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 Weymouth bus strikes set to enter third week in ‘poverty pay’ dispute A third week of strikes by Weymouth bus drivers are set for next week, as the bosses remain ‘stuck in a groove’ and are not moving in the ‘poor relations’ pay dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-strikes-set-to-enter-third-week-in-poverty-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27262 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:33:26 -0000 Faulty meters on cards as E.ON workers stage second four-day strike in ‘work/life’ balance row Nearly 400 meter fixers across England and Wales, in conjunction with the GMB and Unison, are taking strike action against proposals by E.ON bosses that they work half-an-hour extra three nights-a-week as part of a two per cent proposed pay deal for 2015. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/faulty-meters-on-cards-as-eon-workers-stage-second-four-day-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-27242 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:10:08 -0000 Unite calls for action against hatred and division in the wake of EU referendum vote "The flames of xenophobia and racism fanned by some during the EU referendum campaign must not be allowed to sow division in our communities." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-action-against-hatred-and-division-in-the-wake-of-eu-referendum-vote/default.aspx tcm:11-27235 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:51:29 -0000 Joint statement from Unite and Meliá Hotels International Following discussions between Meliá Hotels International and Unite, it has been agreed that waiter, Robert Czegely will be reinstated to his position at ME London hotel. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/joint-statement-from-unite-and-meli-hotels-international/default.aspx tcm:11-27233 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:35:18 -0000 Southampton airport workers hold strike action ballot on adverse pension changes Summer holiday flights from Southampton airport would be disrupted, if firefighters take strike action over adverse pensions’ changes proposed by the airports’ owner, AGS http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/southampton-airport-workers-hold-strike-action-ballot-on-adverse-pension-changes/default.aspx tcm:11-27230 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:06:33 -0000 Isle of Man parliament ‘too far skewed to business interests’, says Unite Unite’s regional officer Eric Holmes will tell the Positive Action Group (PAG) think-tank tonight that workers can’t afford to resign their public sector job to campaign to be elected to sit in the 24-seat House of Keys, the lower branch of Tynwald http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/isle-of-man-parliament-too-far-skewed-to-business-interests/default.aspx tcm:11-27228 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:26:58 -0000 The European Referendum vote - A message to Unite members from your general secretary "We will do everything in our power to safeguard your rights, your jobs and your living standards." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/the-european-referendum-vote---a-message-to-unite-members-from-your-general-secretary/default.aspx tcm:11-27224 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:15:25 -0000 Unite the union statement on European Union referendum vote Statement from Len McCluskey in response to the vote by the people of the UK to vote to leave the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-the-union-statement-on-european-union-referendum-vote/default.aspx tcm:11-27219 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:02:26 -0000 Unions secure improved two-year CIJC pay deal Unite national officer for construction John Allott said: “While we welcome this improved pay deal, it must act as a firm foundation for moving the agreement forward." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-secure-improved-two-year-cijc-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-27213 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:55:58 -0000 Scottish airport workers hold strike action ballot on adverse pension changes Unite said it would ballot about 480 workers at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports for strike action, after 98 per cent of workers rejected proposed changes to the pensions’ schemes operated by the airports’ owner, AGS. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scottish-airport-workers-hold-strike-action-ballot-on-adverse-pension-changes/default.aspx tcm:11-27207 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:56:09 -0000 Unite: Tata must stick to its commitments to workers and UK “Tata now needs to come clean about its plans for the remainder of its UK businesses. The company has made promises to this workforce and to the UK people and must not renege on these.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tata-must-stick-to-its-commitments-to-workers-and-uk/default.aspx tcm:11-27205 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:27:39 -0000 Bosses’ ‘broken promises’ as Weymouth drivers’ ramp up dispute with four more days of strike action Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “We are faced with an intolerable situation where twice in the last ten days the management have said that they would come to the table with an improved offer – and on both occasions they have not budged." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bosses-broken-promises-as-weymouth-drivers-ramp-up-dispute-with-4-more-days-of-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-27200 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:29:11 -0000 Len McCluskey: vote remain and for British workers to build their future in unity in Europe Full text of the speech Len McCLuskey was due to deliver today regarding Thursday's EU referendum. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/len-mccluskey-vote-remain-and-for-british-workers-to-build-their-future-in-unity-europe/default.aspx tcm:11-27195 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:52:33 -0000 Unite welcomes auto makers call to vote remain to support UK manufacturing Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey responding to the calls by leading car manufacturers for UK workers to vote to remain in the European Union when they go to the polls. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-auto-makers-call-to-vote-remain-to-support-uk-manufacturing/default.aspx tcm:11-27191 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:53:42 -0000 EVENT CANCELLATION The planned speech by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey set to be delivered on Monday has been cancelled. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/event-cancellation/default.aspx tcm:11-27177 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:52:54 -0000 Unite celebrates International Domestic Workers’ Day with renewed call to end tied visas for domestic workers Protest: Campaigners from Unite, Justice for Domestic Workers and One Billion Rising UK will gather at Old Palace Yard, Westminster on Sunday 19 June to celebrate International Domestic Workers Day with a renewed call on the government to end tied visas for domestic workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-celebrates-international-domestic-workers-day-with-renewed-call-to-end-tied-visas-for-domestic-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27175 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:27:17 -0000 Second Leeds bus strike on Monday, as bosses take hard line in pay dispute A thousand bus workers at the Bramley and Hunslet Park depots in Leeds will strike from 02.01 on Monday - for the second successive Monday – in a dispute over a ‘pitiful’ pay offer http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/second-leeds-bus-strike-on-monday-as-bosses-take-hard-line-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27173 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:18:03 -0000 ‘Shedding staff’ could be hidden agenda in Somerset council parking charge row, says Unite Unite points out that the authority has conceded that some of the 800 staff affected could resign if the charges are introduced; there would be only permits available for 267 staff out of the 800 at any one time http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/shedding-staff-could-be-hidden-agenda-in-somerset-council-parking-charge-row-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27169 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:59:18 -0000 Unite pays tribute to Jo Cox MP Len McCluskey, has offered Unite’s most sincere condolences to the family of Jo Cox, the MP who tragically lost her life in her constituency today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-pays-tribute-to-jo-cox-mp/default.aspx tcm:11-27166 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:34:30 -0000 Children’s literacy under threat as Greenwich council plans to close mobile library service Children’s literacy – the gateway to future employment – could be under threat if Greenwich council ploughs ahead with plans to close the mobile library service, which delivers 33,000 books a year to children http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/childrens-literacy-under-threat-as-greenwich-council-plans-to-close-mobile-library-service/default.aspx tcm:11-27157 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:47:21 -0000 Newspaper delivery threat as Menzies staff prepare for strike action Unite warned that commuters won’t receive their favourite read at stations, particularly in the south east and Scotland, when 300 packers, pickers and drivers go on strike http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newspaper-delivery-under-threat-as-menzies-staff-prepare-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-27147 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:41:48 -0000 EVENT CANCELLED: Unite general secretary to make a keynote speech on the EU referendum On Monday June 20, Len McCluskey will set out the progressive case for European Union membership – notably the jobs and social protections that it supports http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-general-secretary-to-make-a-keynote-speech-on-the-eu-referendum/default.aspx tcm:11-27152 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:17:51 -0000 Manufacturing jobs need UK in the EU says Unite as top companies get behind Remain Unite welcomed the interventions today by some of the UK's blue chip business as they seek to rally support for the UK to remain in the European Union. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/manufacturing-jobs-need-uk-in-the-eu-says-unite-as-top-companies-get-behind-remain/default.aspx tcm:11-27138 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:09:36 -0000 Weymouth’s ‘poor relation’ bus drivers to stage week long strike Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “What we have here is a situation where the drivers in Weymouth and Bridport are the poor relations, when compared with the pay of other drivers working for First Group." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouths-poor-relation-bus-drivers-to-stage-week-long-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-27135 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:20:49 -0000 Scotland’s biggest union condemns £1.5 billion government bonanza for blacklisters Unite presents evidence to United Nations on government attacks on workers’ rights http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scotlands-biggest-union-condemns-15-billion-government-bonanza-for-blacklisters/default.aspx tcm:11-27133 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:55:58 -0000 Unite statement on Orlando massacre Unite expresses its horror and revulsion at the massacre carried out at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last week, and condemns this horrific act. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the bereaved, and with the many injured. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-orlando-massacre/default.aspx tcm:11-27143 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:15:29 -0000 NHS can expect ‘no financial mercy’ by leaving the EU, Unite warns Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said the Brexit promises to use the savings in contributions to the EU to provide £5.5 billion a year to the NHS was ‘pie in the sky’ if you looked at the record of the Tories since they came to power in 2010. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-can-expect-no-financial-mercy-by-leaving-the-eu-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-27126 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:30:48 -0000 Blue chip firms to be hit as Capita pension workers stage 24-hour strike Unite national officer for finance Dominic Hook said: “Our members are fed up to the back teeth by enduring poverty pay, while Capita accrues large profits on the back of their hard work." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/blue-chip-firms-to-be-hit-as-capita-pension-workers-stage-24-hour-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-27124 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 11:39:03 -0000 Unions launch ‘pay up for youth work’ campaign with a call to end shocking fall in pay Unions, representing youth and community workers across England and Wales have called for an end to the fall in youth worker pay, after years of real terms pay cuts sees wages shrink by 17 per cent in six years. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unions-launch-pay-up-for-youth-work-campaign-with-a-call-to-end-shocking-fall-in-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-27121 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:00:38 -0000 Royal Mail managers to vote on pay deal Unite officer for Royal Mail managers Brian Scott said: “Unite will be recommending the pay package to our 4,800 manager members who showed exemplary solidarity during this dispute which enabled us to reach this agreement." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/royal-mail-managers-to-vote-on-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-27119 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:41:49 -0000 Sports Direct campaigners join forces with Dick Turpin in ‘daylight robbery’ protest Campaigners will be joined by Dick Turpin and Black Bess to accuse employment agencies running Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse of ‘daylight robbery’ . http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sports-direct-campaigners-join-forces-with-dick-turpin-in-daylight-robbery-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-27090 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:15:36 -0000 Vets face bleak future unless young vet exodus is halted Dr Shams Mir said: “We want to get away from the cuddly image portrayed in the television series All Creatures Great and Small – a dreamlike idyll that definitely does not exist in 2016." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bleak-future-for-vets-unless-young-vet-exodus-is-halted/default.aspx tcm:11-27071 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite presents evidence on the appalling attack on the human rights of UK workers to the United Nations In an historic development for the UK trade union movement Unite will be taking the case for action to protect working people from government practices and abusive employers to the United Nations. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-presents-evidence-on-the-appalling-attack-on-the-human-rights-of-uk-workers-to-the-united-nations/default.aspx tcm:11-27131 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite statement on reports that NHS Professionals may be part-privatised Unite national officer for health, Barrie Brown said: “Any attempt to reward the Tory party’s chums in the City will do nothing to improve patient care." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-reports-that-nhs-professionals-may-be-part-privatised/default.aspx tcm:11-27073 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:11:29 -0000 Leeds bus workers set to strike over ‘pitiful’ pay offer First Bus management must drop its hard line attitude which risks causing disruption for the travelling public and should enter into meaningful negotiations to resolve the dispute. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/leeds-bus-workers-set-to-strike-over-pitiful-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-27066 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:38:44 -0000 Faulty meters won’t be replaced as E.ON workers stage strike in ‘work/life balance' dispute Nearly 400 meter fixers across England and Wales will be striking from 06.00 tomorrow until 23.59 on Monday against proposals by E.ON bosses that they work half-an-hour extra three nights-a-week as part of a two per cent proposed pay deal for 2015. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/faulty-meters-wont-be-replaced-as-eon-workers-stage-strike-in-worklife-balance-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27058 Thu, 9 Jun 2016 12:06:09 -0000 Unite’s fourth policy making conference – Brighton, 11-15 July 2016 Unite has spearheaded the case against economic austerity and social injustice, most notably, recently exposing the Dickensian working practices at Mike Ashley’s fiefdom, Sports Direct http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unites-fourth-policy-making-conference--brighton-11-15-july-2016/default.aspx tcm:11-27056 Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:01:49 -0000 Unite calls on European unions to oppose market economy status for China ‘Zombie’ companies in China are selling goods lower than it costs to produce them are a threat to jobs in the UK and the rest of Europe warned Unite assistant general secretary, Tony Burke, as he called on European trade unions to oppose the granting of market economy status to China. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-european-unions-to-oppose-market-economy-status-for-china/default.aspx tcm:11-27040 Wed, 8 Jun 2016 15:58:38 -0000 Wood Group oil rig workers to be balloted on strike action over 30 per cent pay cut The dispute stems from the Wood Group’s proposal to cut pay up to 22 per cent, but once reductions to other allowances are added, this amounts to a cut of 30 per cent http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/wood-group-oil-rig-workers-to-be-balloted-on-strike-action-over-30-per-cent-pay-cut/default.aspx tcm:11-27004 Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:15:23 -0000 Defence secretary under fire over ‘buy American’ procurement policy Defence secretary Michael Fallon has serious questions to answer about the UK’s secretive procurement policy – the latest controversy being the decision to buy nine maritime patrol aircraft from America http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/defence-secretary-under-fire-over-buy-american-procurement-policy/default.aspx tcm:11-26985 Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:15:00 -0000 Drivers at building supply giant to stage 24-hour strike in overtime pay dispute Unitewarned that industrial action could escalate if management continues to dig in its heels over holding constructive negotiations http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/drivers-at-building-supply-giant-to-stage-24-hour-strike-in-overtime-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-26978 Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:04:53 -0000 Protest tonight as top London hotel faces legal action over unfair sacking of ‘fair tips’ activist A protest in support of waiter, Robert Czegely sacked from his job at the STK restaurant inside the ME London Hotel will be held tonight, (Monday 6 June) from 19:00 outside the STK Restaurant, ME London, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protest-tonight-as-top-london-hotel-faces-legal-action-over-unfair-sacking-of-fair-tips-activist/default.aspx tcm:11-26962 Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:13:50 -0000 Unite to give evidence on ‘shameful’ work practices at Sports Direct Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner and regional officer Luke Primarolo will be ‘lifting the lid’ on ‘Victorian’ work practices at Sports Direct when they give evidence to the influential House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills select committee on Tuesday 7 June. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-give-evidence-on-shameful-work-practices-at-sports-direct/default.aspx tcm:11-26960 Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:02:51 -0000 Unite statement on threat to 450 NHS jobs in Birmingham Unite regional officer Frank Keogh said: “This is yet another depressing example of this government’s underfunding of the NHS and the buck for this dismal state of affairs stops with the health secretary Jeremy Hunt whose stewardship of the NHS 2012 has been little short of disastrous." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-threat-to-450-nhs-jobs-in-birmingham/default.aspx tcm:11-26950 Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:28:21 -0000 Unite condemns offshore safety and aviation chiefs’ stunt as ‘dangerous’ Unite has today condemned the actions of four senior offshore helicopter safety and aviation chiefs as “offensive and dangerous”. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-condemns-offshore-safety-and-aviation-chiefs-stunt-as-dangerous/default.aspx tcm:11-26948 Fri, 3 Jun 2016 14:19:07 -0000 Reassurance sought for DHL drivers facing the fall-out from BHS collapse Unite is seeking assurances about the future employment prospects for 60 drivers and about 300 warehouse workers, employed by the logistics company DHL which supplied the 163 chain stores on a daily basis http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/reassurance-sought-for-dhl-drivers-facing-the-fall-out-from-bhs-collapse/default.aspx tcm:11-26944 Thu, 2 Jun 2016 16:13:55 -0000 Arla Foods faces damages over ‘failure to consult’ on 230 job losses at Essex milk plant If this case goes to an employment tribunal, Unite believes that the total costs and damages for the company are likely to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arla-foods-faces-damages-over-failure-to-consult-on-230-job-losses-at-essex-milk-plant/default.aspx tcm:11-26939 Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:30:33 -0000 Capita workers in overtime ban to defeat ‘poverty pay’ Over 920 life and pensions workers at Capita will be starting an indefinite overtime ban tomorrow after voting by 90 per cent in support of industrial action in a dispute over a below inflation pay deal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/capita-workers-in-overtime-ban-to-defeat-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-26937 Thu, 2 Jun 2016 11:25:05 -0000 Isle of Man airport worker receives justice - two years after his death Unite hailed the employment tribunal decision in favour of Shaun McGee, who died in March 2014 at the age of 51, as a very welcome recognition that his good character has been restored, albeit posthumously. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/worker-receives-justice---two-years-after-his-death/default.aspx tcm:11-26935 Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:59:22 -0000 Argos drivers’ move to Eddie Stobart sparks strike Unite called on Argos to reconsider its decision to transfer the drivers to controversial haulier ESL due to take place on 12 June http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/argos-drivers-move-to-eddie-stobart-sparks-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-26922 Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:08:13 -0000