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 suspends Bank Holiday bus stoppage to allow Tower Transit to ‘reflect’ on ‘solid’ strike action “There is now breathing space for Tower Transit to do the right thing and make the commitments members need. If however, the company chooses to squander this opportunity there will be further strikes and further damage to industrial relations.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-suspends-bank-holiday-bus-stoppage-to-allow-tower-transit-to-reflect-on-solid-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-28021 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:11:01 -0000 ‘Game playing’ First Dorset buses urged to negotiate as more strikes loom Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “It’s deeply disappointing that First Dorset continue to distort the facts with untruths. This dispute should have been settled weeks ago, but attempts by Unite to do so have been hindered by First Dorset’s unwillingness to enter into meaningful talks alongside its continued attacks on staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/game-playing-first-dorset-buses-urged-to-negotiate-as-more-strikes-loom/default.aspx tcm:11-28012 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:26 -0000 Campaigners set for ‘snap’ protest against Bristol City Council cuts Unite South West regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “This protest will send a clear message to Westminster that the people of Bristol oppose these cuts and the catastrophic effect they will have on the services provided by dedicated and hardworking council staff." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/campaigners-set-for-snap-protest-against-bristol-city-council-cuts/default.aspx tcm:11-28007 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:42:19 -0000 Unite backs calls by the City and urges Sports Direct to confront ‘endemic abuses’ Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Sports Direct has achieved a rare feat in uniting the City, politicians and Unite in the need to address deep seated problems with its work practices and corporate governance." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-backs-calls-by-the-city-and-urges-sports-direct-to-confront-endemic-abuses/default.aspx tcm:11-28003 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:25:42 -0000 London bus workers gear up for two 24-hour strikes over imposition of roster changes Over 1,000 drivers, engineers and controllers at the Atlas Road bus depot in Park Royal, the Westbourne Park bus garage and the Lea interchange bus depot are involved in the dispute which affects 28 bus routes (see notes) and follows an 89.8 per cent vote in favour of strike action. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/london-bus-workers-gear-up-for-two-24-hour-strikes-over-imposition-of-roster-changes/default.aspx tcm:11-27974 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:45:18 -0000 Prudential staff vote for industrial action over offshoring to India Prudential staff have voted to take industrial action following the announcement that the company will be offshoring skilled jobs to Mumbai. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prudential-staff-vote-for-industrial-action-over-offshoring-to-india/default.aspx tcm:11-27968 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:01:24 -0000 Swingeing government cuts will decimate council services in Bristol, say unions Local government services in the historic city of Bristol will be shredded because of swingeing cuts imposed by the Tory government. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/swingeing-government-cuts-will-decimate-council-services-in-bristol-say-unions/default.aspx tcm:11-27960 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:38:28 -0000 Unite serves notice on London’s ‘unethical’ hotel sector with the launch of new report Global hotel chains stand accused of making London one of the most ‘unethical’ tourist destinations in the world by its own workforce in a hard hitting report launched today. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-serves-notice-on-londons-unethical-hotel-sector-with-the-launch-of-new-report/default.aspx tcm:11-27956 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:39:22 -0000 Unite pledges to battle threat to 325 jobs at Nottingham’s Pizza Factory Unite held l talks today with the East Midlands company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, when management revealed that there would be no job losses before January when the Tesco contract to supply ready-made chilled pizzas comes to an end http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-pledges-to-battle-threat-to-325-jobs-at-nottinghams-pizza-factory/default.aspx tcm:11-27947 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:35:12 -0000 South East housing crisis sparks month-long fact finding tour by Unite Unite said the region faces chronic housing problems with sky-high house prices, lack of affordable housing and little protection for tenants from unscrupulous landlords http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/housing-crisis-sparks-month-long-fact-finding-tour-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27938 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:38:08 -0000 New announcement on Wood Group dispute An announcement issued jointly by Wood Group and the Unite and RMT Trade Unions in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/new-announcement-on-wood-group-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27934 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:30:14 -0000 Threat to 350 jobs at Nottingham’s Pizza Factory is ‘hammer blow’ to local economy, says Unite Unite is due to hold talks with the long-established East Midlands company, owned by food giant 2 Sisters, on Friday http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/threat-to-350-jobs-at-nottinghams-pizza-factory/default.aspx tcm:11-27928 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:44:13 -0000 Unite asks BA to think again as 9 out of 10 BA cabin crew vote for industrial action over flawed ‘performance’ system Members of the 8,800-strong British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA) voted by a massive majority of 91 per cent for industrial action short of a strike http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-asks-ba-to-think-again-as-9-out-of-10-ba-cabin-crew-vote-for-industrial-action-over-flawed-performance-system/default.aspx tcm:11-27917 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:14:47 -0000 Unite waiting for arbitration OK from Weymouth bus firm Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “We are keen to get the arbitration process rolling, but the company has yet to agree the terms of reference." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-waiting-for-arbitration-ok-from-weymouth-bus-firm/default.aspx tcm:11-27919 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:58:44 -0000 ‘Fresh look’ at management style at Brighton buses welcomed by Unite Bus drivers and engineers at Brighton and Hove Buses and its subsidiary Metrobus in Crawley have suspended industrial action for further talks with management http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fresh-look-at-management-style-at-brighton-buses-welcomed-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27914 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:51:46 -0000 Unite condemns Turkish police raid on the HDP Istanbul headquarters Unite is under no doubt whatsoever that president Erdoğan has used the failed coup last month as an opportunity to embark upon a path of authoritarian and undemocratic rule, with repression of democracy and dissident voices expanding across Turkey. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-condemns-turkish-police-raid-on-the-hdp-istanbul-headquarters/default.aspx tcm:11-27906 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:05:14 -0000 Government boost needed for health visiting to maintain public health goals, says Unite Health visiting is a demoralised, stressed-out workforce doing loads of unpaid overtime and facing cuts to the profession – when their skills are needed more than ever http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-boost-needed-for-health-visiting-to-maintain-public-health-goals-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27901 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:34:52 -0000 Rail fares have risen twice as fast as wages since 2010, finds TUC The analysis shows that rail fares have risen by 25% in the last six years, while average weekly earnings have only grown by 12% http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/rail-fares-have-risen-twice-as-fast-as-wages-since-2010-finds-tuc/default.aspx tcm:11-27899 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:48 -0000 Magnox court case ‘scandal’ prompts probe call into the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority The union has called on Mr Clark, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy to examine how the NDA conducts its affairs, following a recent High Court case http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/magnox-court-case-scandal-prompts-probe-call-into-the-nuclear-decommissioning-authority/default.aspx tcm:11-27896 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:00:29 -0000 Unite secures minimum wage victory for Sports Direct workers Thousands of workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire are set to receive back pay totalling an estimated £1 million for non-payment of the minimum wage. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-minimum-wage-victory-for-sports-direct-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27891 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:10:42 -0000 Unite offers arbitration in Weymouth bus drivers’ ‘poverty pay’ dispute Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “This offer should finally put the nail in the coffin of misleading claims by the company that Unite is not prepared to go to arbitration." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-offers-arbitration-in-weymouth-bus-drivers-poverty-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27887 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:15:25 -0000 Unite and GMB workers agree to Nestlé pensions’ deal The agreement, covering 7,600 UK employees, will safeguard the future of the company’s career average defined benefit scheme http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gmb-and-unite-workers-agree-to-nestl-pensions-deal/default.aspx tcm:11-27885 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:56:09 -0000 Statement on Wood Group dispute A statement issued jointly by Wood Group and the Unite and RMT Trade Unions in relation to the current dispute involving workers on the Shell facilities in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/statement-on-wood-group-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27882 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:07:25 -0000 List of minimum wage shame the ‘tip of the iceberg’ warns Unite Steve Turner said: "From household names to football clubs it appears some employers know no shame and will go to extraordinary lengths to short change workers and dodge paying the minimum wage." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/list-of-minimum-wage-shame-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27868 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:56:42 -0000 Unite confirms nomination to re-elect Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader Unite has submitted a nomination for Jeremy to the Labour party and will support his campaign for re-election. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-confirms-nomination-to-re-elect-jeremy-corbyn-as-labour-leader/default.aspx tcm:11-27861 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:15:29 -0000 £1 billion rail carriage deal for Derby-based Bombardier hailed as ‘vote of confidence’ in UK manufacturing by Unite Unite national officer for the rail industry Tony Murphy said: “This is excellent news for the workers at Bombardier and this vote of confidence by Abellio East Anglia is a testament to their dedication, expertise and hard work. It is also good for the wider local economy and the supply chain." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/1-billion-rail-carriage-deal-for-derby-based-bombardier-hailed-as-vote-of-confidence-in-uk-manufacturing-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27851 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:45:50 -0000 Unite calls for talks as further North Sea strike dates announced Unite the union has called for urgent talks with energy company Wood Group in order to avert further strike action in the North Sea. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-talks-as-further-north-sea-strike-dates-announced/default.aspx tcm:11-27847 Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:01:07 -0000 ‘Phenomenal’ public support for Weymouth bus drivers in ‘poverty pay’ dispute Unite also branded the claims of First Hampshire & Dorset management that the more than 110 drivers are refusing to accept arbitration as ‘absolute lies’ http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/phenomenal-public-support-for-weymouth-bus-drivers-in-poverty-pay-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-27805 Mon, 8 Aug 2016 13:59:08 -0000 Hunt told ‘change the record’ on NHS pay straitjacket by Unite Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “It is time that Jeremy Hunt changed the stuck record on the gramophone and signalled that he truly values NHS staff who have seen their real incomes drop by some 15 per cent since 2010." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/hunt-told-change-the-record-on-nhs-pay-straitjacket-by-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27800 Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:02:58 -0000 ‘Fat cat’ pay for Post Office bosses as annual accounts ‘sneaked out, says Unite Unite’s renewed criticism of the management comes just days after the union wrote to the new business secretary Greg Clark urging him to investigate the financial state of the Post Office http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/fat-cat-pay-for-post-office-bosses-as-annual-accounts-sneaked-out-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27791 Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:58:03 -0000 48-hour offshore strike goes ahead as company rejects union offer The workers are facing a massive cut in pay and allowances of up to 30 per cent. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/48-hour-offshore-strike-goes-ahead-as-company-rejects-union-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-27784 Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:15:29 -0000 Brighton and Hove bus workers back strike action amid accusations of bullying Once heralded as a model employer, matters deteriorated at Brighton and Hove buses after the introduction of a new hard line management team following the retirement of the previous managing director. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/brighton-and-hove-bus-workers-back-strike-action-amid-accusations-of-bullying/default.aspx tcm:11-27777 Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:15:29 -0000 Unite ‘dismayed’ at threat to 64 housing association jobs in Cumbria The cause of the threatened job losses in Cumbria was part of a nationwide plan to save £30 million over the next three years to absorb the impact of the annual one per cent cut in housing association rents imposed by the government http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-dismayed-at-threat-to-64-housing-association-jobs-in-cumbria/default.aspx tcm:11-27779 Wed, 3 Aug 2016 15:23:34 -0000 Weymouth bus drivers would welcome ‘genuine’ talks on ‘poverty pay’ Unite said the sticking point was that the management wanted any agreement to be binding, which negated the concept that such talks should be wide-ranging and any deal hammered out then being put to a vote of the drivers http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-bus-drivers-would-welcome-genuine-talks-on-poverty-pay/default.aspx tcm:11-27769 Tue, 2 Aug 2016 16:11:21 -0000 Unite calls for Post Office financial probe by new business secretary Unite has told Greg Clark that it considers the Post Office is a ‘failed’ business, being starved of funds by its ultimate owner, the government http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-post-office-financial-probe-by-new-business-secretary/default.aspx tcm:11-27758 Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:16:58 -0000 Unite wins five year holiday pay battle with haulier Eddie Stobart Unite which represented 370 of its drivers, hailed this as ‘a victory for the benefits of union membership’, as only union drivers benefited from the successful legal action http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-wins-five-year-holiday-pay-battle-with-haulier-eddie-stobart/default.aspx tcm:11-27754 Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:49:10 -0000 Newcastle shop fitters blast ‘bizarre’ pay offer and prepare to strike Mark Sanderson said: “This ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ pay offer is not only bizarre, but insulting." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/newcastle-shop-fitters-blast-bizarre-pay-offer-and-prepare-to-strike/default.aspx tcm:11-27742 Mon, 1 Aug 2016 15:57:10 -0000 Government told to ‘fast forward’ infrastructure projects as manufacturing falls “The government needs to take immediate action to support British manufacturing and the wider industry in the wake of the Brexit vote." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-told-to-fast-forward-infrastructure-projects-as-manufacturing-falls/default.aspx tcm:11-27735 Mon, 1 Aug 2016 14:44:00 -0000 Prudential staff in Reading in strike ballot over outsourcing 75 jobs to India Unite contrasts the £2 million that will be allegedly saved by these job losses, with the four highly paid senior appointments recently made by Prudential UK chief executive, John Foley http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/prudential-staff-in-reading-in-strike-ballot-over-outsourcing-75-jobs-to-india/default.aspx tcm:11-27716 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:30:58 -0000 Drop the cuts to stop the dispute say North Sea offshore oil and gas workers A 48-hour strike is now scheduled for Thursday 4 August, affecting the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Nelson, Gannet, Shearwater and Curlew platforms. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/drop-the-cuts-to-stop-the-dispute-say-north-sea-offshore-oil-and-gas-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27713 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:18:16 -0000 Government urged to give Hinkley go-ahead following ‘historic’ decision With workers ‘shovel ready’ Unite urged the British government to sign the relevant contracts so that work could start as soon as possible and ensure the nation’s energy needs are met. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-urged-to-give-hinkley-go-ahead-following-historic-decision/default.aspx tcm:11-27711 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:06:42 -0000 Lloyds accused of cutting ‘too far too fast’ as Unite demands jobs guarantees “Lloyds should be in no doubt that Unite will oppose all compulsory redundancies and will be doing everything in its power to ensure that those employees who wish to continue working for the banking group do so.” http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/lloyds-accused-of-cutting-too-far-too-fast-as-unite-demands-jobs-guarantees/default.aspx tcm:11-27676 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:20:57 -0000 Weymouth ‘cancer’ bus drivers docked sick pay by bosses, says Unite Two Unite members were suffering from cancer and two from serious heart conditions - and the company has said that company sick pay will be docked on the days that strikes happen, even if employees have been ‘signed off’ work by their GP http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/weymouth-cancer-bus-drivers-docked-sick-pay-by-bosses-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27669 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:56:39 -0000 Unite urges EDF board to give ‘green light’ to Hinkley Point project Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “We urge the EDF board to give the financial go-ahead on a project which will generate thousands of decent skilled jobs and help meet the energy needs of the UK for generations to come." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-urges-edf-board-to-give-green-light-to-hinckley-point-project/default.aspx tcm:11-27664 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:47:51 -0000 Capita urged to drop ‘derisory’ pay plans as profits surge Dominic Hook said: “Profit hungry bosses need to drop their penny pinching pay plans and enter into meaningful talks over pay." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/capita-urged-to-drop-derisory-pay-plans-as-profits-surge/default.aspx tcm:11-27671 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:19:53 -0000 ‘Pay parity’ victory at Fawley oil refinery over ‘half pay’ for foreign workers A second 24 hour strike by about 20 specialist workers, employed by Italian company Nico Industrial Services Ltd, due to have started from 00.01 this morning at the Southampton refinery, was called off, following the deal http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/pay-parity-victory-at-fawley-oil-refinery-over-half-pay-for-foreign-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27653 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:58:15 -0000 Priti Patel quizzed on £4,000 payment to NHS volunteers who combated deadly Ebola virus Unite has now written to the new international development secretary after David Cameron at his penultimate prime minister’s question time pledged to look into the issue http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/priti-patel-quizzed-on-4000-payment-to-nhs-volunteers-who-combated-deadly-ebola-virus/default.aspx tcm:11-27623 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:06:45 -0000 Second strike at Fawley oil refinery over ‘half pay’ for foreign workers Unite said that the Nico workers, mainly Bulgarians and Italians, are being paid about £48 for a 10 hour-day, while the 270 other workers on the site, employed by other contractors, are on about £125-a-day http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/second-strike-at-fawley-oil-refinery-over-half-pay-for-foreign-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-27618 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:44:18 -0000 North Sea oil and gas workers strike solid as support floods in from around the globe Messages of support for striking workers on Shell platforms across the North Sea have been flooding in from around the globe. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/north-sea-oil-and-gas-workers-strike-solid-as-support-floods-in-from-around-the-globe/default.aspx tcm:11-27610 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:38:39 -0000 ‘Window of opportunity’ to solve Weymouth bus dispute, says Unite Unite said the management of First Hampshire & Dorset Ltd should take a leaf out of the books of other First Group managements in Glasgow and Leeds where progress has been made to solve two industrial disputes http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/window-of-opportunity-to-solve-weymouth-bus-dispute-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-27596 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:41:24 -0000