -0000 BMW accused of ‘pensions’ betrayal’ after posting record results Ballot papers are expected to start arriving through the letterboxes of approximately 4,500 BMW workers in a dispute over plans to close their final salary pension scheme by 31 May 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bmw-accused-of-pensions-betrayal/default.aspx tcm:11-30320 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:26:26 -0000 Healthcare Science Week masks a ‘stressed and demoralised’ workforce, says Unite There are 60,000 healthcare scientists and support staff in the UK and a survey by Unite of healthcare science members paints a picture of a dedicated workforce bending to breaking point under the weight of the NHS financial crisis http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/healthcare-science-week-masks-a-stressed-and-demoralised-workforce-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30307 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:22:26 -0000 Unite welcomes Welsh government’s clampdown on immoral employment practices Unite, the largest union in Wales, has strongly welcomed today’s (Thursday 9 March) announcement by the Welsh government that will eliminate illegal and unethical employment practices on all public sector contracts including in the supply chain. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-welsh-governments-clampdown-on-immoral-employment-practices/default.aspx tcm:11-30305 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:56:03 -0000 Sport Direct’s worker representative plans risk being little more than a ‘PR exercise’, warns Unite The union which has been at the forefront of a campaign against ‘Victorian’ work practices at Sport Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse warned the move risked being nothing more than a ‘PR exercise’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sport-directs-worker-representative-plans-risk-being-little-more-than-a-pr-exercise-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30300 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:21:19 -0000 Unite to mount strong campaign to save jobs at Suffolk book printer Unite regional officer Mark Walker said: "We want to mitigate the impact of any job losses and we will be mounting the strongest possible defence of our members’ jobs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/clays-book-printer-job-losses/default.aspx tcm:11-30296 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 09:53:06 -0000 Union launches blueprint on how to boost pay for workers across the South West Unite have launched a blueprint for boosting workers’ pay amid rising inflation and slow pay growth in 2017. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-launches-blueprint-on-how-to-boost-pay-for-workers-across-the-south-west/default.aspx tcm:11-30302 Thu, 9 Mar 2017 07:15:29 -0000 Budget devoid of a plan to meet the challenges of Brexit, says Unite “We called upon the chancellor to show that he has listened to the concerns of working people, to prove that he is determined to create an economy based on decent, secure, well paid work. He failed.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/budget-devoid-of-a-plan-to-meet-the-challenges-of-brexit-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-30284 Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:31:00 -0000 Unite anger as Barclays announces over 180 job losses with closure of mortgage centre Unite has today condemned Barclays Bank for the announcement of the closure of their mortgage centre in Llanishen, Cardiff with the loss of over 180 jobs. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-anger-as-barclays-announces-over-180-job-losses-with-closure-of-mortgage-centre/default.aspx tcm:11-30281 Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:46:49 -0000 AWE workers to strike for eight days as pensions’ dispute ramps up The workers, who are pivotal to delivering the Trident nuclear programme, will strike for 24 hours at AWE’s two sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire on 23 and 27 March; 6, 10, 20 and 24 April; and 4 and 8 May http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/awe-workers-to-strike-for-eight-days-as-pensions-dispute-ramps-up/default.aspx tcm:11-30279 Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:38:39 -0000 Justice secretary urged to investigate contracts for interpreting firms Unite is concerned that there is ‘a race to the bottom’ in an outsourcing contract culture that is adversely affecting those who require interpreting services when using the NHS or appearing in court http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/justice-secretary-urged-to-investigate-contracts-for-interpreting-firms/default.aspx tcm:11-30268 Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:34:24 -0000 Unite to prepare legal action against Bromley councillors and council for ‘shocking’ failings Unite has instructed its lawyers to investigate and look into legal actions against Bromley council and individual Bromley councillors for failings in their statutory duties to protect the people of Bromley. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-prepare-legal-action-against-bromley-councillors-and-council-for-shocking-failings/default.aspx tcm:11-30272 Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:48:39 -0000 Incredible support for striking Oxford bus workers as Unite warns dispute could go nationwide Today’s action is the second 24-hour strike by the workers who are angered by the company’s intransigent stance on the issue of pay and by the hostility to their union displayed by the local management. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/incredible-support-for-striking-oxford-bus-workers-as-unite-warns-dispute-could-go-nationwide/default.aspx tcm:11-30256 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 15:25:34 -0000 Councils are ‘the forgotten cousins’ of public expenditure, as social care funding crisis gathers pace Unite said that social care needed additional new money from the chancellor and not ‘a futile robbing Peter to pay Paul’ financial sleight of hand http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/councils-are-the-forgotten-cousins-of-public-expenditure/default.aspx tcm:11-30254 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:25:45 -0000 Unite on sale of Vauxhall to the PSA Group: Now we need to secure a future for our plants “We need every assistance from the government to give this sector a fighting chance." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-on-sale-of-vauxhall-to-the-psa-group--now-we-need-to-secure-a-future-for-our-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-30248 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:25:25 -0000 Unite concerned with huge rise in ‘dead-end’ construction courses A freedom of information request made by Unite has uncovered that thousand of young people are being placed on 'dead-end' construction courses. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-concern-over-huge-rise-in-dead-end-construction-courses/default.aspx tcm:11-30246 Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:19:29 -0000 Unite comment on Vauxhall sale: Our priority is to secure a future for UK plants Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Over the weekend, the chief executives of both General Motors and the PSA Group have spoken to me to outline their plans." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/our-priority-is-to-secure-a-future-for-the-vauxhall-uk-plants/default.aspx tcm:11-30242 Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:09:48 -0000 Unite statement in response to comments made by Gerard Coyne Comment from acting general secretary Gail Cartmail http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-in-response-to-comments-made-by-gerard-coyne/default.aspx tcm:11-30232 Sat, 4 Mar 2017 12:47:23 -0000 Unite urges workers to sound the alarm if jobs under Brexit threat BrexitCheck is Unite’s online resource dedicated to bringing the news, views, facts and analysis on the negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-workers-to-sound-the-alarm-if-jobs-under-brexit-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-30225 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 20:00:15 -0000 Unite seeks no compulsory redundancies as Sainsbury’s puts 4,000 job at risk Unite represents more than 12,000 members working for Sainsbury’s and will now enter a 45 day consultation period over the plans which affects stores across the UK. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-seeks-no-compulsory-redundancies-as-sainsburys-puts-4000-job-at-risk/default.aspx tcm:11-30230 Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:47:43 -0000