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 warns over Sainsbury’s Asda merger as competition authority starts probe Unite warned ministers and competition authorities against overlooking the concerns of workers and food producers when weighing up a proposed merger between the supermarket giants Sainsbury’s and Asda. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-over-sainsburys-asda-merger-as-competition-authority-starts-probe/default.aspx tcm:11-34381 Fri, 18 May 2018 12:57:00 -0000 Unite warns Qantas against using ‘anti-union’ tactics to silence health and safety concerns Unite today warned Qantas airlines against employing ‘anti-union’ tactics to try and silence legitimate health and safety concerns following the introduction of its new 17 hour ultra-long haul flight between London Heathrow and Perth in Australia. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-warns-qantas-against-using-anti-union-tactics-to-silence-health-and-safety-concerns/default.aspx tcm:11-34375 Fri, 18 May 2018 10:54:16 -0000 Oxfam needs clear leadership to stabilise charity, while sector must demonstrate transformed culture, warns Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, which represents Oxfam staff is supporting the charity to quickly replace its chief executive Mark Goldring who announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 May) that he is stepping down at the end of the year. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/oxfam-needs-clear-leadership-to-stabilise-charity-while-sector-must-demonstrate-transformed-culture-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34368 Thu, 17 May 2018 14:47:43 -0000 Liverpool car parts manufacturer starts strike ballot in pay dispute Unite members working on contracts by Magna Exteriors (Liverpool) Limited at the Halewood and Ellesmere Port sites have begun balloting for strike action and an overtime ban this week in a dispute over pay and terms and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liverpool-car-parts-manufacturer-starts-strike-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-34357 Thu, 17 May 2018 13:28:41 -0000 Call for ‘pause’ in MoD firefighters privatisation welcomed by Unite Jim Kennedy said: “We welcome the intervention of the select committee in calling for the defence secretary to institute a pause while the full implications of what is envisaged is forensically analysed." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-pause-in-mod-firefighters-privatisation-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34353 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:59:32 -0000 Statement from the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee: In response to the news that Tata Steel have disclosed a surplus for the new BSPS in their financial results: http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/statement-from-the-national-trade-union-steel-coordinating-committee/default.aspx tcm:11-34351 Thu, 17 May 2018 10:20:13 -0000 Scathing report on Capita’s NHS contract underlines privatisation folly, says Unite “How many more reports are needed to reinforce the case that the privatisation of NHS services short changes patients in particular and the taxpayer in general?” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scathing-report-on-capitas-nhs-contract-underlines-privatisation-folly-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34339 Thu, 17 May 2018 08:52:02 -0000 Unite comment on appeal of certification officer’s ruling on Coyne complaint “Mr Coyne is entitled to appeal, but we are confident that the judgement of the assistant certification officer will be upheld by the employment appeal tribunal.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-comment-on-appeal-of-certification-officers-ruling-on-coyne-complaint/default.aspx tcm:11-34345 Wed, 16 May 2018 16:19:25 -0000 East Coast mainline should be back under public ownership – permanently, says Unite “It is clear that the privatisation of the railways – the misguided brainchild of John Major’s Tory government in the 1990s – has hit the buffers. It has reached the end of the line." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/east-coast-mainline-should-be-back-under-public-ownership--permanently-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34343 Wed, 16 May 2018 14:56:52 -0000 TGI Fridays is risking a summer of disruption as first strikes start Unite will mark the first ever strikes by workers at TGI Fridays this Friday with two lunchtime protests outside restaurants in Milton Keynes stadium and Covent Garden in London from 11am. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/tgi-fridays-is-risking-a-summer-of-disruption-as-first-strikes-start/default.aspx tcm:11-34341 Wed, 16 May 2018 14:07:14 -0000 CITB plans put Constructionarium project’s future in doubt warns Unite Unite, the UK’s construction union, is warning that the groundbreaking Constructionarium project is at risk of closure as a direct result of the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) plans to close their headquarters at Bircham Newton in north Norfolk and withdraw from direct construction training. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-plan-put-constructionarium-projects-future-in-doubt-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34335 Wed, 16 May 2018 09:44:07 -0000 Rolls Royce workers beat inflation with Unite Unite has negotiated a pay deal that beats inflation over the next three years for 22,000 workers across Rolls Royce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rolls-royce-workers-beat-inflation-with-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34337 Wed, 16 May 2018 08:51:14 -0000 Carillion report must be first step in transforming shattered corporate model Unite, the UK’s largest union, is demanding the full adoption of recommendations contained in a joint select committee report (published today Wednesday 16 May) into Carillion, and is urging the government to do far more to prevent future corporate failures. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-report-must-be-first-step-in-transforming-shattered-corporate-model/default.aspx tcm:11-34329 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:01:29 -0000 NHS staff set to strike over outsourcing plans Workers fear if the trust was taken over by the subsidiary company, it would leave staff vulnerable to cuts to their pay, and terms and conditions. tcm:11-34331 Tue, 15 May 2018 13:05:15 -0000 Unite: Training and events organised for mental health awareness week Unite, the UK’s largest union, is running a series of mental health awareness courses as well as training members in mental health first aid throughout the UK to coincide with mental health awareness week (May 14-18). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-training-and-events-organised-for-mental-health-awareness-week/default.aspx tcm:11-34327 Mon, 14 May 2018 15:17:25 -0000 Build navy support ships in UK urges Unite, as minister gives green light on submarine contract Unite has called on the government to safeguard UK shipbuilding jobs for generations to come by guaranteeing the navy’s three new Fleet Solid Support ships are built in UK shipyards. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/build-navy-support-ships-in-uk-urges-unite-as-minister-gives-green-light-on-submarine-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34323 Mon, 14 May 2018 13:07:00 -0000 Luton Airport faces severe disruption as workers vote for strike action Workers directly employed by London Luton Airport in several different roles including firefighters and security guards voted overwhelmingly for strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/luton-airport-faces-severe-disruption-as-workers-vote-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34325 Fri, 11 May 2018 13:21:24 -0000 Government must enforce new tyre regulations to improve safety Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the government to fully enforce new European Union regulations which will improve safety by placing import duties on inferior quality tyres being imported from China. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-enforce-new-tyre-regulations-to-improve-safety/default.aspx tcm:11-34320 Fri, 11 May 2018 11:49:02 -0000 Government warned against ‘betraying’ UK shipbuilders amid calls for Navy ships to be built in Britain Government plans to put the £1 billion contract for building the ships out to tender in international shipyards would be an ‘act of gross betrayal’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-warned-against-betraying-uk-shipbuilders-amid-calls-for-new-navy-ships-to-be-built-in-britain/default.aspx tcm:11-34317 Fri, 11 May 2018 09:52:37 -0000 Undercover Police Inquiry: Justice delayed is justice denied Unite, the UK’s largest union, described today’s (Thursday 10 May) revelation that the inquiry into undercover policing will not deliver its final report to the home secretary until 2023 as ‘denying justice’ to the victims. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/undercover-police-inquiry-justice-delayed-is-justice-denied/default.aspx tcm:11-34305 Thu, 10 May 2018 13:54:21 -0000 Unite accuses East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust of seeking to erode staff pay with outsourcing plan Unite regional officer Kathy Walters said: “This plan is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ with the prime aim of cutting costs and eroding NHS workers’ pay, terms and conditions." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-accuses-east-kent-hospitals-university-foundation-trust-of-seeking-to-erode-staff-pay-with-outsourcing-plan/default.aspx tcm:11-34292 Wed, 9 May 2018 16:14:40 -0000 London bus drivers to receive wage boost due to Unite campaign London’s bus drivers will shortly see their minimum pay rates increase as a result of policies agreed between Unite, the UK’s largest union, and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-drivers-to-receive-wage-boost-due-to-unite-campaign/default.aspx tcm:11-34290 Wed, 9 May 2018 12:26:29 -0000 Serco workers at Barts NHS Trust demand pay justice 1,600 Serco workers at St Barts, Royal London, Whipps Cross, Mile End and Newham are demanding the same pay deal as NHS workers. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/serco-staff-at-barts-nhs-trust-demand-pay-justice/default.aspx tcm:11-34288 Wed, 9 May 2018 10:08:51 -0000 Gangmasters report ‘hits nail on the head’ on construction exploitation Unite, the construction union, has described a new report by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) as ‘hitting the nail on the head’ in identifying the reasons why exploitation and modern slavery are so prevalent in the construction industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gangmasters-report-hits-nail-on-the-head-on-construction-exploitation/default.aspx tcm:11-34282 Tue, 8 May 2018 13:04:13 -0000 London’s young people in non-payment of ‘living wage’ scandal Local councils are meant to insist that organisations with outsourcing contracts, such as GLL, should pay the voluntary London living wage. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/londons-young-people-in-non-payment-of-living-wage-scandal/default.aspx tcm:11-34273 Tue, 8 May 2018 11:11:51 -0000 Dacorum dustbin redundancy pay dispute settled The redundancy payments’ dispute at Dacorum borough council in Hertfordshire, which had seen delays in the collection of dustbins, has been settled. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/dacorum-dustbin-redundancy-dispute-settled/default.aspx tcm:11-34271 Tue, 8 May 2018 10:32:41 -0000 Unite welcomes Certification Officer’s rejection of Coyne complaint Unite welcomed today’s ruling by assistant certification officer Jeffrey Burke QC that rejected a complaint by Gerard Coyne and found that Unite had acted in accordance with its rules when calling last year’s general secretary election. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-welcomes-certification-officers-rejection-of-coyne-complaint/default.aspx tcm:11-34259 Fri, 4 May 2018 14:58:54 -0000 First ever strikes over £250 wage grab herald summer of disruption at TGI Friday’s Workers at TGI Friday’s restaurants in Milton Keynes (Stadium) and Covent Garden, London take their first ever strike action on Friday 18 May in a dispute over tips and minimum wage abuses which could cost waiting staff £250 a month in lost wages. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/first-ever-strikes-over-250-wage-grab-herald-summer-of-disruption-at-tgi-fridays/default.aspx tcm:11-34267 Fri, 4 May 2018 14:48:22 -0000 West Midlands hospital delay ‘kick in the teeth’ for local workers, patients and businesses Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described revelations that the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital may not be completed until 2022 as ‘a kick in the teeth’ for workers in the West Midlands, the local economy and patients. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/west-midlands-hospital-delay-kick-in-the-teeth-for-local-workers-patients-and-businesses/default.aspx tcm:11-34261 Fri, 4 May 2018 14:21:58 -0000 Holiday Inn owner accused of cheating workers out of a year’s wages Unite, Britain’s biggest union, accused the hotel group of cheating its lowest paid workers out of over a year’s wages because of its broken living wage pledge. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/holiday-inn-owner-accused-of-cheating-workers-out-of-a-years-wages/default.aspx tcm:11-34257 Fri, 4 May 2018 14:00:26 -0000 Unite’s BBC workers to vote on ‘modern set’ of working conditions BBC workers, members of Unite, are being recommended to vote in favour of what is being described as ‘a modern set of terms and conditions for BBC employees’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unites-bbc-workers-to-vote-on-modern-set-of-working-conditions/default.aspx tcm:11-34247 Fri, 4 May 2018 10:53:16 -0000 Workers at Staffline Recruitment in Carlisle start strike ballot in pay dispute Workers at Staffline Recruitment in Carlisle start strike ballot in pay dispute http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/workers-at-staffline-recruitment-in-carlisle-start-strike-ballot-in-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-34243 Thu, 3 May 2018 10:11:33 -0000 CITB workers launch petition to save vital skills training Workers at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have launched a petition to put pressure on its new chairman to reverse plans to outsource the organisation’s unique construction training and oppose plans to outsource so called ‘back office functions’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-workers-launch-petition-to-save-skills-training/default.aspx tcm:11-34241 Thu, 3 May 2018 09:40:40 -0000 Job guarantees at Suffolk book printer welcomed by Unite ‘Cast iron’ assurances about future job security at Suffolk book printer, Clays were welcomed by Unite today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-guarantees-at-suffolk-book-printer-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34237 Wed, 2 May 2018 16:42:12 -0000 Coroner’s toxic cabin air warning should be catalyst for public inquiry, says Unite All coroners will now be made aware of toxic cabin air and should commit to additional testing so we can get a greater understanding of its effects on cabin crew. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/coroners-toxic-cabin-air-warning-should-be-catalyst-for-public-inquiry-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34232 Tue, 1 May 2018 16:39:37 -0000 Job security is paramount as Suffolk book printer sold to Italian firm Unite's Mark Walker: "Clays is the heart of the local community in Bungay and Unite members are the heart of Clays." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/job-security-is-paramount-as-suffolk-book-printer-sold-to-italian-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-34230 Tue, 1 May 2018 15:24:23 -0000 Vast bank branch closures wreck RBS Williams and Glyn network RBS' decision to close 60 per cent of its Williams and Glyn bank branch network represents the demolition of the bank’s customer services responsibilities according to Unite/ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/vast-bank-branch-closures-wreck-rbs-williams-and-glyn-network/default.aspx tcm:11-34228 Tue, 1 May 2018 13:57:06 -0000 Steel unions respond to US extension of tariff exemptions There must be a global solution that deals with countries responsible for overcapacity and the dumping of cheap steel and aluminum. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/steel-unions-respond-to-us-extension-of-tariff-exemptions/default.aspx tcm:11-34226 Tue, 1 May 2018 10:25:41 -0000 Fresh Dial-a-Ride strikes as peace talks fail Workers at Dial-a-Ride will begin a second series of strikes tomorrow (Tuesday 1 May) after peace talks to resolve the dispute, over the withdrawal of rest days and imposition of new rosters, failed to make progress. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-dial-a-ride-strikes-as-peace-talks-fail/default.aspx tcm:11-34216 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:56:50 -0000 ‘Cruel' Staffordshire council budget cuts hit vulnerable families, warns Unite Unite regional officer Frank Keogh said: “These cruel cuts are putting vital services, such as maternal and child mental health, child protection and domestic abuse, under even more severe strain." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/cruel-staffordshire-council-budget-cuts-hit-vulnerable-families/default.aspx tcm:11-34218 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:19:17 -0000 Unite health members start balloting today on NHS pay deal Unite national officer for health Sarah Carpenter said: “Unite welcomes many aspects of this deal - however, we regard this as the start, not the end, of the journey for true pay justice for NHS staff, which we will campaign for with energy in the coming months and years." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-health-members-start-balloting-today-on-nhs-pay-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-34207 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 10:10:05 -0000 Scepticism over Sainsbury’s Asda job assurances as Unite calls for legally binding guarantees Scepticism over Sainsbury’s and Asda job assurances as Unite calls for legally binding guarantees http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/scepticism-over-sainsburys-and-asda-job-assurances-as-unite-calls-for-legally-binding-guarantees/default.aspx tcm:11-34224 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:53:15 -0000 Government action on agricultural deaths urgently needed, urges Unite On the eve of this year’s International Workers’ Memorial Day (Saturday 28 April), Unite, the UK largest union, is calling on the government to take urgent action to improve safety in agriculture, Britain’s most dangerous industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-action-on-agricultural-deaths-urgently-needed-urges-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34197 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:04:28 -0000 Parking tickets to be disrupted as Hackney traffic wardens set to strike over pay in May Unite said that the nearly 40 traffic wardens would strike for 48 hours from 00:01 on Monday 14 May, after voting by 100 per cent for industrial action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/parking-tickets-to-be-disrupted-as-hackney-traffic-wardens-set-to-strike-over-pay-in-may/default.aspx tcm:11-34195 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:49:40 -0000 Lorry drivers’ lives being placed in danger due to long hours and lack of facilities, Unite warns The lives of lorry drivers are being placed in danger due to long hours and a chronic lack of adequate welfare facilities. according to new research undertaken by Unite, the UK’s largest union, which warns the true scale of deaths is not being properly investigated due to legal loopholes. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lorry-drivers-lives-being-placed-in-danger-due-to-long-hours-and-lack-of-facilities-unite-warns/default.aspx tcm:11-34188 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:20:22 -0000 Slough facing summer stench as bin workers ballot for strike action Unite, the UK’s largest union, is preparing to ballot its refuse collection workers in Slough for strike action after a senior steward was suspended and faces dismissal on ‘trumped up charges’ in a row over lunch breaks. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/slough-facing-summer-stench-as-bin-workers-ballot-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-34178 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:40:26 -0000 GP practices face funding threat as online service ‘targets’ young people, Unite warns Doctors in Unite (DiU) said that the online NHS GP at Hand service is signing up predominately young people – and putting the future care of vulnerable groups at risk http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gp-practices-face-funding-threat/default.aspx tcm:11-34176 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:20:17 -0000 Unite calls for tougher takeover laws as GKN bid gets government go-ahead The whims of short-term speculators and hedge funds will ‘drive a coach and horses’ through the UK’s industrial strategy unless the government toughens up the UK’s takeover rules http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-tougher-takeover-laws-as-gkn-bid-gets-government-go-ahead/default.aspx tcm:11-34172 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:36:15 -0000 CITB job cuts beset by confusion, warns Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) restructuring plans are mired in confusion and the organisation is guilty of failing to properly consult the industry on its most controversial plans. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-job-cuts-beset-by-confusion/default.aspx tcm:11-34165 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:26:46 -0000 Unite response to Nissan job reductions Steve Bush said: “Unite is working with Nissan to minimise job losses associated with a short-term reduction in volumes at the car maker’s Sunderland plant." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-response-to-nissan-job-reductions/default.aspx tcm:11-34158 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:44:25 -0000