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 Cleaners announce strike action at Manchester Airport over low pay "It’s time for Mitie to become a living wage employer.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cleaners-announce-strike-action-at-manchester-airport-over-low-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32638 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:25:57 -0000 3M mask manufacturer in Newton Aycliffe is early contender for Scrooge boss of the year Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused 3M of being a Scrooge employer after the company’s management decided that workers will have to work between Christmas and New Year for the first time in decades. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/3m-mask-manufacturer-in-newton-aycliffe-is-early-contender-for-scrooge-boss-of-the-year/default.aspx tcm:11-32631 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:48:43 -0000 Unite demands bus drivers are protected and treated with dignity after firework attack Unite, the UK’s largest union, has renewed its calls for better protection of bus drivers after Youtube footage emerged of a driver being attacked with a firework. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-demand-bus-drivers-are-protected-and-treated-with-dignity-after-firework-attack/default.aspx tcm:11-32622 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:51:47 -0000 Wake up call for Heathrow bosses as airport workers back industrial action Unite is urging Heathrow bosses to recognise the sizeable discontent that remains among security staff, engineers and firefighters at the UK’s largest airport over holiday pay and imposed cuts to terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/wake-up-call-for-heathrow-bosses-as-airport-workers-back-industrial-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32618 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:33:06 -0000 Mears Manchester workers overwhelmingly back fresh industrial action in pay dispute Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by Mears in Manchester are set to renew strike action in a longstanding dispute over pay after overwhelmingly voting for fresh strike action, the union announced today (Wednesday 18 October). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mears-manchester-workers-overwhelmingly-back-fresh-industrial-action-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32616 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:40:52 -0000 Unite warns of ‘toxic mix’ facing workers as wage squeeze continues A ‘toxic mix’ of falling wages, a freeze to in-work benefits, along with cuts to Universal Credit and its botched introduction will hammer the incomes of workers this winter. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-of-toxic-mix-facing-workers-as-wage-squeeze-continues/default.aspx tcm:11-32613 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:15:29 -0000 Unite praises Bombardier workforce for landing bumper train contract “This hard work cannot be put at risk by continuing government uncertainty surrounding Brexit which is currently leading to businesses putting off investment decisions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-praises-bombardier-workforce-for-landing-bumper-train-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-32610 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:40:10 -0000 Unite warns there can be ‘no room for complacency’ over Bombardier Airbus deal Government must step up pressure on Boeing to ensure the withdrawal of ‘crushing’ tariffs on Bombardier’s C-series passenger jet. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-there-can-be-no-room-for-complacency-over-bombardier-airbus-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-32608 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:55:12 -0000 Unite activists from Rolls Royce and Toyota lobby MPs on Brexit concerns Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, are lobbying MPs today (October 17) for a ‘jobs first Brexit’ and certainty so that long-term investment decisions can be made. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-activists-from-rolls-royce-and-toyota-lobby-mps-on-brexit-concerns/default.aspx tcm:11-32605 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:18:06 -0000 Government accused of empty promises as shock figures show fall in health visitors Unite accused the government of making empty promises over increasing the number of health visitors after shock figures released by the Labour party today showed a major fall in health visiting posts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-accused-of-empty-promises-as-shock-figures-show-fall-in-health-visitors/default.aspx tcm:11-32600 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:58:22 -0000 Strike vote warning at Kingsmill bread over below inflation pay workers who supply Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco across the west and east midlands, as well as the north west, have grown increasingly frustrated with the firm since pay talks started in May earlier this year." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strike-vote-warning-at-kingsmill-bread-over-below-inflation-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32592 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:09:50 -0000 Capita talks break down and staff to strike over pensions Dominic Hook said: “It is deeply disappointing that Capita staff are being forced into industrial action because of their employer's disgraceful plans to slash the deferred pay that staff will get in retirement." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/capita-talks-break-down-and-staff-to-strike-over-pensions/default.aspx tcm:11-32590 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:26:21 -0000 Widespread disruption at Gatwick expected as ‘bucks not burgers’ workers vote for strike action Widespread disruption is expected at Gatwick airport later this month after over 200 workers employed on the Norwegian airline baggage handling contract voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/widespread-disruption-at-gatwick-expected-as-bucks-not-burgers-workers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32587 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:34:08 -0000 Unite calls for Vauxhall investment guarantees following job loss blow Britain’s largest union, Unite called for guarantees over future investment into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant today (Monday 16 October) following the carmaker’s announcement that it was planning to make 400 people redundant. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-vauxhall-investment-guarantee-following-job-loss-blow/default.aspx tcm:11-32581 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:07:44 -0000 Arriva North West bus workers to strike over ‘pitiful’ pay “Arriva is owned by the German transport giant Deutsche Bahn AG and has huge financial resources. All we are seeking is a fair and reasonable pay award against a backdrop of spiralling inflation and soaring living costs." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/arriva-north-west-bus-workers-to-strike-over-pitiful-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-32576 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:11:31 -0000 Bloomberg security guards in ‘wage theft’ protest Unite, Britain’s biggest union, will be staging a protest outside Bloomberg’s London office on Monday (16 October) calling on the media giant to take action against Seal Security over the theft of wages and its appallingly poor treatment of security staff. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bloomberg-security-guards-in-wage-theft-protest/default.aspx tcm:11-32573 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:39:36 -0000 Unite backs MPs’ call for Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to be stripped of Big Ben contract “We urge other MPs to back this call for the House of Commons and Lords Commissions to strip Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd of the contract." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-backs-mps-call-for-sir-robert-mcalpine-ltd-to-be-stripped-of-big-ben-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-32571 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:19:09 -0000 Northern Ireland Bombardier workers to urge MPs to defend UK manufacturing jobs Steve Turner said: “The British government has a duty to defend UK manufacturing jobs against the bullying behaviour of Boeing." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/northern-ireland-bombardier-workers-to-urge-mps-to-defend-uk-manufacturing-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-32552 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:19:15 -0000 Unite vows to fight ‘devastatingly short sighted' BAE job losses Unite warned that the move would harm UK manufacturing and deprive communities across the UK of decent well paid jobs into the future. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-vows-to-fight-devastatingly-short-sighted-bae-job-losses/default.aspx tcm:11-32549 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:16:01 -0000 UK government must commit to new fighter jets to secure defence capability and jobs The call from Britain’s biggest defence union, comes amid reports that BAE Systems is planning to cut over 1,000 jobs because of a slowdown in the production of the Typhoon fighter jet. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/uk-government-must-commit-to-new-fighter-jets-to-secure-defence-capability-and-jobs/default.aspx tcm:11-32540 Mon, 9 Oct 2017 16:11:07 -0000 Cornwall’s NHS needs £100 million boost, after critical report on trust, says Unite Unite regional officer Stuart Roden said: “The case for a massive financial injection for the NHS in Cornwall is unanswerable - Cornwall has six Tory MPs and they should stop sitting on their hands and be banging on the door of Jeremy Hunt asking for a large financial boost for the county." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cornwalls-nhs-needs-100-million-boost-after-critical-report-on-trust-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32526 Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:34:46 -0000 ‘Massive blow’ to Lincolnshire’s economy as hundreds face jobs threat at Stamford engineering company, says Unite Unite regional officer Scott Lennon said: “Today’s announcement is a massive blow to the Lincolnshire economy and is terrible news for the workers, whose jobs are under threat, and their families." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/massive-blow-to-lincolnshires-economy-as-hundreds-face-jobs-threat-at-stamford-engineering-company-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32512 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:50:32 -0000 Unite Sellafield workers to take industrial action in pay dispute Unite has more than 1,100 members, such as key electrical staff, who will strike; ratcheting up pressure on the management as the GMB union has already started to take industrial action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sellafield-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32509 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 12:30:41 -0000 Fujitsu workers fight gagging of reps IT giant Fujitsu may face more industrial action as members of Unite prepare to hold a ballot for further industrial action in their long-running dispute http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fujitsu-fight-over-gagging-of-reps/default.aspx tcm:11-32507 Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:41:17 -0000 Prime minister’s speech confirms a party in a parallel universe "May apologised to the Tories for her electoral failure but it is to the people of this country – exhausted by austerity and tired of Tory failure – to whom she should really be saying sorry." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prime-ministers-speech-confirms-a-party-in-a-parallel-universe/default.aspx tcm:11-32499 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:23:42 -0000 Unite launches legal action on behalf of former Monarch workers “We would urge former Monarch workers to lodge their details with Unite to help ensure they get the financial compensation they are legally entitled to.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-legal-action-on-behalf-of-former-monarch-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32495 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:17:57 -0000 Navy faces ‘choppy waters’ as tug boat crew to vote on strike action in pay dispute Unite national officer Bobby Morton said: “If our members vote for strike action it will create choppy waters industrially and be highly disruptive as naval vessels need the tugs to help navigate them to open water." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/navy-faces-choppy-waters/default.aspx tcm:11-32489 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:54:12 -0000 Union recognition pays off for Macclesfield workers Phil Allman, Unite regional officer, said: “The influence of Unite the union on the Macclesfield factory meant workers secured a good pay deal and got more holiday pay. Union recognition is a big boost for the workforce." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/union-recognition-pays-off-for-macclesfield-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-32493 Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:16:21 -0000 Gallaher’s UK workers furious at final pension scheme closure, says Unite The union said that there was still a 700-strong workforce in the UK of which 177 were in the final pension scheme due to close on 31 December 2017 http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gallahers-uk-workers-furious-at-final-pension-scheme-closure-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32479 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:15:29 -0000 Unite pays tribute to Rodney Bickerstaffe, a ‘true great’ of our movement Unite paid tribute to one of the trade union movement’s ‘greats’ today after learning of the death of Rodney Bickerstaffe. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-pays-tribute-to-rodney-bickerstaffe-a-true-great-of-our-movement/default.aspx tcm:11-32476 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:51:15 -0000 Concern for the future of Colman’s Mustard as Britvic closes its Norwich site Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “The whole of Norfolk needs to come together to fight for the future of Colman’s Mustard that is so identified with Norwich - it is in the DNA of the city.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/concern-for-the-future-of-colmans-mustard-as-britvic-closes-its-norwich-site/default.aspx tcm:11-32474 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:05:17 -0000 Unite to ballot for fresh strike action at Manchester Mears Unite regional co-ordinating officer Any Fisher said: “Unite has given Mears every opportunity to resolve this dispute and Mears has entirely failed to do so, so Unite has no option, but to ask our members to once again take strike action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-to-ballot-for-fresh-strike-action-at-manchester-mears/default.aspx tcm:11-32468 Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:34:05 -0000 Prime minister more absorbed in managing Tory squabbling than sorting out Bombardier, warns Unite Unite accused prime minister Theresa May of acting ‘discourteously’ and being more absorbed in trying to manage her squabbling Tory party than finding a ‘fair and urgent solution’ to the crisis facing Bombardier and over 4,200 of its Belfast employees. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prime-minister-more-absorbed-in-managing-tory-squabbling-than-sorting-out-bombardier-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32466 Mon, 2 Oct 2017 16:07:46 -0000 Government accused of ‘sitting on its hands’ over Monarch’s future The government’s Brexit uncertainty and failure to intervene contributed to Monarch going into administration. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-accused-of-sitting-on-its-hands-over-monarchs-future/default.aspx tcm:11-32459 Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:55:45 -0000 Bromley council faces employment tribunal over allegations of victimisation of Unite rep The hearing at the Ashford employment tribunal, starting on Monday, stems from the council’s behaviour towards Kathy Smith, who firmly opposed the council’s mass privatisation agenda http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bromley-council-faces-employment-tribunal-over-allegations-of-victimisation-of-unite-rep/default.aspx tcm:11-32456 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:57:29 -0000 Members to be balloted for strike action in ‘bucks, not burgers’ Gatwick baggage handling dispute Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “Workers want bucks, not burgers; our members are not going to be palmed off with a few burnt sausages on a barbecue, instead of a pay rise." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/members-to-be-balloted-for-strike-action-in-bucks-not-burgers-gatwick-baggage-handling-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32450 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:40:39 -0000 NHS job losses feared in Lancashire over plans to centralise laboratory services The trusts approved an outline plan earlier this month to centralise many NHS laboratory testing services at a new site to be constructed at Lancaster University, raising concerns about the job security of NHS biomedical scientists based in Preston, Blackpool and Barrow. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/nhs-job-losses-feared-in-lancashire-over-plans-to-centralise-laboratory-services/default.aspx tcm:11-32454 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:53:38 -0000 Government ‘washes its hands’ on blacklisting as Unite intervenes to resolve new case Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Once again the government is washing its hands on blacklisting at a time when Unite is uncovering new cases; so what you get with this government is warm words but no action." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-and-blacklisting-as-unite-intervenes-to-resolve-new-case/default.aspx tcm:11-32446 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:31:41 -0000 Prime minister must act urgently to secure Bombardier jobs, says Unite “Prime minister Theresa May has talked tough on Boeing, but now needs to personally intervene with the company and use this relationship to make sure fair trade prevails." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prime-minister-must-act-urgently-to-secure-bombardier-jobs-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32437 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:34:52 -0000 100 per cent vote for strike action at Manchester Airport Low paid cleaners at Manchester Airport employed by Mitie Cleaning and Environmental services have voted solidly in favour of strike action in their campaign for fair pay following a two year pay freeze. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/100-per-cent-vote-for-strike-action-at-manchester-airport/default.aspx tcm:11-32434 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:54:59 -0000 Unite Wales reaction to Ford Bridgend JLR announcement Responding to today’s confirmation by Ford that Bridgend will cease to produce engines for Jaguar Land Rover earlier than expected Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said: "Unite is not surprised by today’s announcement by Ford. We have long predicted that the JLR work at Bridgend may finish earlier than expected and today’s announcement confirms that. The grim future for Ford Bridgend has again today been brought into clear focus." http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/wales/walesenglish/newsevents/unitewalesinthenews/unite-wales-reaction-to-ford-bridgend-jlr-announcement/default.aspx tcm:11-32432 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:29 -0000 Strong public support for NHS staff pay rise, says survey A large majority (84%) of the public supported scrapping the NHS pay cap, according to a survey of over 2,000 people by ComRes http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/strong-public-support-for-nhs-staff-pay-rise-says-survey/default.aspx tcm:11-32430 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:06:58 -0000 Corbyn's Labour will transform our nation for the better Len McCluskey: "Corbyn's Labour can and will transform our country to make it work for the many not the few. Our party leaves this conference confident, united, invigorated and determined to build a better Britain." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/corbyns-labour-will-transform-our-nation-for-the-better/default.aspx tcm:11-32412 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:07:59 -0000 Unite committed to reducing job losses at Marshall Group in Cambridge Unite, the UK’s largest union, has confirmed that it is committed to reducing as many job losses as possible at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-committed-to-reducing-job-losses-at-marshall-group-in-cambridge/default.aspx tcm:11-32420 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:15:36 -0000 Doncaster braced for Christmas bin strikes as Unite ballots for strike action “If Suez and Doncaster council want to avoid this dispute from taking place then they must remove the threat of compulsory redundancies.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/doncaster-braced-for-christmas-bin-strikes-as-unite-ballots-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-32406 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:26:37 -0000 Unite anger at Lloyds Banking Group outsourcing decision Unite is calling on Lloyds to reconsider this shameful deal and do the right thing by its staff who have worked hard to ensure the business is the success it is today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-anger-at-lloyds-banking-group-outsourcing-decision/default.aspx tcm:11-32396 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:22:40 -0000 Poultry firms’ merger given cautious welcome by Unite Unite’s lead national officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “It is early days for this joint venture, but we think that this agreement may be a positive development for both businesses." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/poultry-firms-merger-given-cautious-welcome-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-32394 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:26 -0000 Unite warns Bombardier workers “are holding their breath” in Boeing corporate bullying dispute Tony Burke said: “We call upon the British and Canadian governments to meet with Boeing to resolve this crisis.“ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-bombardier-workers-are-holding-their-breath-in-boeing-corporate-bullying-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-32408 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:54:30 -0000 Unite calls on Department of Transport to review mobile crane safety regulations Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has written to Chris Grayling the Secretary of State for Transport urging that he takes action to ensure the safety of mobile cranes when they are driven on roads. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-on-department-of-transport-to-review-mobile-crane-safety-regulations/default.aspx tcm:11-32389 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:04:02 -0000 McCluskey to Labour conference: Let’s keep the Corbyn flag flying here Addressing the Labour conference in Brighton on Labour’s economic policy, Unite's Len McCluskey said that Labour has proved that political parties are not all the same. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/mccluskey-to-labour-conference--lets-keep-the-corbyn-flag-flying-here/default.aspx tcm:11-32386 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:18:58 -0000